What Is Biophilic Design & Could It Work for You?

Large living room with sofas and large windows for biophilic design

Biophilic design is one of the most prominent design trends in both residential and commercial spaces. Stemming from the word “biophilia” which means “love of nature,” this trend brings the outdoors in, allowing homeowners to feel a strong sense of connection with nature.

Want to learn more about biophilic design? Read on!

What Is Biophilic Design?

There are many ways to define biophilic design, but it all comes down to focusing on the connection of humans with the natural world. This trend has been gaining traction since COVID-19 made crowded city spaces off-limits, and many of us got outside where we could feel at ease in nature.

People realized that spending time in the great outdoors was good for their health, and initial findings show that biophilic design inside the home can have similar health benefits. According to Masterclass.com, biophilic design elements can regulate your circadian rhythm, assist your body in healing from illness or surgeries, increase productivity, and lower stress.

Biophillic living room example with earth tones, wood, and plants.

How to Integrate Biophilic Elements into Your Home Renovation

Biophilic design is more than just adding plants to the empty spaces in your home, although you can never have too many plants! These are some of the ways you can integrate this new trend into your home:

Prioritize Natural Light

Adding large windows to your home design is a must. Large windows will let natural light into your home, which is essential in biophilic design.

We would also love it if you could position the windows to showcase your home’s natural views. If you don’t have a waterfront home, that’s okay. Positioning the windows to show off your pool or garden will work too.

Include Wood in Your Biophilic Design

An important component of biophilic design is steering away from overly manufactured materials and trying to stay as close to nature as you can. 

One way to do this is to use live-edge wooden slabs for your countertops or island in your kitchen. Pairing the wood countertops with a simple backsplash will allow the wood’s natural features to be the focal point of your kitchen without making it feel overly rustic.

Another way to utilize wood is to build a feature wall using thin wood strips. This style of wall works well with a number of other stylistic elements your home may already have. The strips of wood will be placed vertically to give your space a modern feel.

Be Mindful of Colors

When designing your biophilic remodel, use earth tones whenever possible. Just think of the colors you see in nature and design your home around them. Some examples include choosing forest green or midnight blue for cabinets and creamy natural beiges for wall colors.

You can also use bright colors like yellows to bring in some sunshine or pinks and purples you would see in a sunset as accents in some of your spaces. Would you like to design your home remodel using the biophilic trend as a guide? We are here to help! Give us a call so we can get started.

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