Biophilic design is more than just bringing the outside in.
"Biophilic design is more than just bringing the outside in, it's about making and strengthening a connection with many aspects of nature. It's about natural light, views on nature, plants, natural materials, textures and patterns."
However, "bringing the outside in" is a great place to start! Using this principle to improve your interior environment, whether it is your commercial office space, hotel, restaurant or home, the benefits can be very far-reaching.
You may not be able to change your building structually to bring more daylight in and you may not have any nice views but there are some things that you can do. Here are a few design secrets that we'd like to share with you:
#1 - Consider the local habitat
Don't use some far-away idillic location as your inspiration (unless you're a travel agent!). Study the local habitat and use this as a guide for what you create and this will result in a space where you, your staff and your visitors feel much more comfortable. In this project the client wanted specific features of the local Scottish habitat replicated inside and this was not easy to do with living plants! You can find out more about how we achieved this here.
#2 - Use natural materials
There are many types of materials and finishes readily available. Use them for covering walls, floors and even ceilings. Natural colours, greens and browns will always work well. Consider texture too. Organic, nature inspired shapes can help.
Using natural branches, tree trunks, logs, pine cones and anything like this can be very effective and can be used to compliment any decor style from the most modern to the most traditional.
#3 - Trees, plants and greenery
Including greenery in your interior space is one of the easiest and best ways to create an outside inside theme.
Green walls are a current interior design trend and are very effective in bringing the outside in because they are so visable. Green walls don't require any floor space and can really help the acoustics in an interior space. Check out this latest video on our Nordik Moss walls.
Plants have many benefits when it comes to bringing the outside in. Not only do plants create a nice, naturally soft visual effect but they also help to provide an ambience that you can experience. Live plants help clean toxins from the air and produce oxygen and humidity helping to ensure your interior environment is healthy, comfortable and relaxing.
The maintenance of live interior plants needs careful planning because the effectiveness of your new interior design theme is reliant on those plants being lush, healthy and full of life. A full maintenance service can be easily arranged leaving you free to enjoy your new space.
Live plants are best but artificial plants are very realistic and can create a good visual effect. They are ideal for areas where it is not practical to have live plants.