Biophilia, Wellness and the Future of Interior Design with Space for Edit

We recently caught up with the wonderful Sintija who you may know as ‘Space for Edit’. Sintija was working a 9-5 office job as an interior designer before taking a leap of faith to become her own boss. In 2018, she launched her own Youtube channel, SpaceforEdit, and her goal was to take people behind the scenes of what it’s really like to be an interior designer. Since then, she’s racked up almost a quarter of a million views and worked on some amazing projects along the way. 

We wanted to speak with Sintija as we have been enjoying her content for a while and wanted to hear her thoughts on biophilia, wellness and the future of interior design.

Hi Sintija! How are you today? 

I’m really good! I was actually quite impressed by that number, almost a quarter of a million – that’s good right?!  


For people who are not familiar with what you do, could you tell us a little about yourself? 

I’ve been an interior designer now for about 7 or 8 years in commercial interiors. I’ve worked as both as an employee and on a self-employed/freelance basis. After doing both on and off, I ultimately stuck with self-employment as I prefer the flexibility it allows.  

Although I’ve been self-employed for a while now, there are still new challenges and things I am learning. It’s been a wild ride so far. 


You said you’ve been an interior designer for 7 or 8 years, how much of a focus was there on wellness and biophilic design back when you were studying at university? 

I think it’s only really become widely spoken about more recently, I’d say in the last four or five years. We’ve started introducing a lot more greenery in our projects. Whether it’s real or faux, even just a visual representation of nature can be beneficial. 

I’ve also seen suppliers, both real and faux plant suppliers, really step up their game. Rather than simply being a place to purchase plants from, companies like yours really want to educate designers which is a massive help for us selling the project as a whole to clients.  

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You mentioned earlier that it’s mainly commercial customers you deal with, do you have a specific type of commercial customers? 

It’s a bit of everything. Especially now when corporate and hospitality design has become so similar. More and more, offices are looking to add entertainment features, flexible meeting spaces, places to relax and biophilic elements to entice their employees to return.  


What do you think is the biggest cause of stress or anxiety in an interior environment?  

The biggest stress I think is essentially sitting in a box. Not having windows, or the windows are in a position where you can’t look to the outer world. We are essentially wild animals; we come from nature and need it around us. Although we’ve changed our lifestyles over the years it doesn’t mean that we’ve lost that need for connection with nature.  

I feel passionate about this as I come from a tiny little village and spent my days and summers outside. Even now, when I go outside I feel recharged. I can breathe, I can think clearly and I’m less stressed. When that element is taken away it inevitably leads to anxiety and higher stress levels.  

When clients maybe don’t understand or realise the importance of nature, it’s our responsibility to educate them on it.  


What do you think is fuelling this rise in the awareness of biophilic design? Do you think it has been the pandemic or do you think it’s something that would have happened naturally anyway as we become more urbanised? 

Probably a mix. I think the way that big brands were moving helped to give it an initial push. Especially in office culture, you saw these big Google offices seven or eight years ago doing these great, beautiful things that eventually began to feed down to everyone else on a smaller scale. That’s how trends happen right?  

And like you said, the fact that we have had the opportunity to go back to our home comforts and have a cup of tea in the garden in the middle of the working day. People realised that actually, this helps me, this is what I need. Even if it’s just a walk in the park, we need that connection with nature. So when you go back to the office and there’s nothing there like that, there’s an issue.  


Is the growing body of research into biophilic design something you keep up to date with as an interior designer? 

I do like to keep up to date with trends and research generally with things like newsletters, but in terms of biophilic design, probably not in as much detail as you guys will. I’m one of those designers who trust my suppliers. I know you guys are the specialists so when I’m consulting with a client and more specific details are needed, I know I can always turn to my suppliers and ask for their expert advice and possibly even introduce them to the client and get their input as well. 

One of the frustrations I’m sure you’ll share is that it can be sometimes be difficult to quantify to clients the effect that adding natural elements like plants and flowers can have. You’ll often hear that plants improve your focus and concentration etc, but there aren’t really any monetary figures we can use to demonstrate exactly how that works. At the end of last year, we were part of a research project at a large office in London. We had participants working in four or five different environments, ranging from very sparse and bare to a full immersive biophilic experience. Over the course of the study we measured things like their heart rate and productivity, as well as journaling their emotions in a diary. What we’re hoping to do once the results have been compiled is to actually place a monetary value on planting. I think it’ll make it a lot easier for us, and also for yourself as a designer, to have those conversations and be able to clearly display the potential impact that biophilic design can have.  

You’re mirroring the challenges that designers face as well, because you can’t really put a measure on good design. There’s not enough research behind it which makes it difficult when it comes to selling our designs and proposals and encouraging clients to add in those features. From our experience as designers, we know that it’s going to improve the space but from a client’s perspective they see numbers on a budget sheet. They realise that they might not be able to afford that extra feature, biophilic element or more comfortable solution for seating, so it gets pulled from the project and we remain stuck where we are. So yeah, I think this kind of research that you are doing is great and will help a lot of designers to push biophilia even further.  


