Biophilic Design – One of the Most Significant Design Trends of 2020
Biophilic design is one of the leading interior design trends of 2020! It incorporates natural elements such as materials, lighting and vegetation into aesthetically modern environments.
This association of nature with design projects has a direct and immediate impact on the general health and well-being of people who live or work in such an environment. Research shows that the incorporation of direct or indirect elements of nature in the built environments plays a role in reducing stress and balancing blood pressure and heart rate levels.
Let's do an exercise - close your eyes for one minute. Now try to think about an outdoor experience as a child.
Maybe you thought about the sound of the waves from a tropical vacation. Perhaps, you remembered climbing a tall tree and could smell the fresh leaves. I'm sure that regardless of the experience you reminisced about in our little exercise when you imagine being in nature, the feeling is POSITIVE.
These positive feelings we get when we're in nature are what you strive to achieve in a biophilic design project.
And it's not just about feeling good. This type of design can increase productivity, creativity and the perception of well-being of individuals who experience it in their day-to-day lives.
Incredible results, right? So, how to incorporate aspects of nature in biophilic design projects?
How to Experience Nature Directly in Biophilic Design?
- making use of natural light
- incorporating water sources like fonts
- adding fresh flower arrangements, vertical and indoor gardens
How to Experience Nature Indirectly in Biophilic Design?
- making use of natural materials (preferably recycled) such as stone, wood, metals
- selecting colours found in nature
- using nature images
In a society that is increasingly giving importance to the theme of sustainability, balance and well-being, biophilic design is being integrated more into our daily lives.
Self-care was a massive trend in 2019. The novel coronavirus pandemic that plagued the world in 2020 proved that this trend would continue to grow, with a strong focus on using biophilic design to improve and structure our environments to shape our possibly forever changed lives.
How to Incorporate Biophilic Design Concepts into Your Project?
1 - Sustainable Materials
Today more than at any other time, we are more aware of the materials we use in our projects and their impact on the environment. We are more concerned about finding new ways to reduce the carbon footprint associated with the products, materials and accessories we buy.
With the principles of biophilic design, we can choose to incorporate recycled materials into projects, transforming buying and purchasing the products that we use as part of a circular economy.
2 - Colours
Colour is another simple way to seek inspiration from nature to create a more positive home or professional environment.
The colour palette for the year 2020 of the paint brand Dulux is an undeniable ode to nature. The colour of 2020 is Tranquil Dawn, a shade of cold green. According to the brand:
"It reflects a growing desire to understand what it is to be human at a time when advances in technology are making us feel increasingly disconnected from each other."
3 - Personal well-being
The anxiety and collective stress we live showed itself naked and raw during this period of confinement. With sudden changes in the scenario and uncertainty about the future, most of us realized how vital our well-being is.
Thus, the importance of taking personal responsibility for the paths we take and for our well-being and those we love is a strong trend for 2020 and, we are sure, it will be for a long time to come!
Incorporating elements of nature in our environments is one of the easiest and most effective ways to achieve relaxation and well-being for all who live or work in them.
The biophilic design fits this footprint perfectly. The tendency is not only to bring a little more of nature to our homes and work environments but also to create environments that integrate with nature, which manifests itself through so many elements that easily fit in interior design projects.
This concept applies equally and beautifully to home and professional environments. Health problems and lack of well-being also have a significant impact on the productivity and performance of professionals, leading to inefficiency at work and increased costs for the company.
By adopting more biophilic design concepts in our interior design projects, we create restorative environments that benefit everyone around us. Rested and energized individuals do more at work, take better care of their health, and connect with everything more sustainably and harmoniously!
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