Biophilic design is a top trend for 2020 and simply put, it’s an innovative way to create buildings that enable humans to connect with the natural world. This design has gained its popularity from the realisation that most people spend almost 90% of their lives indoors. This, therefore, makes the Biophilic interior design extremely beneficial when it comes to creating a healthy living and working environment. Below is a highlight of some ways to incorporate Biophilic design to your home;
- LET IN FRESH AIR. In previous architecture, there were so many structures that consisted of windowless spaces with artificial lighting. Spending prolonged time in such an environment is said to result in sensory deprivation and promote negative feelings towards the overall space. It may sound cliche, but opening a window or a door to let in the fresh air can get rid of these bad “feelings.” Breathing fresh air improves the immune system as well as sets the mood for the day.
- MAXIMIZE ON NATURAL LIGHTING. Natural lighting is said to be the number one feature that any homeowner looks for while in the market for a house. As humans, we are automatically attracted to warm and inviting spaces. Having access to daylight is known to help in our circadian rhyme that helps improve both productivity by day and sleep by night. Always maximise the amount of light in your home by keeping the windows and doors open. If you are blessed with ample space, design an outdoor space such as a patio or a garden backyard to make the most use of natural lighting.
- EMBRACE SHAPES OF NATURE. Nature comes in a variety of shapes from contrasting straight lines, right angles, curves and soft edges. Incorporating Biophilic design will involve designing some prominent features that bring the outdoors in. For instance, Artek’s wood bending technique is used to tailor furniture that offer a natural feel and cosiness. The curtains and other home decors ought to be made from organic textiles and materials.
- LET THERE BE WATER. Water is Life. Studies show that water is an important element in improving one’s mood and reducing stress. In most homes, water may not be naturally occurring in the neighbourhood in the form of streams, rivers and lakes. Hence one can recreate a water feature in their home such as adding an aquarium or a fountain to their space.
- ADD SOME GREENERY. Plants are perhaps the easiest choice when it comes to Biophilic design. Plants loaded within the home can increase the oxygen levels that consequently help in concentration and productivity. One could start by growing their herbs or creating a kitchen garden with plants that require minimal care such as succulents.
- USE NATURAL COLOUR. The world has an abundance of color from the deep blue sea to the green of the forest. Don’t be afraid to use natural colors such as shades of green and brown to your home. These tones bring depth, calmness and warmth to any space. Introduce nature by also adding pieces of natural art such as nature prints or botanical wall hangings.
- USE NATURAL MATERIALS. A homeowner can incorporate Biophilic design to a home through the use of natural materials such as wood, bamboo, cork, rattan and stone. This can be anything from the furniture, countertops, shelving and floor tiles. The material you use for the interior decor of your home can influence one’s health and wellness especially if they are sustainably sourced to ensure both the room’s users and the planet stay alive.