Biophilic design is a concept that has been gaining popularity over the past few years. It leverages the idea of blending natural elements into home interiors - helping to bring us closer to nature and reap its benefits. The term is new, but the concept is as old as human history- it has been around since ancient civilizations used plants and natural elements in their dwellings. From plants, wood accents, and natural materials to water features and green walls, biophilic design is quickly becoming the go-to choice for home décor (Siganporia, 2020).
Bountiful Benefits of Biophilic Home Design
Biophilic design isn’t just about beautifying your home. It is being used to create functional, beautiful, and nature-inspired spaces. It can make a house more cozy and create healthier indoor environments.
Studies have shown that incorporating nature into your home can help reduce stress, improve mood, boost creativity and focus, and increase productivity. It also improves air quality, reduces noise levels, and increases energy efficiency (Zhong, 2021). Plus, it can be a great way to increase the value of your home.
Even if you’re not a nature enthusiast, biophilic design can work wonders in your home. It doesn’t matter if you live in a city or rural area - there’s always ways to bring nature inside. Here are some ideas on how you can get started:
Tips on Creating a Nature-Themed Home Interior
1. Use plants, foliage, and greenery
Greenery adds natural accents throughout your living space. It's a classic way to bring nature inside your home, making it feel cozy and inviting. From potted plants to hanging planters and wall art, there are plenty of ways to incorporate plants.
Put sprigs of greenery in vases around your space, or add a vertical wall garden for some extra pizzazz. Some potted plants on tables, shelves, or windowsills will create a stunning focal point.
Select plants that are easy to look after and will flourish in your local climate. Succulents and air plants are great options, as they require minimal care.
Using pots with natural materials such as terracotta, stone, or wooden planters can help bring a rustic feel to any home.
2. Add wood elements, like furniture or shelves, for a rustic look
Who doesn’t love the warmth and charm of wood? Use natural wood accents to bring texture into your home. The possibilities are endless, from furniture pieces, such as chairs and tables, to shelves and accent walls. For an extra rustic touch, choose furniture made from reclaimed wood or distressed wood. This will give your space a unique feel and bring in some natural warmth.
3. Incorporate natural materials
Using stone and clay tiles in your flooring and wall treatments adds a touch of rustic elegance to any room. Natural fiber rugs are also a great way to bring texture and softness into the space. Natural materials that are sustainable and eco-friendly are best. Not only are they good for the environment and promote occupant health, but they also add a unique flare to your home.
4. Take advantage of natural lighting
Natural light helps the human body naturally regulate its circadian rhythms, making us feel more energized during the day and relaxed in the evening (Osibona et al., 2021). By taking advantage of natural light, you can reduce your energy costs and create a more inviting living space. Open up curtains and shades during the day to let light in, or install skylights to bring in more light from above.
5. Hang artwork featuring nature scenes or landscapes
Nature-themed artwork highlights your connection with the outdoors. Woodland, ocean, and mountain landscapes are all great choices. They add a touch of beauty and serenity to any room.
6. Install a water feature
If you have the space and budget, a fountain or waterfall can provide a soothing backdrop to any room. The sound of trickling water helps create a more relaxing atmosphere. Not only do they elevate the quality of air, but they also serve as an effective humidifier. Take caution, however, installing fountain in already humid areas can increase the chances of mold and mildew buildup (Seputra, 2018).
7. Use natural colors and textures
Earth tones give you a calming and inviting atmosphere. Soft colors for your walls, furniture, and fabrics help create a serene space. Textures like knits and wools help add warmth to the room.
Whatever you choose, always consider your home’s existing color palette. Too many colors can create a cluttered look.
Adopting biophilic design in our homes is known to be energy-efficient and sustainable. Doing so reduces our reliance on artificial lighting and HVAC systems, which use a lot of energy.
Using natural materials in your home’s interior can create a comfortable and inviting atmosphere while also helping to reduce its environmental impact. But remember, these should enhance and not overwhelm your home’s décor.
Why not give the biophilic design a try? You may be surprised at how much impact a few simple changes can make!
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Zhong, W., Schroder, T., Bekkering, J. (2021). Biophilic design in architecture and its contributions to health, well-being, and sustainability: A critical review. Frontiers of Architectural Research. https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2095263521000479
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