Back in the 80s, US biologist E. O. Wilson wrote a book hypothesising that humans possess an innate tendency to seek connections with nature and other forms of life. Fast forward to 2020, biophilia is all the rage in interior design. As a style, biophilia is all about bringing the outdoors indoors – think organic, think recycled, and think sustainability. We ❤ it so much, we thought we’d give you a detailed run down on how and why you should connect your home to nature.
Biophilia meets gritty NYC sophistication in our Rockefeller Brownstone display home
The Why: What the Health?
A whole bunch of modern studies have been done which show that getting up close and personal with nature has a whole bunch of health benefits including helping with focus and boosting your immunity – one study even found that Danish kids who spent more time surrounded by nature had 55% less mental health issues as adults than those who didn’t. It’s not just the greenery that will benefit your body, though; natural light is basically your BFF. From increased exposure to Vitamin D to improved sleep, bringing the outdoors in is one of the best things you can do for your health.
The How: Let There Be (Natural) Light!
By building your home with living areas facing north to maximise winter sun and building your bedrooms facing south to shield from the summer sun, you’ll have the best orientation for natural light (not to mention maximising heating and cooling efficiencies). Using large sliding doors will not only provide you with gorgeous natural light, you’ll also have views of those great outdoors 😉 Or what about skylights? We’ve got you covered there with our Skylights by Velux offer.
The Why: Get Your Creative Juices Flowing!
Did you know that even glancing at the colour green for two seconds can boost your creativity? ‘Green may serve as a cue that evokes the motivation to strive for improvement and task mastery, which in turn may facilitate growth’ – and what better place to grow than in your very own new home? 😊
The How: Green with Envy
Plants, plants, plants! Introducing greenery into your home is the easiest way to scratch that biophilic itch. So what kind of plants should you be using? Well, that depends on your lifestyle. Do you have pets? Probably best to skip the devil’s ivy and peace lily. Maybe you missed the green thumb gene and need a plant that isn’t gonna die on you? Maybe try a ZZ plant or a spider plant? Look into what plants will suit your home and life best and enjoy the scenery!
What about the exterior you say? Well our Green with Envy landscape package has got you covered here. We can take care of your landscape design, so you get to move into a fully-finished home on the inside and the outside.
The Why: Home is Where the Heart Is
Have you ever lived somewhere that didn’t ever feel quite like home? It can happen. Did you know that biophilic design can stimulate emotional attachment to your home? That hypothesis we mentioned earlier states that by satisfying our need to be around nature, we become super connected to these places; home is where the heart is!
The How: Tranquil Waters
Water is a massive part of biophilia! Not only does introducing water into your interior design lower blood pressure and make you feel tranquil as heck, it can help with memory! There are so many ways to introduce aquatic vibes into your home: from ponds, to fountains, and even aquariums. Ahhh. How’s the serenity?
Biophilia is massive, and with so many ways to incorporate it into your home; it’s super easy! The intense popularity of this design trend has infiltrated not only homes, but workplaces too: Even Google is all about that biophilic vibe. This trend isn’t going anywhere anytime soon, so get on it! Maybe we can help? Style is entirely our jam here at Express: let us help you find yours.
Google Office – Tel Aviv, Irael – Source: Architonic