Have you ever been in a mall or large hospital and seen all of the plant life? Have you ever thought about how much more at home those spaces feel compared to the more institutional feeling of doctor’s offices or retail spaces that lack those green touches?
Indoor spaces that include elements from nature, like plants, water features, and natural light, offer many advantages for residents or employees. You can learn how to connect people with nature through the concept of biophilic design here.
What is Biophilic design?
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 have many benefits for people, including:
- Better and cleaner indoor air
- Lower stress levels
- Higher productivity
- Lower humidity levels
As you can see there are so many benefits to adding green plants to your environment. There are actually some monetary benefits for adding biophilic designs to business areas. It has been proven that employees are more productive in an area that has added green plant life. Studies have also shown that not only are your workers more productive, but in a retail environment your customers are more likely to spend more time and money in your store. There have also been studies that show that doctor’s offices and hospitals that have plants tend to have better rates of healing than those without them.
“Biophilic design helps to restore the balance by bringing certain natural elements inside, helping people feel healthier and more energetic.”
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. Horticultural services 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.
The benefits of having these natural elements in your living and working spaces are far to advantageous to not try some of these simple solutions.
Contact Plant Solutions to Incorporate Biophilic Design into Your Life
As an experienced indoor landscaping company, Plant Solutions can assist with every aspect of including plants in your latest interior design. We can work with building crews and architects to help plan some of your initial building concepts around some natural ideas. If you have an already existing space, we can come to your home or business and discuss some different ideas and concepts for your area with you.
If you are one of the many people who have steered clear of adding nature into your environment for fear of caring for the plants, worry no more!
Here at Plant Solutions, we offer horticultural services. This means that for a very modest fee, we will come out on a regular schedule to water, trim, and care for any plant installations that we do.
No matter what level of biophilic design you are wanting to add, let us help you develop your ideas. We would love to work with you to help you reconnect with nature in your indoor space. Contact us at 480.585.8501 and find out more about how we can help you.