Bringing Nature Into Our Home
Interior design and nature begins with human experience. Considering the physical, mental, and emotional needs of people, interior designers use human-centered approaches to address how we live today. Creating novel approaches to promoting health, safety, and welfare, contemporary interiors are increasingly inspired by biophilia as a holistic approach to design.
By definition, interior design encompasses diverse aspects of our environment. The discipline extends to building materials and finishes; casework, furniture, furnishings, and equipment; lighting; acoustics; wayfinding; ergonomics and anthropometrics; and human environmental behavior. That is to say, centering on experience, biophilia influences the moment-to-moment physical and sensory elements found within interiors. Above all, it impact our emotions, health, and overall feeling. But what is Biophilia, and how does it connect to design?
Biophilia is the idea that humans possess an innate tendency to seek connections with nature. In addition, the term translates to ‘the love of living things’. In design, we bring characteristics of the natural world into built spaces, such as water, greenery, and natural light, or elements like wood and stone. For example, encouraging the use of natural systems and processes in design allows for exposure to nature, and in turn, these design approaches improve health and well-being. There are a number of possible benefits, including reduced heart rate variability and pulse rates, decreased blood pressure, and increased activity in our nervous systems, to name a few.