So what does it mean to create a Biophilic home? In my own words Biophilic home design means designing your space so that you and your family feel more connected with nature within your home. How you use natural elements within your home and how those elements make you feel more connected to nature. There are 5 elements to creating a Biophilic home and you can modify them to suit your lifestyle and needs.
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Elements of a Biophilic Design
- Fresh Air
- Natural light
- Natural Materials
- Natural Colors
Whenever possible open the windows in your home. Allow the fresh air to flow through and watch how it lifts your mood. It can get stuffy inside especially if you’ve kept the house closed up over winter so let the air in to uplift your spaces and boost your mood.
This is probably the most important tip when creating a Biophilic designed home. Light is the food for plant growth. Sunlight is well know as being a mood booster providing us with vitamin D. Open your curtains or blinds every day. Even in inclimate weather some light is better than no light in your home.
Adding natural elements to your home is a great way to curate a Biophilic home. Materials such as stone, wood, plants or anything else that’s not man made will work well and provide a connection to the outside. If your able to add a water element to your home such as a fountain that would be wonderful. The sound of water can be very calming.
Houseplants are essential to the Biophilic home design. Houseplants are one the living aspects of this design style. Choose plants based on your ability to care for them. There are a wide range of plants that are easy care and an even bigger range of more difficult plants. Here is a list of easy care houseplants if you are new to houseplants.
Use the colors that you’d see in nature. Colors like shades of brown, greens, blues and yellows are great when creating a Biophilic design in your home but don’t feel limited by these colors. Use any colors that bring you joy.
You can gradually add in Biophilic aspects to your home overtime creating a space that you love and connects you more to nature.