Biophilic design is a concept used within the building industry to increase occupant connectivity to the natural environment through the use of direct nature, indirect nature, and space and place conditions. Wikipedia research shows nature has a remarkable effects on our mental, emotional, and physical well-being.
Biophilic Home Design is about increasing our connection with nature and place, thus improving our overall well-being.
Here are a few very basic things you can do:
Fresh Air– On nice days, open the windows and let the fresh air in as it also lets in movement and noise. Nature is a multi-sensory experience.
Natural Light– Let in as much natural light as possible. Natural light changes over the day helping us stay in tune with time of day. Note-You can also find lightbulbs now that have multiple brightness levels to mimic this. (see our blog for link)
Live Plants– Bring living nature inside by adding plants. They not only add visual nature but also clean the air.
Water– Add a water feature such as a fountain or aquarium. The sound of water has positive effects on our mental health.
Natural Materials– Use natural materials, if possible local, in the home such as wood or stone. Make decorative items out of pebbles, pinecones, sticks etc.
Mimic Nature– Instead of straight lines, incorporate more natural shaped furniture, add nature based wallpaper or wall art.
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