Don’t you love that feeling of being outdoors? With the sun on your face and a warm breeze in the air. Wouldn’t it be wonderful to bring that feel inside? Bringing Nature Inside is one of the healthiest ways to live in your home. We’re all spreading more time indoors. Working from home, homeschooling, and dining at home. Therefore, why not add a little nature to your home?
Biophilic Design is based on Nature
If you’ve never heard of biophilic design. It’s based on the “Biophilia hypothesis” which refers to the inherent need to experience nature. In the case of modern life, as humans, we are separating ourselves from nature. Besides, more people are moving towards technology. However, as a culture people tend to feel better when surrounded by nature. In other words, from a home perspective. People are more likely to spend more on houses that have views of water, gardens, and/ or nature. Humans also value companionship with animals. Similarly, in America, 60 million people own dogs, and 40 million own cats.
How to Bring More Nature Inside Your Home
- Direct experience of nature-Direct experience refers to contact with natural features. For instance, allowing for natural light and the flow of air. Weather permitting, opening the windows. Views of water, wetlands, aquariums. Adding plants to the exterior and interior spaces. Plants have been proven to increase health. Animals, while hard to achieve, can be done through aquariums, gardens, and bird feeders.
- Indirect experience of nature-Indirect experience refers to contact with images and or representations of nature. For instance, adding artwork of nature, natural materials e.g wood, and stone. Natural colors or “earth-tones”, those that are commonly found in nature e.g. brown, green, and blue. In areas where natural light cannot be achieved the use of interior lighting that mimics natural features.
- Experience of space and place-The experience of space to enhance well-being. In other words, design elements include balconies, alcoves, and an area’s spaciousness. Also, adding transitional spaces. Above all, connecting interior spaces with the outside through the use of porches, decks, atriums, lanais, and foyers.
Sandra Asdourian Interiors specializes in Biophilic Coastal Contemporary designs. The meaning of luxury is comfort. When your home feels comfortable, it affects your mood and your health. Schedule a complimentary 15-minute discovery phone call.