The advantages of biophilic architecture
It is well documented that our environment influences our health, productivity, intellectual and emotional wellbeing. However, biophilic architecture and biophilic interior design are not just aesthetically pleasing. They can provide a huge range of sustained benefits, both physical and psychological.
After all, modern life is stressful. In fact, most of us spend too much time indoors sat in front of screens. So, biophilic design helps us reconnect with nature and the outdoor environment – which in turn boosts happiness and health. The advantages can be physical, too. This concept has been shown to increase productivity and lower blood pressure. In addition, several studies have also highlighted the connection between biophilia and mental health.
Biophilic design lighting ideas
Lighting is a key element of biophilic design. In fact, for optimum results, natural light, ventilation and quality of view should all be optimised. That’s because our circadian rhythms respond primarily to light and darkness – and they affect almost everything.
Put simply, circadian rhythms are physical, mental and behavioural changes that follow a daily cycle. They can influence sleep patterns, wakefulness, hormones, body temperature and digestion. So it’s easy to understand why it’s vital to achieve the right light in your home. Maximising natural light is one principle of biophilic interior design. Equally important is creating a lighting system that can change throughout the day to link people to the outdoor environment.
At Moretti Interior Design, we take lighting into account from the very beginning of the creative process. So, it is never an afterthought. Our expert team works hard to create a bespoke lighting solution that fits the client’s needs, but still incorporates biophilic principles.
Biophilic interior design with plants
There is much more to bona fide biophilic design than simply introducing a few random plants to every room. However, plants are a simple, cost-effective way to bring nature into your home. But it takes an expert eye to emulate an outdoor environment. As a company that specialises in biophilic design, we know how to mix heights and textures. We might scatter certain plants, but cluster others together, to emulate the way plants grow in nature. And we won’t just focus on potted plants.
Living walls and hanging plants are other effective, aesthetic ways to introduce biophilic design to your interiors.
After all, plants don’t just look natural and feel welcoming. Some research suggests they can improve air quality by reducing carbon dioxide, dust and other pollutants. In fact, it is said that they can even alleviate headaches and boost general feelings of wellbeing. Because multi-sensory stimuli is important within biophilic design, scent and audio is as important as sight. So, making choices that optimise the ability to experience the aroma of plants and flowers is vital. Consider nature-inspired art, clever use of light and shade, sound effects and subtle room fragrances, as these are also biophilic plant-related elements.
Water features to enhance biophilic design
Introducing some form of water feature to an interior is a proven way to counter stress. The physical health benefits can include lower blood pressure, a lower heart rate, improved memory and feelings of peace and tranquillity.
However, a full-blown fountain in your home might not be too practical, but there are other ways to introduce a water-like element. Moretti Interior Design is experienced in finding creative solutions for all types of interiors challenges. In fact, we believe water wall cascades, indoor water walls or custom rain curtains are all biophilic design possibilities. In addition, LED technology can also simulate a soothing water-inspired experience.
Biophilic design principles: natural materials
Natural materials such as wood, stone, granite, marble, bamboo, rattan and cork are an easy way to embrace biophilic design. After all, they are naturally tactile, and evoke a sense of warmth and welcome that is often missing with synthetics. Furthermore, natural materials tend to be more durable, and age well.
However, if you’re not a fan of wooden furniture, don’t despair! You can incorporate natural materials into plenty of items, such as shelving, pillars, columns and windows, to create a biophilic environment. If you’d like to find out more about our biophilic design credentials, please get in touch. We would be delighted to help you on your next interiors adventure.