Biophilic design is characterised by biophilia which is the human tendency to want to interact or be close with other forms of life in nature. Biophilic design is a way in which architects and designers incorporate nature inside buildings in an effort to improve the health and wellbeing of its occupants.
At present, statistics show that contemporary daily life tends to see that many of us spend 90% of our time indoors - whether that be working in an office or binge watching Netflix from bed. Emerging trends of biophilic design appear to recognise how much humans rely on the natural world both physically and mentally.
Key principles of biophilic design:
There are some main principles that are often applied by architects and designers when it comes to biophilic design.
One of the main features of effective biophilic design is the inclusion of direct contact with vegetation in and around the built environment. This core principle is one of the most effective ways to create a human-nature connection in design. Being in close proximity to plants is proven to reduce stress, enhance mood and improve comfort.
Natural shapes/ forms
Another principle is the inclusion of natural shapes and forms. Natural environments show complexity at varying scales which is interesting to look at and feeds our need for the diverse forms such as the complex pattern on a leaf to the vastness of the sky. This can be done in a number of ways inside a building from unique architecture and interesting shaped furniture.
A central focal point that makes use of interesting patterns is a great way to add depth and dimension to a room. One way you can easily add unique patterns to an interior room is by the use of a textured wallpaper, such as designs from Anaglypta.
Another is to use natural colours and floral designs such as the beautiful wallpaper designs from Olenka. All these patterns incorporate a strong degree biophilia in terms of their design and colour, in particular Alice Meadow, where the bold flowers and foliage bring the outdoors inside.
Biophilic design is more complex than adding a few plants to a room. To fully incorporate a biophilic design into a building you need to apply biophilic colour schemes. Although greens may be the first colour that springs to mind, you can be a lot more creative than that and use colours that accentuate the plants. Typically, biophilic design colour schemes focus on the following: the sky, the sea, the earth and of course plants. Here are some of Victory Colours favourite biophilic paint colours:
- Light blue: Serenity No. 21
- Deep blue: Wild Swimming No.100
- Dark blue: Royal sapphire No. 29
- Light green: Rock Samphire No. 35
- Deep green: Pepper Tree No. 34
- Dark green: Katniss No. 76
- Light brown: American Tan No.79
- Deep brown: Conker No. 11
- Dark brown: Natterjack No. 10
- Mid Pink: Peony No. 66
- Deep Pink: Cyclamen No. 89
Biophilic wall murals
Another excellent way to add colours, depth and dimension to a room is with a wall mural. Victory Colours not only stock a range of wallpapers and paints, they also provide a range of wall murals that come with biophilic designs.