There is no doubt this year has been different and re-defining for some in so many ways. With the shorter days and cold season just around the corner, the interior spaces in which we are spending most of our time nowadays will become the key to manage our overall well being and health.
As humans, in one way or another, we all have a tendency to seek a connection to nature. Nature is where many of us seek refuge from our busy lives. For me, I feel the calmest and most content in my mind when I'm amongst trees and near a water's edge. In fact, doctors in Japan often prescribe forest walks before anti-depressants. With all of us having to spend more time indoors soon as winter approaches, this is an opportunity to strengthen our connection to nature through biophilic design in our spaces.
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The concept of biophilia has gained popularity in the interior design world due to its holistic approach to design. But before we tell you how you can implement it at home, let’s first understand its meaning. The word biophilia originates from the Greek root words ‘bio’ meaning life or living things, and 'philia' meaning 'love of'. It literally means a love of life or living things. When we talk about biophilia in interior design, we refer to not only plants but textures, colours, light, and ventilation – really, anything that connects us to nature.
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Biophilia has a huge impact on our well being from reducing our stress level, to enhancing concentration and boosting productivity. Luckily for some of us who work from home, biophilia can be integrated into our homes and everyday life through the use of plants (faux and real – we won’t tell), access to windows and natural light, the use of natural textures like wood and stone, and color pallets that simulate the great outdoors.
Here are some examples of how biophilic design can be introduced to our home spaces:
Of course, when we talk about nature, we have to start with plants! Nowadays, there is a wide variety of options, even if you don't have a green thumb. From trees, air plants, branches, and anything in between, plants will always add visual interest to your home. Make sure to consider their size, light, and water requirements before committing to one. Some of our all-time favorite plants to go for are succulents, cactuses, and dried branches due to being ultra-low maintenance. Whether potted, wall-mounted or suspended, plants can help create privacy, divide spaces within a room, or create mini environments.
A good way to play with both plants and accessories to achieve a biophilic design is by using pots and planters in materials like wood, ceramic, terrazzo, terra cotta, and concrete. These organic materials help bring the outdoors indoors and can be easily adapted in different design styles.
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As a versatile alternative to traditional plants, moss is also a great way to introduce greenery to your interior. Moss not only improves air quality it also has noise reduction benefits. Normally seen in commercial projects, the use of moss in residential spaces is growing due to its wide variety of shapes and sizes that can fit in any space. The main benefit of moss is that some species are not in active growth, so they don’t need water or soil, or much care, making it a great alternative for people who don’t have much time for maintenance. Moss can last about 10 to 25 years, depending mostly on humidity levels, making it a perfect option for bathrooms. If you would like to know how to incorporate a living wall in your home design, get in touch with us!
Colour and Texture:
Another way to bring nature indoors is through the use of wallpapers, fabrics and colour schemes that mimic natural elements. When we integrate wood grains, stones, and natural imagery, we create a more organic and natural feeling. Botanical patterns can also be used as focal accents on walls or accent cushions. It creates the ultimate cozy environment, especially when it's combined with fur textures.
Wallpaper is an easy way to create an eye-catching accent wall. Today they are available in a wide variety of designs and botanical designs have become very popular. Some of our favorites are ones of natural landscapes with wildlife hidden amongst the pattern, just to add a hint of whimsy. You can go bold (on the left) or subtle (on the right), depending on your design style, but either way, you are bringing a bit of nature home.
Woodgrains are also a perfect addition for a natural look! Woodgrains not only help by adding warmth to the space, it also adds a raw rustic feel when used properly in millwork or accent furniture. Another favorite is the trend of live edge furniture, it has been around for a while and it doesn't seem to be going anywhere soon. No complaints from our end because it is perfect for creating a biophilic design that breaths life into a home.
Stones normally tend to have a cold and harsh look, but visually they can also add texture through their grains and colour. However, if marble, quartz, or concrete are coupled with softer and lighter materials like wicker or bamboo, it will balance out the coolness of the material and stimulate the balance of nature.
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Natural fabric fibers like cotton, wool, and linen are perfect to pull together an organic look. Use them not only in upholstery but also in area rugs, pillowcases, throws, and sheets, these materials are long-lasting and a great option for more sustainable products.
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Art, Lighting, and Accessories:
Accent pieces that represent nature are key to tieing the style together. Available in the form of prints, wall art, sculptures, and even lighting fixtures, organically inspired accessory elements like these are the perfect way to mix and combine biophilic design into your accessories plan.
Biophilic design has been shown to be an essential way to make your home a healthier place and improve your overall well-being. We have always been aware of the benefits of nature, so why not bring those benefits into your home? With beautifully designed organic pieces, the possibilities are endless to make your home the perfect indoor-outdoor space – at least until spring comes back next year. Get in touch with us if you are ready to cozy at home this winter.