What are the main challenges that you’ve experienced when it comes to incorporating living elements like plants and flowers in your designs?  

I think from a client’s perspective, and what I see in their face when I mention living plants and biophilia, is a worry about the maintenance. That is often a tough question as most likely they’re not going to have a team on site that will take care of them. I always try to propose a maintenance subscription or contract where a team like yours will come in and take care of it all for them.  

Click the photo to do a walkthrough of this stunning Space for Edit design

Do you have a favourite project that you’ve been a part of where biophilic design was a focus rather than an afterthought? 

Recently, as you know, sustainability has been a big focus in our industry, and wellbeing and biophilia go hand in hand with this. It’s such a broad term.  

We are currently working on projects where we’re leading with sustainability in mind and there’s new information coming out daily. This is why I say I go to my suppliers to ask for their latest and greatest ideas because we need to be on top of these things. With those projects where sustainability is the top priority that’s where we look to biophilia and how we can improve the space for everyone using it. It’s really great to see that clients and the public are opening up to these ideas.  


Is it something that you’ve tried to incorporate in your own home? And do you have any tips? 

I have plants in every single corner of the room. I’m not quite the crazy plant lady just yet as I don’t have time to look after them but I do have plants everywhere. Even if there’s not an option to have a real plant, I’ll use a faux plant or some kind of foliage. 

I love to keep my blinds open to let the daylight in. We actually bought our house based on the garden because we also have a dog that loves to run about so that was a priority. Again, it goes back to being from the countryside, I’ve always been drawn towards nature. 

Even something simple like having cut flowers can make such a big difference. They are easy to change up and not very difficult to look after. So yes, elements of biophilia within the house are definitely needed.  


What does the future hold for Sintija and Space for Edit? 

 I wish I knew. It’s been ups and downs for me. I go through phases where I love what I do and I’m so engaged that nothing else matters. Then I go through phases where I’m sick of this and want something else. I think what I’ve learned over the last few years is that I need a mix of both. So now going into freelancing and self-employment it’s really given me that time and flexibility again where I can work on my YouTube and socials and connect with people that way. So I’m hoping to keep that balance going and reach further afield.   

My friends often say they don’t understand how my channel is not even bigger because of the value that is there, so fingers crossed my moment is coming.


To learn more about Sintija, head to her Linktree where you can access her fantastic Youtube channel, tutorials, courses and more.  



Inspiration All Around at the Fifteenth Scottish Interior Showcase

The Scottish Interiors Showcase returned to Grangemouth’s Macdonald Inchyra Hotel on the 21st and 22nd of February. It’s always one of the most highly anticipated events in our calendar and we’re a little sad it’s already over for another year.

The two-day event attracts around 1,200 visitors from the Design, Hospitality and Retail sectors, as well as over 150 brands showcasing the latest spring collections of fabrics, lighting, furniture, and accessories.

Making the short trip from our head office a few miles away; Adrian Byne, Scott Togher and Kyleigh Fielder attended this year’s showcase and brought along a wide selection of our award-winning plant displays to be positioned throughout the venue.

Our exhibition stand was located in the Design Pavilion alongside a host of amazing brands such as Beaumont Textiles and Little Greene Paint and Paper.

Here we used a digital display to showcase some of our favourite installations and were well stocked with plenty of goodies to make sure no one left empty handed. This included Benholm mugs and The Journal of Biophilic Design, the latter an excellent resource for those looking to learn more about the science and research behind the work we do.

Our stand also featured a Nordik Moss panel which proved irresistible to touch for most passers-by. Visitors were interested in how it was made and were surprised to learn about their noise reduction qualities, minimal maintenance requirements and endless design possibilities.

We’re so grateful to have been a part of the Scottish Interiors Showcase again in 2023. We’ve been thrilled by the feedback received from those who stopped to chat with us and feel full of inspiration having shared the space with such a talented collection of exhibitors.

We want to thank everyone who visited our stand over the two days, and of course, Scottish Interiors Showcase for putting on another magnificent event – we can’t wait to see you again in 2024!

At Benholm, we help to enhance the reputation of the interior designers and architects we work with by achieving the best possible result for their clients.


We’re always up to date with the latest trends in plant and floral design and have the accreditations you would expect of an exceptional supplier – ISO9001, ISO14001, ISO25001.


Contact our design team to discuss the endless possibilities our plant and florals could bring to your next interior design project and get a free tailored quote:


MLA Shortlisted for Commercial Development of the Year at Scottish Property Awards

We were delighted to learn that Michael Laird Architects have been shortlisted for the 2023 Scottish Property Awards in the Commercial Development of the Year category for their work on one of our recent Corporate projects at Kildean Business Park.

The £22.4 million bespoke office building was developed for M&G in Stirling. Providing 77,380 sq ft of office space across three floors, the building has been described as setting the standard for sustainable office development in Stirling and Scotland’s central belt.

Working alongside MLA, we added refreshing touches of greenery throughout the office ahead of its opening last year.

