Updated: Apr 14
Biophilic Design is all about incorporating nature into our indoor environment. It comes from word Biophilia – meaning Love of Nature. It focuses on human's intuitive attraction to nature and it's increasing importance of our health and well-being. At the end of the day, aren’t those the most important factors in our lives?
Did you know we spend 90% of our lives indoors? Are you stunned by this number? I know I am. Biophilia sits at the core of my approach to interior design and life. Together with sustainability, Biophilia is the groundwork of Barbulianno's concept. For someone who loves nature and believes there is nothing more beautiful and calming than being surrounded by greenery, this really gave me something to think about.
Why is Biophilic Design good for you?
Using Biophilic design principles in our home home gives us a wonderful sense of calmness and protection, mental restoration and improved productivity. Implementing Biophilic design to our homes, workplaces, schools, public places has profound health and economic benefits. Access to nature is a biological necessity and bringing it indoors significantly improves our well-being. In an urban world of technology, we somehow got disconnected from what should be natural to us.
"The benefits of contact with nature often happen on repeated experience. People may possess an inherent inclination to affiliate with nature, but like much of what makes us human, this biological tendency needs to be nurtured and develop to become functional ".(Wilson 1986, Kellert 2012)
We have all the tools so why not bring in the beautiful outdoors into our indoor world. Not just in our homes but our workplace too. So many studies showed how important is to cleverly design work-space in order to improve employee's well-being and productivity.
How to implement Biophilic Design in your home?
The whole idea of Biophilic design is to apply natural principles to your home and by doing so improve health and well-being. The ways to translate these principals in interiors are numerous and each of them plays a vital role in the whole concept. It's bringing nature closer to us by implementing Vegetation, Natural Lights, Textures and Materials providing a positive impact on our everyday life:
Open those windows widely and let the fresh air and sound of nature find the way into your home and your mind. Listen carefully to the sound of birds, rain or wind. Breathing in fresh air improves your immune system function and your mood. If you have curtains, I would suggest to open them all the way so the fabric doesn't obstruct the flow of fresh air.
Vitamin D also known as the sunshine vitamin — vital to the regulation of calcium, lowers high blood pressure, helps muscles and overall health. So try to maximise natural light in your home by getting rid of any piece of furniture, blinds, curtains, anything that’s blocking the full potential of sunlight. I could go on and on how important natural light is. If you wish to get more in-depth, I wrote a separate article dedicated solely to the benefits of natural light in your home and how to increase it.
Get a good amount of greenery and you will see the difference instantly. I love waking up next to a beautiful Palm Tree (and of course my hubby too 😊). Plants are not just pretty, they are also natural air purifiers and mood boosters. As the Colour Physiology says - Green is one of the most relaxing colours that restores your energy and it helps you clear your mind. Don't worry, you don’t have to be an expert on keeping your plants alive, just choose the ones with low maintenance.
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With that being said I am trying to surround myself with as many green friends as possible. My husband says if I could, I would turn our flat into a jungle (that’s how bad it is 😊). I’m not kidding, take a look at my home office:
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Bring In Natural Materials
To embrace nature even further try and get as much as possible natural materials like bamboo, cork, sustainable timber, stone and rattan in your home. It can be implemented through the furniture, home decor, kitchen worktops, floors, you name it. I've listed sustainable materials on purpose. Living in modern society and consumerism it is vital to be mindful when choosing materials. Biophilic design plays a big part in Sustainability and I encourage you to try and implement those concepts to your home wherever possible.
Embrace Shapes of Nature
Nature is all about curves, soft edges, patterns and small imperfections, contrasting straight lines and right angles that we normally used in interiors. The goal is to get the natural feel and cosiness through the curved furniture, curtains made of organic textiles, arch-shaped doors and windows, cushions with different patterns and disproportional home decor as an architectural feature.
Sound of Water
Water sounds create a soothing atmosphere for our mind. Sound of waves is encouraging a peaceful pace of thought processing. The sound of flowing water helps with the deep relaxation of your body and mind, taking you to your own “happy place”. If you have some space in your garden making a small pond is undoubtedly a fun project to take on. You could enjoy the sounds of water all day long. But if that’s a bit to a big project for you, getting a small fountain indoors is another great way of accessing those soothing sounds of water. Either way, make sure you use water mindfully and minimise the needed amount.
Colours of Nature
Nature is plentiful with colours, each season bringing in a different theme. Don’t shy away from using bold colours in your home. It can be an accent wall if you don’t fancy painting the whole room and it will still have a significant effect on your overall mood. If you wish to get a less permanent option, maybe go for wallpaper instead. Petronella Hall has exquisite wallpaper collection entirely inspired by nature. Each colour affects your mood differently - “Colours, like features, follow the changes of the emotions,” the artist Pablo Picasso once remarked. Colours to consider — soft greens, light blues, lemon yellow, shades of brown, pink, bright orange, cream and many more.
Create a wall gallery with a collection of your favourite wildflowers, forest, a picture of a rising sun, singing birds, framed living wall, anything that reminds you on your treasured moments spent in nature. As they say "Art speaks where words are unable to explain."
Implement greenery to your home and get closer to nature:
If you are lucky enough to have a Lake House, this might be your cup of tea 😊
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The positive impact a natural connection has on our productivity, creativity, reduced stress levels and overall health is spectacular. What element will you apply to your home?
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