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What is Biophilic Interior Design and How To Incorporate Into Your Home

originally published by Barbulianno Design

Did you know we spend 90% of our lives indoors? Are you stunned by this number? I know I am. Luckily Biophilic Interior Design is extremely beneficial when it comes to creating a healthy living and working environment. Those benefits are much more than interior aesthetics. In short, Biophilic Interior Design means incorporating nature into our indoor environment. It comes from the word Biophilia – meaning Love of Nature. Biophilic Design focuses on creating a calming space with a visual connection with nature while improving wellbeing, health and productivity.

Here is How To Incorporate Biophilic Design Into Your Home

Biophilic Interior Design is bringing nature closer to us by implementing vegetation, natural light, textures and materials providing a positive impact on our everyday life and here is how:

1. Fresh Air

Open those windows widely and let the fresh air and sound of nature find the way into your home and your mind. Listen carefully to the sound of birds, rain or wind. Breathing in fresh air improves your immune system function and your mood.

2. Maximize Natural Light
example of biophilic design - increasing natural light




Embrace natural light wherever possible.

Vitamin D, also known as the sunshine vitamin — vital to the regulation of calcium, lowering high blood pressure, helps muscles and overall health. Try to maximize natural light in your entire home by repositioning any piece of furniture, blinds, curtains, anything that’s blocking the full potential of sunlight.



3. Incorporate Plants

What is Biophilic Office design.


Get the right amount of greenery, and you will see the difference instantly. Plants are not just gorgeous; they are also natural air purifier and mood booster.

As the Color Physiology says – Green is one of the most relaxing colors that restores your energy and helps clear your mind. No worries, you don’t have to be an expert on keeping your plants alive.

4. Use Natural Materials

To embrace nature even further try and get as much as possible natural materials like bamboo, cork, sustainable timber, stone and rattan in your home. It can be implemented through the furniture, home decor, kitchen worktops, floors, you name it. Living in modern society and consumerism it is vital to be mindful when choosing materials.

Purposely I’ve listed sustainable materials, as Biophilic design plays a big part in Sustainability and I encourage you to try and implement those concepts to your home wherever possible. See the full list of environmentally friendly materials here.

5. Embrace Shapes of Nature
Living room Biophilic Design example

Incorporate round shaped furniture.

Nature is all about curves, soft edges, patterns and small imperfections, contrasting straight lines and right angles that we normally used in interiors. The goal is to get the natural feel and cosiness through the curved furniture, curtains made of organic textiles, arch-shaped doors and windows, cushions with different patterns and disproportional home decor as an architectural feature.



6. Sound of Water

Indoor fountain as a Biophilic decorative piece.


Water sounds create a soothing atmosphere for our mind. Sound of waves is encouraging a peaceful pace of thought processing. The sound of flowing water helps with the deep relaxation of your body and mind, taking you to your own “happy place”.

If you have some space in your garden, making a small pond is undoubtedly a fun project to take on. You could enjoy the sounds of water all day long. But if that’s a bit to a big project for you, getting a small fountain indoors is another great way of accessing those soothing sounds of water. Either way, make sure you use water mindfully and minimize the needed amount.

7. Colors of Nature

Nature is plentiful with colors, each season bringing in a different theme. Don’t shy away from using bold colurs in your home. It can be an accent wall if you don’t fancy painting the whole room and it will still have a significant effect on your overall mood. If you wish to get a less permanent option, maybe go for wallpaper instead.

Each color affects your mood differently :  “Colors, like features, follow the changes of the emotions,” the artist Pablo Picasso once remarked. Colors to consider — soft greens, light blues, lemon yellow, shades of brown, pink, bright orange, cream and many more. Learn more how each colour affect your mood here.

8. Add a Piece of Art

Create a wall gallery with a collection of your favorite wildflowers, forest, a picture of a rising sun, singing birds, framed living wall, anything that reminds you on your treasured moments spent in nature. As they say “Art speaks where words are unable to explain.”

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