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Video: Biophilia In The Contemporary Interior, What Is It?
Between work, traffic jams and housework, we spend most of our time indoors, which boosts stress, reduces concentration and has a negative effect on mood. So what can we do to reestablish our contact with nature in the urban jungle? Well, we bring nature into our homes thanks to biophilia! A decorative trend that will reshape the way you think and interact with the built environment. But why such a craze for her? What are the characteristics of the new 2020 decoration trend? And how do you wear it in your living room or bedroom?
Biophilia, a good reason to put nature back at the heart of your daily life
No more gray monochrome, your interior will play the green card in 2020! Staying in touch with nature has never been so trendy as it is now! From the living room to the bedroom, the biophilic atmosphere makes its entrance and blends with everything. Does the weird term mean anything to you? We assure you that you have already adopted it! Widely used in contemporary architecture and decoration, biophilia is a term which literally translates to “love of the living” and refers to nature and its relationship with man. Its goal is to integrate several natural elements into your daily life in order to stay in touch with nature, no matter if you are at the office or at home.
Invented in 1984 and defined by the psychoanalyst E. Fromm, it gave birth to the art of decorating and developing one's habitat in such a way as to re-establish contact between human beings and nature in the urban environment. In other words, it is our own innate need to reconnect with nature and biotopes by creating natural spaces. A need which, for its part, has led to the appearance of a sustainable biophilic design, the goal of which is to invite nature into your daily life. Halfway between the field of beauty, health and art, the biophilic trend creates an environment where life is good.
Since the biophilic design has the potential to reduce stress, increase attention and promote focus, it is intended to be ideal for certain workplaces. Companies can therefore take advantage of this to reduce the negative impact of the workspace by integrating elements imitating the natural world such as green walls, flower pots, stones or natural wood. Essential to health, this trend will essentially change the way you work, live and function in an urban environment.
What are the characteristics of the biophilic trend?
Although you have been mentioned some of the main elements that characterize biophilia, here are the rest of its peculiarities:
- open landscapes
- natural light
- near water
- various greens
- natural fragrances and aromas
- use of natural materials
- warm color use
- blurred boundaries between interior and exterior
At work or at home, biophilic decor is very easy to adopt! In addition to boosting morale, it significantly improves psychological health and the feeling of well-being. Having said that, it can only gain popularity for years to come. In fact, it will continue to gain followers both in the world of design and architecture and beyond.
Biophilic decor ideas for home and office
Perhaps one of the easiest ways to bring biopholy into your home or your workspace is to add some plants and greens. In addition to giving pep to the interior decoration, plants have several advantages and represent an excellent source of oxygen. That said, they improve concentration and overall psychological condition, making them very suitable for the workspace. On the edges of your windows or in the center of the table as a nice decoration, greenery will very easily find its place in your home.
To push the biophilic concept even further, there's nothing like integrating a green wall into your interior. An excellent alternative to flower pots to enjoy a corner of greenery, the green wall is particularly suitable for homes without an outdoor courtyard and, above all, for apartments in town. One of the most popular ways is to build oblong rectangular shaped bunk beds by reusing wooden pallets. It's also a great idea for a vertical garden, where you can even grow your own organic vegetables!
The floral wallpaper invites itself on the walls of your interior to create an exotic atmosphere and full of life. Green, biophilic and colorful, this type of wallcovering makes a superb choice to wake up your indoor space. What is more, floral motifs blend with all living spaces, without exception. They can take the form of a wild jungle, an oasis of well-being or even a heavenly place. Warm colors and whimsical patterns blend with grace and thus give birth to an unparalleled biophilic decoration.
Large panoramic windows
As already mentioned, natural light is at the center of the biophilic concept. Artificial lighting can make up for the lack of sunlight, but in an optimal way. Installing large panoramic or roof windows, which let in sunlight, is therefore essential to bring biophilia into your home. In addition to providing a view of the outside and promoting well-being, the large windows blur the boundaries between inside and outside.
Natural and local materials
To completely erase the limits between the interior and the outdoor space, we use natural and raw materials. Generally greener and with more personality, the wood and stone duo is an excellent way to integrate the principles of biophilia into the heart of your home or workplace. Interior cladding in slate, burgundy stone or other type of natural stone is super aesthetic and proves the perfect backdrop for your wooden furniture and indoor plants.
If there is one scientifically proven property related to colors, it is their power to change our emotions and influence our mood. That is why its proper use plays a crucial role in the biophilic trend. To bring the latter into your living space, it is important to favor the use of warm and natural colors, such as green, yellow, blue, honey and terracotta, present in the new collection of Zara Home. Dull and dark undertones, on the other hand, can have a negative effect on morale. So try to incorporate brighter and more welcoming hues. On your walls or through decorative objects, it's up to you.