ad collaborative post // Biophilia offers an escape from the concrete jungle by embracing nature in interior spaces to connect people with the natural world. The word ‘biophilia’ originated in 1973 when Erich Fromm described it in The Anatomy of Human Destructiveness. The term was popularised by American biologist Edward O. Wilson in his 1984 work Biophilia.
Biophilia interior design focuses on elements of the natural world, but it doesn’t shun aspects of the artificial world we have built. It is meant to balance spaces to keep us connected with other living things.
Why would we want to do this? Because human beings have a deep connection with nature that is sadly lost in today’s digital world. We spent millions of years evolving in nature, and it is in our instincts to feel happiest in it. If that sounds a bit out there, this study from 2020 backs us up with global evidence that Biophilia contributes to life satisfaction. Another study, this time from 2014, found a deep link between being connected to nature and feeling happy.
How to embrace biophilic bedroom design
It’s surprising how much time we spend in our bedrooms. The average person spends 26 years of their life sleeping, and if we say 90% of our sleep is in our bedroom, then we spend 23.4% of our lives sleeping in our bedrooms.
Add the time we’re not sleeping and the number balloons. Suffice to say, our bedrooms play a lead role in our lives!
Embracing biophilic design is a great way to make yourself happier. It might not seem like it now, but a deep connection to nature in your own home does wonders for the mind, just as a walk in the woods or along the coast does.
Here’s how to embrace biophilic design today:
Biophilia doesn’t specify colours, but earthy greens, blues, yellows, purple, and lilac dashes are quintessential. Go for a light blue or pastel green feature wall and pepper in splashes of bright colours with décor and fabrics to keep your bedroom light.
Leafy, flowery decorating
Leafy, flowery wallpaper is a fantastic way to make a biophilic feature wall, and you can go further with floral bedding and a rug. The only thing to avoid when decorating is leafy and flowery curtains because these give off a granny vibe. Everything else is safe, though!
Other than random rock formations and a few trees, you don’t see straight, geometric lines in nature. Curves are the natural way of things, from how plants wilt to the fabric of the universe (spacetime), which warps (curves) with mass.
You can embrace biophilic design with curved and rounded furniture like a rounded bed frame, circular rugs and décor with smooth, flowing shapes. Geometric wallpaper is a no-go, and angled furniture is the opposite of what you want.
Go to a garden centre and get some plants
Garden centres aren’t just for your garden; they also sell houseplants and various species that can live anywhere. You can get plants for your windowsill, desk and bedside tables, and large, hardy plants for the corners of your bedroom.
The most straightforward trick is to get a tall plant like an ivy for the corner of your bedroom, but it needs to live adjacent to a window so the plant gets enough light. Living plants will also give you something to nurture and grow. The satisfaction this gives should not be underestimated!
Let natural light in
The best way to increase the amount of natural light in your bedroom is with reflective window blinds (white or silver will do). You can tilt blinds any which way to angle sunlight into your bedroom, so it’s bright without blinding you.
Curtains are good for warmth, though, so keep these in place if you like. Make sure you can pull them right back so your blinds can do their job. You can also increase natural light in your bedroom with mirrors; try placing a large mirror (wall or freestanding) adjacent to a window.