Biophilia. A term you probably hear often from people in the sciences. But in the last years, it has become a buzzword for people from the arts, especially those in the interior design industry. The word refers to experts’ hypothesis that people have a special bond with nature.
Well, think about it, when you imagine a calm, peaceful place, your mind usually forms a picture of a garden brimming with flowers or the ocean lulling you with its crashing waves.
And so for homes, which are supposed to be a sanctuary offering respite after a long day at work, the biophilic design takes centre stage in decorating spaces. If you’re interested in applying biophilia in your design, here are some ways to do that:
Open up to nature
One principle in biophilic design is visual connection with nature. This simply means that your design has to let people view what’s happening in nature.
One of the things you can do to achieve this is using glass at home, say, sliding glass doors as patio entryways or a frameless glass balustrade in your balcony to have a full, unobstructed view of the outdoors.
Mimic the outdoors
While the above is about visual connection, the other principle is non-visual connection to nature. This implies that design must tickle the other remaining senses for people to appreciate the space.
For instance, you could put up a bamboo water fountain inside your home to create that sound of flowing water and soothe the ears. If not, decorate your tables’ centerpieces with pebbles in a jar to give those textures associated with nature.
Prioritize natural materials
Another principle in biophilic design is the material connection with nature. This simply suggests maximizing natural, local materials. It’s best if you could get furnishings that are unique to a particular region.
That way, the space has a greater sense of being native. Without those chemical-filled, mass-produced furnishings, people entering your home experiences a deepened connection with nature.
Incorporating biophilia in your interior design makes for a happier, more relaxed home. Keep these principles in mind as you revamp your space.