Biophilic design is a growing trend in interior design that incorporates elements of nature to create more relaxing and physically and emotionally healthy environments
Biophilic design is a concept that draws inspiration from various trends of recent years, bringing them together in a single concept: creating healthy and sustainable spaces. It stems from the idea that humans have an innate connection with nature and that exposure to natural elements can positively impact our well-being. It is also a response to the need to reduce the environmental impact of our buildings.
In essence, biophilic design is an architectural trend that seeks to connect us with nature in a therapeutic manner, as a way to offset the negative effects of an increasingly urbanized and technological world. The concept looks here to stay with its design-for-life appeal, and already, major cities such as New York, Singapore, and Barcelona have embraced this trend.
The key features of biophilic design include:
Natural light: maximising the use of natural light creates a bright and airy feel. This can be achieved with large windows, sliding doors, glass curtains or skylights. Treated glass is recommended to minimize the need for artificial air conditioning indoors. Alternatively, awnings, curtains or blinds can be installed to manage indoor temperatures.
Natural materials: incorporating natural and sustainable materials such as wood, stone, terracotta, brick and ceramics in the architectural design recreates the feeling of warmth and calm that comes from being in nature. Also, choose natural materials for furniture, flooring, wall coverings and textiles, such as wicker, bamboo, rattan, stone, iron, copper, cotton, wool or linen.
Plants: using living, breathing plants increases our vital connection with nature. Bringing plants indoors, through pot plants, hanging plants, vertical gardens and even trees has the dual function of improving air quality and adding natural beauty. Plants can also be arranged in such a way that they make wonderfully functional room dividers to create different spaces and ambiences.
Water features: adding fountains and waterfalls, no matter how big or small, can contribute to a sense of tranquillity in a space.
Biophilic design also encompasses colour choices, favouring neutral colours and clean lines. It fits well with decorating styles such as minimalist, Scandi, bohemian or boho chic.