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BIOPHILIA: What is it?

Biophilia is the use of natural materials within your space, from actual plants to wallpaper with leaf motifs’, this trend is HOT.

Today I am going to share with you not only examples of this in Interior Design spaces both residential and commercial but I am going to give you easy, cost effective, DIY options to help bring this trend into your home.



The best part about this trend, is you don’t have to change your current design style, this is something you can layer into your existing space. The benefits of Biophilia are vast and overall it promotes well being.


Image from :https://www.terramai.com/blog/biophilia-interior-design-create-multi-sensorial-experience/


Where did the word Biophilia come from?

Biophilia is the term coined by the Harvard naturalist Dr. Edward O. Wilson to describe what he saw as humanity's "innate tendency to focus on life and life like process" and to be drawn toward nature, to feel an affinity for it, a love a craving.


Why is Biophilia important?

Bring Nature into Interior Design


As a part of the Well Building model, Biophilia is one of key elements to having a space designed for the overall wellness of its occupants


Well AP: Feature 88

Biophilia : The idea that humans have an affinity for the natural world

  • Aims to address our psychological connection and need to be around life and life like process

  • Exposure to views & images of nature can help

  • speed up healing and recovery time, boost

  • positive feelings and reduce negative ones

Benefits of Biophilia in Interior Design:

  • Source of inspiration, peace and increased well being

  • Decreased heart rate

  • Decreased blod pressure

  • Increased activity in the nervous system

For a long time we have moved away from natural elements in interiors specifically the work place. The recognition of these benefits although wonderful in residential design. It is a major factor in office design due to the overall improved well being of employees.


How to Design a space with Biophila in mind?

Key elements to think about are:

  • Greenery

  • Natural Light

  • Natural elements ( Wood and Stone)

  • Dymamic lighting

  • Consider airflow

  • Water feature

Some ideas of how you can bring this into Residential and Commercial Design:


GREENERY:




Want a affordable way to get this look?

Check out this DIY!


Details of how to achieve this look found here:

https://www.decoist.com/2013-09-16/diy-green-living-wall-projects-for-home-interiors/?chrome=1


Natural Imagery is also considered to have excellent health benefits, so you don't always need to have the real deal! Check out these amazing uses of natural imagery in wallpapers and wall textures!



Want a affordable way to get this look?

Check out this DIY!

You can find the details of how to achieve this look here:

http://kandiphillips.blogspot.com/2012/08/knock-off-canvas-art.html


NATURAL ELEMENTS


Want a affordable way to get this look?

Check out this DIY!

All you need is access to a plant store! If you don't have a green thumb, no worries invest in some succulents and cactus's and you can still get am amazing green centerpiece somewhere in your space!


NATURAL LIGHT



Want a affordable way to get this look?

Check out this DIY!

You can find the details of how to achieve this look here:

http://www.designsponge.com/2016/05/floating-window-shelves.html


DYNAMIC AND DIFFUSED LIGHT

This involves the play of light and shadows within a space. Studies have found that the quality of light and how it fluctuates are just as important as natural light. Some of the ways you will find this is through elements like firelight, moonlight, seasonal light, the way the windows let in light. Also the use of accent lighting is a great way to create this with artificial lighting sources.



Want a affordable way to get this look?

Check out this DIY!


WATER


Want a affordable way to get this look?

Check out this DIY!

You can find the details of how to achieve this look here:

https://hearthandvine.com/indoor-water-garden/


The great thing about Biophilia is that you don't need to follow a specific design style to reap all the benefits of this "trend" and really can we even call it a trend. Biophilia is a must for a well designed space. Weather it is residential or commercial everyone will benefit from implementing more forms of Biophilia into there space. And it won't cost and arm or a leg!

Feel good, live well!


If you want to check out the video on this go to:

https://youtu.be/3Qzn9N7GNEQ