Biophilic interior design – nurturing nature indoors
Text: Des. Hardesh Chawla, Principal, Essentia Environments, Gurugram
Architecture and interior design revolve around the experience humankind has in a built environment and its consequent effect. Hence, the design industry constantly comes up with efficient ways to make this a fulfilling experience. Owing to the technologically-advanced world that we live in, we have turned a blind eye towards our connection with nature. This has resulted in our overdependence on engineering and technology, compromising our peace of mind and well-being.
Biophilia is the intrinsic human need to connect with nature, contributing to our physical, mental, spiritual, and psychological well-being. Evolution in biophilic design is a revolutionary step towards creating an environment that boosts productivity by combining the essence of nature, wellness, and sustainability.
- More light, more luxury
Luxury doesn’t simply incorporate high-end design and materials in our spaces but welcomes an increased sense of lightness and openness. Layered lighting is enhanced by using fixtures and fenestrations on all three axes of a volume, such as by a skylight, suspended lighting and wall-mounted and floor-inlaid scones. Maximised lighting regulates the mood, restores hormonal balance and accelerates oxytocin in our system.
- Outdoors, but indoors
Opening up your house to nature and inculcating more open and semi-open spaces brings in freshness and greenery, thereby boosting your home’s Feng Shui and Vaastu Shastra. Landscaping or gardening in the form of open courtyards, green patches or double-height spaces is also welcome in natural light. One can choose potted plants, whether shade-loving, wide-leafed or perennial.
- Source natural materials
Live-edged raw materials add a natural feel and aesthetic to your spaces while promoting eco-friendly and sustainable living. Materials like rattan, wood, jute, clay, terracotta, cork, and corten steel age blend with naturally-sourced materials like stone, granite and marble.