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The quick guide to building a biophilic home

Biofilico founder Matt Morley shares easy ways to achieve a biophilic home for better health and well-being.

#1 Nature indoors

A 1993 study by Dr Roger Ulrich focused on biophilic design applied to various settings, one of which was a windowless, hospital emergency room. They traded blank walls and artificial furnishings for a design that aimed to connect people with nature through potted plants, furnishings made from natural materials, and a colourful wall mural of plants and animals in a Savannah-like setting. The result? A significant decrease in stress and aggressive behaviour among patients.

bedroom Project by Biofilico
This and top image: Casa Biofilico, residential project by Barcelona- and London-based design firm, Biofilico

#2 Colours

While bright tones can add energy, neutrals will help a biophilic home to feel grounded in nature. Try opting for colours that you often see in the wilderness, like browns, beiges and greens. Still looking for a pop of bright colour? Try a dash of sunshine yellow and a bright sky blue.

biophilic home project by Biofilico
Biofilico’s Matt Morley, in his biophilic residential project, Can Ikigai in Barcelona, Spain

#3 Art of imperfection

Nature is never about perfection, so why should your biophilic home be? Harness the intrigue and natural beauty that imperfection can bring and integrate pieces into your design that have variations in the finish or maybe even a couple of chips or cracks. 

ceramics home accessories
Can Ikigai residence, filled with beautiful ceramics and other natural materials and objects



#4 Materials

One of the ways to introduce nature into your biophilic home is by opting for materials that are natural and sustainable. Using organic materials can also lessen the presence of harmful chemicals that are regularly found in building materials and furniture – think benzene, formaldehyde and trichloroethylene. Avoid plastic where possible.

#5 Light

Fill your space with natural light whenever possible, but if that’s a bit of a challenge in some spaces, find a lighting system that uses blue-white tones in the middle of the day, and amber tones early and late, like the Philips Hue.

For more on this story with Matt Morley of Biofilico, and other great ways to improve your well-being at home, pick up a copy of our latest Lookbox Living magazine at newsstands!

Lookbox Living Magazine issue 64


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