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So what is Biophilic Design?

Biophilia, (careful how you say it) is the fancy term used to describe humans' innate attraction to nature and natural surroundings. Our genetic connection to the natural world.

Biophilic design is simply an awareness of this and looks to incorporate nature in the urban world, thus bringing in health and wellbeing benefits.

Designers incorporate everything from thermal quality (heating and cooling), natural and artificial lighting, internal and external views of nature, air quality, acoustic quality, ventilation quality, spacial planning......the list goes on.

But how does this relate to your living space?, well simply put - you just need to bring the outside in, especially in the current climate (Covid19) where we are all spending so much more time at home.

How much do you look forward to your daily walk at the moment? How loud are the birds now, with less traffic noise?, How wonderful is the smell of freshly cut grass or the waft of blossom on the trees without the usual fumes overpowering them?

So how do you incorporate biophilic design into your home?

Its more than just shoving a pot plant on the windowsill, yes, plants and their leafy wonderfulness have great health benefits but try to expand this to use natural (sustainable) materials, textures, patterns and colours.

Enhance what natural light you have with strategically placed mirrors to bounce the light around the room.

Arrange furniture to best utilise the light from windows and views of nature.

Create cascading planted features, look at the possibility of a living wall or layer lots of potted plants on bookshelves.

Use natural shapes to display decorative items - the golden ratio or Fibonacci sequence which can be found in flower petals, seed heads, pinecones, tree branches, shells......the list is endless gives the most beautiful effect when used for gallery walls.

Layer natural textures to give a sense of Hygge (the Norwegian art of comfort and cosiness).

Install rain chains in place of plastic or metal drainpipes to serve the same purpose but much more aesthetically pleasing.

Look for alternative wall and floor coverings in wood, cork, polished stone or if your budget doesn't allow, opt for natural colours and shapes.

I could go on until next Earth day!

At the very least, throw open your windows on a bright sunny day to breathe in the fresh air and let nature in...........unless you have hayfever of course, in which case, I'm sorry.

As always, get in touch if you'd like advice or a biophiliculous consultation.

See you next time,

J x

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