Originally developed for use in sport fields, the latest decorating trend sees artificial grass being installed indoors to create green rugs, walls and even furniture.
Artificial grass has long been used to replace live grass in outdoor spaces such as roof-top terraces or synthetic grass sports fields, giving the appearance of a lush lawn year round and even in drought conditions.
Now the idea of bringing the outdoors inside using artificial grass is gaining popularity, especially in commercial and office interior designs.
Recent studies show that employees are more productive and dynamic when they have the feeling of grass under their feet. In addition, green is a colour that symbolizes nature and balance, and is often used in decorating for its calming effect.
Some of the new indoor residential applications of artificial grass include children's bedrooms, where it is installed to create playground areas that are fun and safe. The material is also suitable for those with plant and grass allergies as it does not contain pollen or other natural elements that could trigger a reaction.
Hotels have taken to installing artificial grass, as it can make a great addition to a lobby area or to an indoor swimming pool or spa, creating a bright green natural effect inside the building and allowing guests to relax.
Another option is to apply artificial grass on walls or as coverings for furnishings. This look has become popular in commercial and retail shops, including bars and restaurants, though it can also be suitable for home or office decoration.
Artificial grass is appropriate for indoor use as it is non-toxic – making it ideal for children or pets – as well as non-flammable and 100 per cent recyclable. The material used is also UV resistant so the material will preserve its original colour in the summer, and it is suitable for all kind of climates. There are many brands on the market that offer very natural-looking types of artificial grass.
Best of all, it is easy to maintain, offering a grassy look while requiring no soil, pesticides, fertiliser or water.
Today most of the companies producing synthetic grass do it in a sustainable way, using environmentally friendly raw materials, and creating a completely re-usable product within a closed loop manufacturing cycle.
Natural grass lovers may argue artificial grass will never replace the real thing. However, it can be a very good alternative surface to concrete, carpets, tiles or any other flooring and materials used in interior design and decoration.