Why Biophilic Design Matters and 10 Ways You Can Use It

Biophelia speaks to our innate need to connect with nature. After all, we’ve been in this human existence for hundreds of thousands of years, yet have lived in a built environment for about 20 thousand of those years. Our biology expects us to be in nature. This is where we are happiest and healthiest, our most creative, and our most productive.

We can leverage the patterns of biophilic design to align this biological need within the design of our homes and offices. Since it’s in our DNA that we need exposure to nature in order to thrive, we integrate design excellence with the patterns of biophilia. Not only does this provide you with a beautiful and functional place to live, but one that will connect with your essence, your biology for your well-being and happiness. 

Here are some ways you can incorporate elements of biophilic design into a space:


1. Consider green roofs, terraces or a living wall. Living plants are not only beautiful, but they improve focus, boost your mood, concentration and creativity.

2. Make sure there is natural light, with various intensities of brightness. Dappled sunlight through sheer drapery fabric or cane-backed furniture along with windows open to the sky and vistas are examples. 

3. Subtle, pleasant natural aromas. Hints of jasmine through an open window, or an essential oil diffuser on a counter.

4. Hearing the sound of water, from a pond outside, to a decorative indoor water fountain. My cats have a water bowl that circulates water and drops it in little waterfalls back into the bowl. 

5. Use colors that call nature to mind, such as greens, blues and yellows. See what colors are out your windows, and bring them inside in an area rug, decorative pillows, upholstery or even artwork. 

6. Use natural materials such as cottons and linens, wood and stone. The less the material is processed, the better it will feel. 

7. Make sure air circulates freely. The feeling of a fresh breeze through a window is heaven. 

8. Consider textures and patterns in fabrics similar to those found in nature, from the striations of the bark on a tree to the patterns of leaves on a plant. Think fractal geometry rather than Euclidean geometry. There are no straight lines in nature, rather there are multiples of shapes and patterns, and all relate to the golden mean of 1.618. Some argue that the Egyptians applied this golden ratio as far back as 3000 BC in the construction of the great pyramids. 

9. Create spaces of refuge, such as a window seat, a wing-back reading chair or a kitchen nook. 

10. Views are catalysts for our imaginations. There is a sense of safety when you’re able to look off into the distance and refocus your attention.

The research into designing our homes with the vast range of sensations we experience in the natural environment, is ongoing. Many benefits have already been measurably proven, such as regulating our heart rates, lowering our blood pressure, increasing the flow of serotonin and decreasing our stress hormone, cortisol. Why not design a home that is not only beautiful, but beneficial to your well-being as well? 

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Stacey Lapuk, ASID

Stacey Lapuk, ASID is celebrating her 30th year with her firm. Named “One of America’s Ten Designers To Watch” by Design Times Magazine, one of the “Top 100 Interior Designer in North America” by Blink Art Resources, and the winner of multiple national design awards.  Her goal is simple: To co-create with her clients the home of their dreams with responsive and comprehensive solutions, and timeless, beautiful results. 

Her full service firm attracts clients desiring the finest workmanship, materials and custom design. Facets of work include partnering with architects on new construction, remodels, kitchen design and bath design, color consultation, custom furniture, flooring, area carpets, wall and window treatments, lighting design, art procurement and antique acquisition.  Service areas include but are not limited to Marin County, San Francisco, Napa, Sonoma, Ross, Kentfield, Belvedere, Tiburon, San Rafael, and Pacific Heights.