Ways to Bring Biophilic Design Into Your Apartment
It’s virtually impossible to keep track of all the trends in all areas of life: makeup, clothes, outdoor and interior design, business strategies, and the latest slang. Still, it looks like certain trends are here to stay, and we couldn’t be happier. It’s difficult not to get excited about people’s interest in amazing trends such as the biophilic design that allow you to combine nature with technology and bringing it indoors. If you’re looking for ways to make your apartment feel a bit more organic, we bring you a list of things you can do to bring in more genuine biophilic design.
In order to be healthy and happy, one should often be exposed to natural light and every now and then catch some sun. Natural daylight helps regulate our sleeping patterns and makes us more in tune with nature by balancing out our levels of serotonin and melatonin, both of which are linked to our sleeping patterns and mood. Having drapes and curtains on the windows is useful, but you shouldn’t keep them covered all the time. Let the natural light in during the day and don’t keep too many objects on the sill. Another important thing is that your windows should be kept clean so that the light that comes in is not muted or distorted. If your windows are small, consider placing several smaller mirrors on the walls so that they can reflect the light and make the room appear brighter for a long time.
It’s a sad truth that a great number of people these days spends approximately 90% of our time indoors. While this might be convenient, it’s also bad for our health. We already mentioned the importance of natural light, but exposure to fresh air is equally important too. When you wake up in the morning, open your windows and let some fresh air into your apartment. It will be easier to let the air flow freely if you move the curtains aside, which is why heavy curtains should be replaced with the ones that are made of lighter materials.
The easiest way to bring more natural elements into your home is to bring plants. A few small pots with succulents will make your desk come to life, a big potted plant in the corner of the room will make the space more inviting, and a vase with fresh flowers on the dining room table will make the air smell fresh. If you don’t have time to go out and buy flowers on your own, you can always order a flower delivery in Adelaide and have them fresh on your doorstep. Australians particularly like having their flower delivered because of the scorching heat, and this way flowers stay fresh for a long time. By having more flowers and plants in your apartment, you are creating more tranquil spaces and bringing every room to life.
This is a great idea for apartments because it doesn’t take too much space and it can completely transform any room. You can use pretty much any vertical surface to grow plants, and you can grow them anywhere: in your kitchen, living room, or the hallway, as long as there is plenty of natural light. Besides, going vertical means you have to get innovative and creative, which is a great way to add more colour and style to your life. So-called “living walls” or vertical gardens will help you feel like you’re close to nature even when you’re in the middle of a crowded city. It’s no wonder that many apartments and offices in New York are choosing to have such gardens.
If your apartment looks out to a park, that’s great – you should keep the curtains open for as long as you can. Views of nature help us relax and lower our stress and anxiety levels, so even looking at pictures will make us feel much better. On the other hand, not many of us are blessed with a lovely view of open spaces and trees, which is why we should improvise. If your window view isn’t that inspiring, you could always make up for it with some artwork that depicts nature instead. Your walls can be brightened up with images of meadows, waterfalls, rainforests, beautiful landscapes or even plain old botanic prints. A picture of the sun that’s setting over sea you took on your holiday will look wonderfully enlarged and turned it into a print for your living room wall.
The bathroom is that quiet space where we can calm down, focus on ourselves, and meditate for as long as we want, so why not decorate it in such way that we feel closer to nature? That way, the time we spend there will be even more therapeutic. Try incorporating more natural materials in your bathroom: bamboo floors instead of tiled ones, towels made of organic cotton, natural bath bombs, shampoos, and soaps will all make you feel closer to nature. You can also try reducing the amount of water you use by installing low-flow faucets and relying on flow restrictions. Recycling water and relying on rainwater more is also a great way to save water. Replace your old bath mat with the one made of real moss or pebbles, and you can even make one on your own.
We’ve already said how easy it is to bring nature to your home with wall art, but you can also do the same with wallpapers if you don’t want to cover your walls with pictures. This is particularly important in the bedroom where walls should be open and the environment calming. There are many lovely wallpaper patterns that represent nature, and you can easily find adorable flowers, leaves, and twigs, or even birds and insects. On the other hand, you could also opt for bed sheets that have similar designs, in case you’re not a big fan of wallpapers. Make sure your sheets are made of natural materials: cotton, bamboo, or silk, and place carpets or throw rugs made of wool by your bed.
Biophilic design is slowly making its way into our lives, transforming our offices and homes into mesmerizing spaces where organic meets synthetic and creates something completely new. Even though it might not be easy to completely transform your apartment, you can always start slow and take small steps towards your goal. This way, you will let your imagination and creativity take over and come up with the best solution for your apartment.