Biophilic is a concept applied in the building industry to raise the connection between people and nature, saying that this trend has an inhale love, affinity, and depth appreciation for nature, and that is needed because in our daily life we just become so disconnected from it.
In fact, we spend around 90% of our days behind closed doors or inside controlled environments, such as workplaces, classrooms, shopping centers and even our homes.
As the main objective is to stay connected with nature, because it brings a healthy lifestyle and well-being feeling, we need to get a way to balance our environments.
What if we can experience the same feelings and benefits that nature gives us but at home?
For example, studies show that nature sounds improve mental health 37% faster than traditional urban noise, or plants in the interior reduce stress and increase pain tolerance.
A way to move on with it is to use and embrace Biophilic design principles to connect your environment by using direct and indirect nature.
Increasingly, people are looking for spaces that offer relaxation, meditation, and balance to go against the overloaded, busy, and noisy days. The elements of nature are the key and do not require a big budget to be implemented in all home spaces.
As Biophilic design is not a single or isolated occurrence of nature in a space, instead it needs to be more of a sustained engagement of more than one element.
6 Simple features to enrich urban environment with nature Biophilic elements
- Natural Light: use it as much as you can! Through light movements and shadows, we have an orientation about the time of the day and the season of the year. The difference between sunlight and the quiet of darkness or even between spring and autumn patterns. To maximize natural light, try to incorporate glass or mirrors to reflect light and enhance its presence.
- Air: opening your windows allows you to smell the incoming rain or feel the ocean breeze. The fresh air flow brings the feeling of ventilation and temperature, and these elements promote comfort, renovation, and productivity. In case, you don’t feel like opening a window due to the outside noise, a fan is a great option to give your space a soft breeze.
- Water: the experience of running water engages so many senses like sight, hearing, touch, taste, and movement. Sitting next to it and listening to it is relaxing and leads to a peaceful state of mind and body, and a small fountain will do the job in case you don’t live near the lake, river or sea.
- Plants: is the most efficient and used strategy to experience nature at home. They reduce stress, improve air quality, and subsequently improve concentration levels and decrease mental fatigue. You shouldn’t practice the less is more, instead fill your house with plants.
- Natural and eco-friendly materials: choose to buy light wood furniture, decor and flooring, it will bring you a woodland calm environment. Besides that, be conscious and look also for eco-friendly products that feature recyclable and recycled materials, combining fine quality with ecological solutions, like Bi-Office Earth collection.
- Natural colours: when you think of a colour scheme look to earthy themes: browns, creams and greens mixed with whites. Avoid vibrant colours when it comes to wall paints, textiles and decoration elements because these are the elements of connection to bring nature to your home.
As far as home design goes, Biophilia is here to stay.
If you can’t go out as much as you like start with these simple actions to make your home, feel close to nature.