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how do interior design, wellbeing and nature relate?

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Biophilic design aims at improving human wellbeing through design. And it does so by creating interiors that take inspiration from features of the natural world that have proven to be beneficial to us.

But how exactly do interior design, wellbeing and nature relate?

wellbeing & nature

Let’s take it from afar…what is wellbeing? The dictionary defines it as

a state characterized by health, happiness, and prosperity.

In other words, wellbeing is that desirable condition where we thrive (prosperity) both physically (health) and mentally (happiness).

One could now ask, what is the link between wellbeing and nature? Actually, spending time in contact with nature has proven to affect our bodies and minds in many ways. One could write a book exploring them all in-depth, but here are some examples:

These are just some of the findings that connect health with nature. But they’re enough to conclude that staying in contact with the natural world can do a lot for our overall wellbeing, both physically and mentally!

Home exterior at night. Light hits the plants whose reflection decorates the wall.
Credit: Spasm Design. Photo by Photographix.

interior design & wellbeing

Now onto the next big question: can interior design influence wellbeing?

The answer is a sound yes! Sure, interior design cannot treat illnesses, but it can contribute to preserving and improving our physical and mental health.

the effects of interior design on physical health

A healthy interior is one that takes good care of:

Biophilic living room.
Credit: SuperLimão Studio. Photo by Escanhuela Photo.

the effects of interior design on mental health

The impact of interior design on mental wellbeing can be summarized in that feeling good sensation we all have felt at least once.

This can translate differently for different people, but it always includes things like an overall welcoming feeling and dedicated spaces for different activities. One of these should always be a space to relax, which could even turn into a meditation corner.

Biophilic living room corner, ideal for snuggling and having some privacy.
Credit: Sergey Makhno

interior design & nature

Pulling everything together:

So it actually makes perfect sense to take nature as a design inspiration, because this can really unveil interiors’ wellbeing potential in full!

But taking nature as a design inspiration means way more than just adding a few indoor plants, and here is where biophilic design comes into play.

Nature is a rich ensemble of colours, shapes, textures, smells, temperature variations, space configurations and sensations that all impact the way we feel.

Biophilic design looks at nature in its entirety and – from space planning to the selection of materials – it reproduces indoors the many elements of nature that are beneficial to our wellbeing.

This is what makes biophilic interiors not only beautiful, but also engaging and ultimately healthy!

Biophilic living room with big windows leaving the view to the outside totally open.
Credit: Marmol Radzine

If you want to know more about biophilic design, you can explore its pillars:

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