You may not have heard the term “biophilic design” yet, but you will become more familiar with it as the architecture industry introduces it to the mainstream. Biophilic is also referred to as Biophilia, which means building indoors while keeping the natural bond of humans with nature in mind and removing the barriers between the two. We may not use the term biophilic design, but we often talk about the ways to bring nature inside our homes. As biological creatures, humans need to connect with nature. At your home, biophilic designs may have several benefits, including; improved sleep, reduced stress, good mood, and better mental health. A simple way to introduce nature within homes is by keeping plants. Although it is not enough as your bedroom or living room may still feel like a cave or cubicle. Let’s see how you can incorporate biophilic designs at your home:
Indoor Gardens and Living Walls
Biophilic designs encourage indoor gardens and living plant walls in houses. If you live in an apartment, building a small garden on your balcony is still very simple. You don’t need to renovate your home completely, as adding indoor plants will do the same. You can add plants as wall hangings, roof hangings, and on the side or center tables. Although maintaining a living plant wall isn’t easy for everyone, if you can build one at your home, it will repay you with the peaceful vibes all around.
Certain architectural elements support the biophilic design concepts by making it easy to bring nature indoors. For instance, a huge rectangular window will bring a fascinating view of the sky, birds, and trees inside your home. Many of us miss this connection with nature and its beauty. Windows are not only the source of pleasure to the eyes but let the fresh air and sunlight inside. The houses without windows disconnect you from nature and make the home environment suffocated. Windows provide sufficient ventilation for your home to keep it dry, odor-free and brightened with natural light. Proper ventilation and sunlight are also essential for eliminating bacteria and viruses while maintaining good health. In winters, huge windows can help you bring the warmth of the sunlight inside and take your recharge of vitamin D. You can reduce electricity usage by making efficient use of sunlight, air, and natural heat.
Another great way to bring nature into your living room is using natural materials like wood or stones. You can use the furniture made from wood and interior made from organic material. The use of clay products, stones, and granite are popular materials to be used instead of manufactured products.
Go-green, it’s the new trend! Not only your constant need to connect nature but the new trends in the architectural and interior design industry are utilizing natural resources efficiently. By nurturing the indoor gardens, welcoming the sunlight and air inside, and using natural material it has become much easier to maintain our biological connection with nature.