Biophilic interior design is a holistic approach to integrating nature and elements of the outdoors into our built or man-made environment. Visual and sensory connections to the natural world are central to this concept. It is rooted in the theory that humans have an inherent desire to interact with living beings and natural settings. Biophilia literally means “love of life,” and as studies have proven– this yearning for the natural world is deeply ingrained in our collective consciousness.
Why are biophilic interiors so important today? For starters, research has shown that being outside or in proximity to nature makes us feel good—both physically and emotionally. Surrounded by sensory cues like lush foliage, natural sunlight, and earthen elements that mimic the outdoors, our stress levels plunge as feel-good hormones kick in.
Further, a growing body of research indicates that routine exposure to nature or natural analogs improves cognitive function, boosts creativity, enhances concentration, and lowers blood pressure. Whether it’s a window looking out on a rural landscape, a fresh spring bouquet, or a living wall brimming with greenery, the result is the same– serenity and harmony.
The vast majority of Americans spend 90% of their days indoors– a fact that underscores our increasing disconnect with nature. Interior biophilic design strives to bridge this gap by bringing actual and subtle reflections of the outdoors to our indoor spaces.
Elements of a Biophilic Design Interior
Integrating direct or indirect elements of the natural world in interior settings is associated with many therapeutic benefits. This includes high self-reported rates of psychological well-being. It’s no surprise that biophilic interior design has gained traction in restaurants, hotels, office buildings, healthcare clinics, and other commercial settings. From building materials and botanical shapes to living plants, interior designers are utilizing biophilic elements to create an authentic connection to the outdoors and boost our health in the process.
It’s all about crafting a multi-sensory experience that stimulates and inspires. For better context, here are some biophilic design interior examples:
- Foliage and plant life – Hanging baskets, potted shrubs, and ceramic wall planters work in harmony to connect interior spaces with the outdoor world.
- Patterns, textures, and shapes common in nature – Naturally occurring shapes, such as fractals or the node of a tree, can be applied to floor plans, furniture, textiles, and living wallscapes.
- Earthen materials – Such as stone, wood, cork, rattan, bamboo, iron, and clay project a warm atmosphere for occupants
- Daylight and good ventilation – Exposure to natural sunlight and fresh air is critical for mood and immune system health. Slight changes in airflow and light intensity also mimic the natural environment.
- Colors of nature – Mother Nature is teeming with mood-influencing colors that offer visual reminders of the environs beyond the walls. Filled with your choice of flora, modern ceramic vases are ideal for restaurants, reception areas, or any space that needs a stunning focal point.
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