Indoor spaces that include elements from nature, like plants, water features, and natural light, offer many advantages for residents or employees. Biophilic design is the name given to interior designs that feature natural elements to help people feel connected with nature, even on the indoors. Biophilia, a concept first made popular as a hypothesis some thirty years ago, is a concept that is found at the heart of some of the most stunning and effective interior designs in the world. People instinctually seek the features of nature, which our bodies were accustomed to living in for many thousands of years. Now that life is conducted mostly indoors, people can feel disconnected from nature, which can lead to depression. High levels of stress and lack of vitamin D are just two of the issues that can arise as the result of lack of interaction with nature. Biophilic design helps to restore the balance by bringing certain natural elements inside, helping people feel healthier and more energetic.
How Do You Create a Biophilic Design?
Incorporating elements from nature into interior design means bringing some of nature’s best features inside and allowing them to shine in their own way. This means planning is key to making the design work. At Plant Solutions, we partner with designers and builders to ensure any design that includes plants, a living green wall or a water feature has the necessary structural elements behind it to keep it working properly over the long term. Our team draws on years of experience to make each interior design unique and breathtaking.
The Psychological Benefits of Incorporating Natural Elements into Your Designs
Research has shown that just painting the color green on an interior wall inspires calm as it suggests the tranquility of nature. Bringing actual green plants inside takes this suggestion further by mimicking the outdoor environment. Whether they are natural or artificial, being around plants on a regular basis has been shown to for people, including:
- Better and cleaner indoor air
- Lower stress levels
- Higher productivity
- Lower humidity levels
Tips For Making Biophilic Design Work In Any Situation
Some home and business owners are reluctant to include biophilic elements into indoor designs because they anticipate a need for maintenance and care over the years. If you yearn to include natural elements but worry about them getting the care they deserve down the line, here are some easy ways to solve this problem:
Choose low maintenance plants that require minimal watering and trimming. For example, succulents are a great choice to give a small touch of fresh greenery in any room, they take up very little room and their signature tightly packed leaves are visually interesting.
Hire an indoor plant maintenance service to take care of the plants for you. This allows you to have all the benefits of live plants without having to lift a finger and can be much more affordable than you realize.
Select artificial plants to give the suggestion of nature without any of the work. High-quality silk plants look convincingly like the real thing and only need to be dusted occasionally.
As an experienced indoor landscaping company, Plant Solutions can assist with every aspect of including plants in your latest interior design. Contact us at 480.585.8501 and find out more about how we can help you.