In recent years there has been a growing body of evidence that suggests that office plants can have a number of benefits for workers. These benefits include improved air quality, increased productivity, and reductions in stress levels. However, despite the clear evidence of the benefits of office plants, many workplaces still do not have them. This is often due to a lack of understanding of the benefits of plants or a belief that plants are a ‘luxury’ item.

Reflecting on the project, Stephen Brewer, project director of Michael Laird Architects, said, “This development has created a new landmark for Stirling. Sustainability has been a core focus during the design and development of this project, to meet occupier requirements for low emissions and a reduction in environmental footprint through careful material specification and high-quality construction of the external envelope to meet and exceed minimum standards for insulation and airtightness.

“Strong rustic brick and metallic bronze-coloured windows combine to create a contemporary Scottish aesthetic in this magnificent setting. Completing this project is a significant milestone and we are very proud of the sustainability credentials it has achieved.”

Also attending the ceremony will be our friends from ICA who have been shortlisted for Architectural Excellence, Regeneration Project of the year and ESG Refurbishment of the Year for their work on the Virgin Hotel in Edinburgh. You can read more about our contribution to this fantastic project here.

It was our pleasure to be involved in these wonderful projects and we will have our fingers crossed for both MLA and ICA in their respective categories on the night.  

We love working with commercial interior designers and architects to help bring their creative vision to life with plants and flowers for any space. We’re always up to date with the latest trends in plant and floral designs, and are bursting with ideas to include living and artificial plants in your design schemes that will delight and inspire your clients.

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The Psychology of the Colour Green

The use of colour has an immense psychological impact on our everyday lives. From the colours we choose to wear, to the colours we use to decorate our homes; the range of hues surrounding us can influence our moods, emotions, and even our decision-making processes.  

Of all the colours in the spectrum, there’s arguably none more universally loved than green. But what is it about the colour that is so appealing, and why is green perceived to be beneficial for our overall wellbeing? 

We’re trichromats, meaning we perceive three kinds of colour: blue, green and red.

The retina in your eye can detect light between 400 and 700 nanometres, a range known as the visible spectrum. All of the other colours in the visible spectrum are made up of different combinations of these three colours. Blue light has the lowest wavelength at 400 nanometres, while red has the highest at 700 nanometres. In between those two extremes sits green, at around 555 nanometres. 

Because of its position in the middle of this spectrum; green is the easiest of all colours to perceive and Ophthalmologists have even found the colour to be soothing to the visual analysers and calming to the nervous system. 

In a 2019 study carried out by Dulux, green was found to be the most restful bedroom colour for a great night's sleep.

These perceptions are rooted in our relationship with nature and its life-giving energy. Green is the colour of the grass, the trees, and the foliage in the natural world around us.

Spending time in nature can be a truly rejuvenating and restorative experience. It can help to improve our mental and physical wellness, as well as stimulating our creative thinking and problem-solving abilities. Additionally, the presence of natural elements like fresh air, water and plants can have a calming and grounding effect on us, helping us to better appreciate the beauty of the world around us. All these benefits combined can help us to feel renewed and more connected to the environment, leading to a sense of contentment and joy.

This connection with nature has helped us to form a strong bond with the colour green and made it a powerful communications tool for conveying messages of positivity, health, and environmental awareness.

Several studies have investigated the influence of green, but we were particularly impressed with the results of this survey carried out in Wisconsin which not only found a strong correlation between happiness and the availability of neighbourhood green space, but in this instance, it even outweighed the importance of socioeconomic status. 

Unfortunately, opportunities to interact with nature have become increasingly rare due to rapid urbanization.  According to the United Nations World Urbanization Report (2018), 55% of the world’s population currently live in urban areas compared to only 30% cent in 1950. This number is projected to keep growing and is predicted to rise to almost 70% by 2050. 

While urbanization shows no sign of slowing down, there are still ways of incorporating greenery in our everyday lives by adapting our interior environments.

One of the easiest ways to incorporate green in interior design is through the use of plants. In the below example, we see how an office floorplan can be made instantly more appealing with the simple addition of greenery throughout the space. Our eyes are naturally drawn to the space containing plants because of our positive associations with the colour.

In interior design, plants can bring an array of benefits, such as: 

  • Enhancing concentration and productivity – Studies have shown that adding green elements in a corporate setting can lead to increased focus, productivity and creativity. 
  • Stimulating healing and relaxation – The soothing powers of green can help relax your mind and body, aiding in recovery from illness, stress and injury. 
  • Accenting other colours – Thanks to its versatility, green can be used to bring out the natural beauty of other colours. When used as an accent, green will draw attention to other colours around it.

Does your space need more greenery? 

We’ve got you covered. 

For over thirty years, we’ve worked with commercial interior designers to help bring their creative vision to life with plants and flowers for a variety of industries. We’re always up to date with the latest trends in plant and floral designs and have the accreditations you would expect of an exceptional supplier – ISO9001, ISO14001, ISO25001. 

Contact our design team to discuss the endless possibilities our plant and florals could bring to your next interior design project and get a free tailored quote today.