Biophilic Design has made waves in the interior design world, capturing the appeal of homeowners and designers alike. Defined as a “love of life and the living world,” biophilia is the catalyst for this renewed design trend, reinforcing the irrefutable link between humans and the natural world. Sensory in its design, biophilic spaces are well-thought out, evoking the sights, smells and sounds of nature to rejuvenate the body and mind. Here’s how you can bring this movement into your own space.
4 Benefits of Biophilic Design
Exposure to nature can reduce your heart rate, lower blood pressure and decrease stress-hormone levels.
Regulate Your Circadian Rhythm
Natural light helps to regulate your circadian rhythm which impacts sleep patterns, hormones, eating habits and body temperature.
Enhance Air Quality
Live plants convert the carbon dioxide we exhale into fresh oxygen and increase humidity by transpiring through their leaves. They also remove toxins from the air we breathe by absorbing chemicals.
Improve Your Mood
Increased hours of sunlight boosts the brain’s production of the mood-enhancing chemical serotonin, and increases the body’s Vitamin D which may regulate moods and reduce seasonal depression.
Get the Look at Home
Create synergy between nature and your home by bringing natural elements indoors. Skylights and windows bring an abundance of natural light into the home, while unique design features like waterfalls and fireplaces allow you to embrace the four natural elements of earth, air, water and fire. Open your home’s doors to let the sounds of nature further ignite your senses and ground you in your environment.
Hang eucalyptus to evoke calm, decrease pain, promote relaxation, and relieve cold symptoms.
Style a moss centrepiece to be the focal point of the tablescape, elevating the overall space.
Add touches of greenery in your home office to boost calm and productivity.
Open-shelving is a great opportunity to incorporate natural elements, plants and materials.
1. Emulate Natural Patterns and Landscapes
Draw inspiration from the organic shapes and patterns that are ever-present in nature and implement them into your home’s interior design. This practice of emulating nature’s forms — also known as biomimicry — is used in biophilic design. Mimic the ocean’s waves with wall panels or add abstract lighting to pay homage to earth’s natural geometry.
2. Incorporate Greenery
One of the simplest ways to create a biophilic design is by incorporating greenery into your home. Curate a diverse collection of plants and add them to each room to create a natural and earthy environment with ample health and wellness benefits.
3. Embrace Natural Materials
Reinforce the indoor-outdoor connection by incorporating natural materials like foliage, stone, wood or greenery into your home’s wall treatments or free-standing decor pieces. Create a centrepiece with moss or pine cones, build a wooden fireplace mantel or opt for stone flooring.
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