Spring is finally here to revitalize and lift us out of the Winter slumps! This beautiful weather gives us the opportunity to spend more time outdoors and redesigning our outdoor spaces, such as our patios. One great way to revamp your patio and make it a more enjoyable outdoor space is by creating a patioscape. Living in an urban environment where nature is limited, paired with busy schedules, the best place to start is by evaluating the condition and design of your patio. There isn’t a more convenient way to meet our daily need for being outside than to simply extend living, work, and entertainment areas beyond the structure of our buildings into spaces gifted with open air.
A Biophilic designed patio is an easy investment when considering the return of these five health and financial benefits for you or your customers.
Encourages Social Interaction
Being outside in fresh air improves the ability to relax, boosts mood, extends attention span, alleviates feelings of isolation, and creates a sense of safety, all of which make us feel happy and increase our desire to socialize with others. The Biophilic Pattern of Refuge is a design response to our innate need for safety and shelter from danger. A place to withdraw from the main flow of activity liberates us from a state of fight or flight, so we can retreat to a state of comfort. Refuge can be created by isolated seating with nature protecting the space behind and overhead. Green walls, flower walls, hanging plants, and planted rectangular outdoor planters are great ways to fabricate trendy privacy and sound barriers that generate refuge from the urban surroundings.
A patio with The Biophilic Pattern of Visual Connection to Nature provides an unforgettable ambiance with the power of restoration that pulls family, friends, patrons, and co-workers together and leaves them wanting to return. Lives structured around chaos and multi-tasking are a recipe for burnout; connecting with nature has been proven to be the most effective way to release anxiety, reduce stress and decompress tension that builds up in our daily routines. Employers who have invested in a space for their staff directly connected to nature’s living systems, such as plants, have reported a 14% decrease in absenteeism.
Eating in an open-air space created to enhance nature’s auditory, haptic, olfactory, or gustatory stimuli has been scientifically proven to help balance hormones, increase vitamin D, and lower blood pressure, all of which aid our body’s ability to process food efficiently. Making a patio the ultimate place to enjoy a meal compared to a dull breakroom or a crowded restaurant.
Developing an attractive, safe space beyond your building’s walls is one of the easiest ways to extend your available capacity making it a great tool to increase revenue. It has also been shown to be one of the most fruitful marketing strategies to draw in foot traffic for both commercial business and real estate appeal.
Extends an Invitation
Outdoor areas provide kid and dog-friendly environments for friends and patrons that may have yet to consider your location. Nature scenery containing plants and natural lighting generates brain-stimulating patterns called fractals that have a calming effect allowing children to center their minds and become less distracted, inviting a much more peaceful dining experience for parents and those around.
Contact Patioscape Experts
A patio should be an oasis that nurtures our evolutionary need for connection to the natural environment. If you or your customer needs a refresh or build from scratch now is the time. Our expert team at Plant Solutions will not only guide you in design choices that are trending and functional but also that appeal to the biological connection to nature to achieve the ultimate return. We are your resource for high-end plant walls, moss wall art, container plant styling, and you won’t find anyone more knowledgeable about selecting the best plants for patio and outdoor planters. We even have an entire team dedicated to plant care and maintenance programs to ensure long-term plant design integrity.