Architects and interior designers strive to improve living spaces so their clients will be happier and more productive. One increasingly popular approach is called biophilic design, which “seeks to connect occupants more closely to nature,” according to Archdaily.com. Biophilia simply describes the affinity and love humans have for the natural world and its life forms. It’s the reason we have house pets, indoor plants, and install skylights, wood floors and granite countertops in our homes. We screen windows and doors to let in the fresh air. We are willing to pay much more money for homes with views of the ocean or lake, the mountains, or park-like landscapes.
Humans spend 90% of their time indoors, so we’re happier when we can bring the outdoors inside, which explains the booming houseplant industry, reports Fastcompany.com. We’re simply happier, more focused, and healthier in a biophilic environment, and there are numerous studies confirm the direct positive effect nature has on our well-being.
So how can you incorporate biophilic design into your environment? LifestyleAsia.com suggests that objects, materials, textures, colors, shapes, and sequences that mimic nature will stimulate visual, auditory, haptic, and olfactory connections to the natural world. Start with plenty of natural light. Add a water feature, such as a small entry fountain. Use walls to hang landscape paintings or botanical wallpaper. Add fragrant plants, flowers and candles with pine, lavender, and other soothing scents. You’ll soon see that furniture, art, décor and architecture can work together to create a peaceful haven.