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Greenery for Cannabis Retail Spaces

Cannabis Store Decor. Greenery by Greenscape Design and Decor

Interior design and cannabis are two words that seem to be oddly paired. Yet, today’s cannabis store design is a modern lesson in interior design. The days of hidden back-alley dispensaries are quickly becoming an almost forgotten memory.

Many cannabis retail stores feature a modern, minimalist design, far from boring. Clean lines with a clear sightline are trademarks of minimalist design elements.

Some stores incorporate the popular trend of adding greenery to the décor. Potted houseplants, faux plants, and living walls have all graced cannabis store decor in recent years. In BC specifically, cannabis retailers usually favour the use of greenery that resembles the natural landscapes of the west coast: moss, ferns, and lush rainforest plants.

How to Choose the Overall Store Design


cannabis retail stores decor

As with almost everything associated with the cannabis industry, there are regulations for store design. Provincial regulations in Canada can cover, for example, how product displays are setup inside the retail space, and what products customers are and aren't able to handle. It's important to check provincial regulations before a retailer can decide on the layout of a cannabis store.

Once state regulations are met, personal choices come into play in cannabis store decor. The overall atmosphere experienced by the customer is perhaps the most important consideration. Should customers feel like they have entered a clinical atmosphere? Or, is a more welcoming, friendly environment preferable?

Minimalist Design Elements

Cannabis store design tends to be relatively minimalist in nature. The most stylish spaces incorporate display areas that are uncluttered yet well-stocked. Elements of glass, wood, and sometimes metal lend a modern style to a store.

The clean, minimalistic designs that are typical in a retail space of this type can seem uninviting and cold. So, owners incorporate elements that invite customers into the space. Many choose for their store to be decorated with houseplants to create a more warm, welcoming environment.

How does one choose the appropriate plants for their retail space? The size of the space is a factor. If the space is tiny, a large tree would be an overwhelming choice. A large space would likely engulf small plants with empty space.

Greenery in Cannabis Store Decor

Many retail spaces are now choosing trendy décor over sterile, clinical aesthetics. They choose to incorporate popular plants in their overall retail design. From pictures of the plants they sell to moss walls and faux greenery, cannabis store design embraces the west coast landscape.

Some retail locations have added a touch of green here and there with a potted plant. Others incorporate greenery into various pieces of art. Some even use moss or faux cannabis to create unique signage for the space. Still others choose to create entire walls from plants lending a soothing, peaceful quality to the space.

The addition of greenery creates a relaxed feeling in the space. Each additional green element enhances the calming nature of the space. Those who choose to have an entire greenery wall provide unique sensory experiences for their customers.

Cannabis retail Spaces Decor. Choosing the overall store layout


Today’s cannabis store design is moving beyond a sterile, clinical atmosphere. Many owners are incorporating plants into their store décor. The use of plants helps to provide an inviting, peaceful atmosphere.

Some stores choose to only post pictures of greenery. Others add living or faux potted plants for an added welcoming touch. Some choose to make a distinctive focal point using plants and moss on a full wall. Many have embraced the beauty of west coast foliage and incorporated it into their overall design.

Store owners should be mindful of their space when choosing plants. A small place needs a selection of smaller plants. A large plant requires a large space. Plant walls can be created almost anywhere there is a wall.


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