Change your home by bringing the outside in

It influences everything from cityscapes to the colors we choose for our bedroom walls.

Yes, biophilia is trending globally.

But while architects and urban planners take it from the top, are there ways we can develop our relationship with nature?

Let’s get down to the base level – literally.

Just like I did.

Having a plant as a partner in the house can have a positive effect.

Even one green companion makes a difference.

My own reading of it is as follows: Biophilia can be a delicate procedure like giving your fern a drink of water while brewing your morning coffee, as I do, or a big deal like having a glass dome-style sitting room reminiscent of the National Botanic Gardens.

Biophilia was defined by psychologist Erich Fromm in 1973 and popularized by American biologist E. O. Wilson in the 1980s.

Usually a biophilic design is sustainable.

Greening our homes, or ‘bringing the outside in’, has always been an aspiration of soignée designers in their work.

Perhaps the pandemic has made us more aware of our need to establish contact with our surroundings and with nature – in addition to creating spaces we already enjoy.

Mora Mackie Designed by Mora Mackie.
Mora Mackie Designed by Mora Mackie.

I check with designer cork and life enthusiasts for details.

“If Covid has taught us anything, it has made us realize how much we love our homes, outdoor spaces, and nature. How fortunate we are to live in a country with beautiful landscapes to enjoy?” says interior designer Balinhasig Mora Mackie.

“I’m excited about bioscience because it’s an area of ​​design that can increase your health, reduce stress, improve cognitive function, speed recovery, and boost your creativity at home or in the office.”

So, how do we deconstruct the concept so that we can enjoy it in our homes and lifestyles?

“Biophilic design is an architectural approach that seeks to intimately connect building occupants with nature – from the layman’s perspective, it recognizes our innate need to connect with nature and that bringing areas of the outdoors into our homes, living spaces, and workplaces benefits us as human beings.”

She adds that the benefits of connecting with nature are no surprise. “It’s good for our mental and physical health. Edward Wilson, a biologist, realized this in 1980,” says Maura.

“Biophilic design integrates the physical presence of nature in our surroundings, but this can be further enhanced by adding things like materials, textures, colours, shapes, and sectors found in nature – this stimulates visual, auditory and olfactory connections through furniture, art, decor and architecture.”

“Earth colors, natural fibers and materials, daylight, organic shapes, nature and botanical prints, water features, aromatic plants, living ceilings, and moss walls all work together to provide us with that connection.”

She adds that Mora’s experience means she has a “remarkable understanding of what” works in the home “from a practical point of view”.

“Design needs to complement functions in-house.

“I always keep this in mind when creating a new design for a client. Believe it or not, the choices you make when deciding what your home will look like will have a documented effect on your emotions and perceptions.

“I help clients transform their homes and offices into beautiful, creatively designed spaces that suit them and enhance their well-being.”

Mora’s practical advice

“Don’t worry, I won’t make you sleep in the woods!”

  • Bring fresh air into your space, open the windows – this will also allow you to hear some nature sounds outside, obviously depending on where you live
  • Maximize the light entering your home If you can open up a space in your home to incorporate a bay window/double door, or add a skylight, do so. Other simpler methods include pulling the curtains back to let the light in; Have some sitting/reading areas, or even put your desk near a window
  • Eliminate Clutter – Make the most of your space because clutter is not good for the mind

wall ideas

If you don’t have the option of looking at nature, simulate it.

  • Use your walls as canvases
  • Add photos of you in nature, or paintings with great landscapes
  • Add a background to botanical prints
  • Create a mural of an area in nature that you love
  • Add some stones on the wall, or an area that you can see from your house through a window
  • Make sure that there is a light-colored paint on the walls; This highlights plants and natural elements in the décor, or use a color palette derived from nature – earthy tones, forest colors or sunset shades.

getting dressed

  • Add greenery to your tablescape
  • Add Natural Patterns: What I mean by this is probably adding honeycomb tiles to a backsplash in your kitchen or bathroom
  • Add candles and diffusers with the scent of forests, sea and nature
  • Bring in greenery, this will surely make you feel more connected to nature. English ivy, peace lily, weeping fig, spider plant, snake plant, and Boston fern are able to filter toxins from the air.
  • Add a wall for living in the hall or kitchen area, or add a herb tower in your kitchen to grow herbs

bring nature

  • Soft furnishings: duvets and pillows
  • Furniture that follows natural lines and lines, such as coffee tables, office desks, custom window seats, dining tables, and shelves
  • Wooden screens: They are now frequently used in homes, commercial spaces and restaurants to divide space without compromising on lighting

water feature

Large or small, this will add a sense of calm to the space, and a small water fountain can be installed anywhere in the house – next to the front door, worktop, or on the windowsill.

  • Maura Mackey Design focuses on interior design for homes and businesses
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