May 16, 2022
The drive for sustainable architecture and the shift from urban territory towards 15-minute cities has led to a mentality change for architects and designers, who are increasingly opting for more open, healthier spaces. Three qualities that define biophilic design, an architectural trend that seeks to bring nature in to the interiors of our houses and offices using natural wood or ceramic (such as PAR-KER ® by PORCELANOSA), are natural stone, plants and vertical gardens and earth tones.
Coined by the American biologist Edward O. Wilson in 1984, the concept of "biophilia" refers to "love for life" and the human development that occurs when one has contact with nature. Wilson analysed the relationship between personal well-being and union with nature, focusing on the influence that the environment exerted on society and on our vital habits. This principle is the basis of biophilic design, which seeks to create healthy and positive environments with interior patios, crossed ventilation systems and rooms which are full of natural light.
This trend can be achieved with some of the PORCELANOSA Group collections, whose design reproduces the softness of wood or marble and offers a more natural touch to both interior and exterior spaces.
Wood is the main character
To turn the bedroom into a natural refuge and improve the quality of your rest, try choosing wood for your flooring and complement it with neutral colours on the walls or furniture with cotton textiles. The L'Antic Colonial brand features multiple collections of parquet and laminated wood floors in its catalogue, such as the Elegant series which comes in different shades (Caramel, Cream, Honey and Platinum).
Look for natural light
One of the elements that defines biophilic design is natural light, which allows for sustainable and vital atmospheres which feel connected to the exterior, particularly in kitchens and living rooms. This idea is picked up by Gamadecor with its open kitchens by Emotions, which can be complemented with the L'Antic Colonial painted Skins Wallpaper. Series such as Ficus in Forest, Coal or Taupe bring the exoticism of the woods and rainforests in to your dining room, transforming the walls into a lush landscape.
Plants and vertical gardens
Many experts in architecture and urban planning have proved the benefits of biophilic design for offices or commercial spaces through their research, and these spaces have been shown to increase the creativity and concentration of each worker.
Adding vegetation to façades or interior patios increases the sensation of being enveloped by nature, helping the individual to disconnect. In addition, plants improve air quality and humidity in our spaces thanks to their ability to absorb CO2 and to maintain stable temperatures. This biophilic design was the work of the Valencian architect Ramón Esteve for the main PORCELANOSA showroom, and is conceived in an urban, sustainable hotel where green spaces and areas for rest dominate.
Vertical gardens, spaces with water, neutral tones or the creation of large, continuous spaces with large floor tiles are just some of the techniques you can try to transform interiors into natural spaces. In areas such as the bathroom, complement your design with oval or freestanding baths (Tono by Noken), metallic taps (Tono by Noken), or porcelain tiles which were inspired by green marble (Onice Green by XTONE).