Biophilic design brings the outdoors inside, capturing the essence of nature in homes and offices.

Biophilia in architecture and home decor is an international phenomenon, and has been captured in the frames of an award-winning documentary titled Biophilic Design: The Architecture of Life. 

How do you introduce the elements and essence of nature into your home?

Biophilia translates to mean ‘an innate and genetically determined affinity of human beings with the natural world’.

Biophilic design appeals to an innate need to be one with nature, and is known as ‘architecture of life’. Bringing biophilia into public and private spaces by introducing elements of the natural sphere is said to enhance physical and mental health, and to encourage productivity.

Biophilic design enhances our health and happiness by strengthening our connection with the natural world, even inside, whether we are working or in our houses. This form of design encourages productivity, which is why employers are taking special interest in this design form.

Biophilic design takes into account the whole of a build or renovation. These buildings embrace the concepts of natural lighting and ventilation, and landscaping is visible both inside and outside the building.

Biophilic interiors shine with their natural daylight, natural color schemes and the presence of many house plants.

So what else is list on the biophilic design elements?

1. LIGHT

Windows in a biophilic structure should allow for the inward flow of intense supplements of natural light. Pull back the curtains and remove all obstacles before the windows, suggests Oliver Heath from Oliver Heath Design.

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2. GREEN ROOM SCHEMES

Whether taking the form of green plants, emerald-hued paint, or greenish home accessories, walls, or furnishings, the vision of green reduces our heart rate and calms us.

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3. EMULATE NATURAL FORMS

Round and curved shapes, says Zelda Elisco, Sustainable Designer from Abigail-Elise Design Studio, elevate the activity of the parasympathetic nervous system, lower stress levels, and enhance a sense of well-being.

These furniture and home décor shapes take the form of scalloped detailing, botanical leaf motifs, and other fractal-patterned items.

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Let nature flow full and free through your home or office design today—biophilic is beautiful!

Source: Homesandgardens.com

(Image credit: Future / James Balston)

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(Image credit: Studio Ashby/Andrew Martin Interior Designer Review Vol.24)