Architects use nature as inspiration by working around the existing natural features of any property. Interior design is about to do the same! It can be hard to stay on top of the latest trends when interior design trends change like the seasons.
Last year, it was all about balancing vintage and cottagecore aesthetics without cluttering your home; this year, interior design is all about biophilia. Not sure what that is? Don’t worry! Read on to learn all about biophilic interior design and how it uses nature to create gorgeous, healthier living spaces.
What Is Biophilic Interior Design?
Biophilia is the idea that humans inherently seek to connect with the natural world around them to attain wellness. Its direct translation is “the love of living things.”
Biophilia is why you feel at peace listening to waves crashing on the sandy shore and why you feel lit up from inside by the warmth of the sun in winter.
Biophilic interior design uses our innate love of nature and connection as the inspiration behind every design choice, from the materials and furniture finishings to the lighting and acoustics. Biophilic design embraces and showcases our dependence on nature.
In today’s hyper-modern world, too few of our interiors celebrate nature. Biophilic design aims to reconnect us with our environment, even in the middle of an urban jungle.
Elements of Biophilic Interior Design
At its core, biophilic design calls attention to the innate appeal of nature, the satisfaction we feel surrounded by nature, and the emotional connections we form with landscapes, plants, and animals.
When designing an interior with biophilia in mind, these are the elements you use to create a sense of serenity and well-being.
1. Direct Contact with Nature
Biophilic interiors encourage connection with nature. Therefore, direct contact with the outdoors is ideal in a biophilic space. Outdoor showers, doors connecting inside rooms with outdoor spaces, skylights, and more can all bring nature directly into the home.
Many biophilic interiors make use of floor-to-ceiling windows to keep the space open and welcoming. Instead of framing the view from your home, you want to create the feeling of direct, physical contact with the outside.
2. Materials Pay Homage to Nature
Biophilic interiors are all about the natural. Wood, stone, natural fabrics, and other natural materials are spread throughout the home to heighten the connection of the decor to the outside world.
Natural decor elements pay homage to nature while keeping your space comfortable and functional.
3. Connection to Natural Rhythms
The third and final element of biophilic interior design involves building a connection to nature by displaying or mimicking its natural rhythms. This is often achieved through lighting—window placement, skylights, lightbulbs, and fire or candlelight.
How to Decorate a Biophilic Interior
Biophilic interiors are thought to help reduce stress, improve cognitive function, increase creativity, decrease blood pressure, reduce heart rate variability, and increase activity in our nervous systems.
If you want to experience these benefits for yourself, here’s how to transform your home into a biophilic utopia.
The first (and most obvious) way to create a biophilic interior is to introduce as many plants as possible. Indoor plants have become a staple for many interior design styles, but they are the core and foundation of biophilic interiors.
Use north-facing window plants to create a haven of light and flora. The brightness from your north-facing windows will keep your plants happy and thriving, which makes you happy in return!
Use natural materials, patterns, textures, and colors to bring the outdoors inside your home. Our favorite ways to do this include:
- Stone accent walls
- Quartz kitchen countertops
- Wooden tables, desks, chairs
- Natural fabrics (linen, cotton, wool, etc.)
- Brown, beige, and green color scheme
- Macrame fiber art
Avoid synthetic materials or finishes. Bringing nature into your home includes celebrating its many uses!
Biophilic interior design plays with natural light to encourage relaxation. Take advantage of every window in your home to bring in as much natural light as possible.
Once the sun sets, consider making use of technology-free light sources. Candles and fires have soft, red light which triggers relaxation and feelings of rest. Indoor fire pits are a wonderful way to keep warm in the cooler months and they create a multi-sensory experience for you and your family.
Going further than just the aesthetics of your home, biophilic interior design aims to actually improve your quality of life. One of the ways it does this is by incorporating proper ventilation and carefully designed airflow throughout the house.
You can find wide-open spaces everywhere in nature, so open spaces are important in a biophilic interior.
Make sure your home has a natural, organic flow throughout each room. Instead of boxing off the seating in your home, biophilic interiors lean into open-plan living techniques. Find ways to seamlessly transition from one room to the next and from indoor spaces to outside.
Create Your Biophilic Interior Today
If you’re feeling the weight of urbanism and technology, it’s time to go back to the basics. Using biophilic interior design principles in your home is a great way to reduce stress and improve your quality of life.
Are you ready to bring nature into your home?
Be sure to check out our blog for more interior design tips to transform your space as well as guides for looking after your home the right way.