Biophilic interiors: bringing in the outside
Biophilic interiors create a harmony between modern living and the nature outside our homes. They tie the outside to the inside of our spaces. At the same time, biophilic designs aim to bring all the benefits typically associated with nature. Being surrounded by nature when outside is known to improve physical, as well as, mental health. Therefore, the underpinning design concept of biophilic interiors is to reconnect spaces we live and work with nature to improve our well-being.
For biophilic spaces to bring nature inside they have to be a sensory experience. Large windows to spread light throughout the space, with fresh air able to drift in, rustling leaves and chirping birds alongside fresh fragrances and textured finishes being a typical example. In essence, there also has to be a sense of something organic about the space, perhaps presented through soft curves or naturally shaped accents, or in the use of earthy hues and shades.
This interior captures this sentiment using the natural tones and soft curves of the light feature. The use of white enhances the light space and stands in contrast to the soft greens and browns.
At the same time, biophilic spaces do not have stick to the earthy tones of greens and browns against the contrast of white. Rather as Joa Studholme, Farrow & Ball’s colour curator, explains, 2022 will see colours that “are an eclectic mix of the pure and the humble that evokes the warmth and harmony of a more innocent age while celebrating life today”.
Studholme’s prediction has proven true with biophilic spaces incorporating nature alongside colour features. These spaces still provide the harmony between the inside and outside, and the innocence that Joa Studholme suggested.
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Biophilic interiors are more than a trend, but a lifestyle growing more popular as more sustainable endeavours are pursued. This design concept provides natural and soft transitions rather than stark monochromatic definitions, making it a calming environment that perhaps will prevail into 2023. Whether it is a natural continuation of your outside space, or a contrast to a more urban landscape, biophilic interiors provide nature on the inside and promote wellbeing.
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