A pleasant living environment, how do you create it? Numerous studies show that a sensory connection with nature has a positive impact on almost everyone. It is something that can help people relax and concentrate both at home and at work, and it helps reduce anxiety and stress. Taking natural elements into account is therefore an important aspect of interior design. And there is a term used to refer to this: biophilic design, or biophilia.
When it comes to biophilic design, applying interior planting is probably the most well-known. For example, we are seeing more and more green walls and vertical gardens in offices. In home interiors, the return of plants has been a reality for over a decade. No longer a trend, then, but an ongoing development. Plants are not just a styling item, they contribute to a healthy indoor environment and bring sterile offices to life.
In addition to interior planting, biophilic design is about using natural materials whenever possible. Think solid wood, rattan, stone, hemp, wool and cotton. Natural materials generally combine excellently with each other and provide an earthy base for a pleasant interior. For solid wood, preferably choose wood that comes from Europe such as oak, ash, elm or walnut. The trees are almost always grown sustainably for this wood. Moreover, they are characterful woods with beautiful markings.
Another aspect important in biophilic design is the proper use of daylight. Especially in offices, there are places where this is insufficiently present. Research shows that being aware of the rhythm of the day and exposure to the elements contributes positively to people’s well-being. Being able to see skies, cloudy or cloudless and even birds flying around also has a beneficial effect on the human psyche. On top of that, adequate daylight is important for interior planting. In short, biophilic design requires an integrated approach.