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The Skinny on Biophilic Design

Posted on Friday, February 9, 2024

The watchword for 2024 is biophilic design. Huh? If you’ve never heard of it, biophilic design is an approach that seeks to connect people with nature by incorporating natural elements into interior design. The idea is that by incorporating these principles into your spaces, you can create environments that promote health and well-being. Now that you know what biophilic is, how can you incorporate it into your new Marvida home? We have some ideas.

Light It Up

Natural light reduces the need for artificial lighting. Homes with large windows, skylights and glass doors allow in plenty of light which helps your body make Vitamin D. It also provides views of the outdoors that can reduce stress and enhance your connection to nature.

Bring Nature Indoors

Incorporate indoor plants throughout your space to improve air quality, reduce stress and promote a sense of well-being. Choose a variety of plants that thrive indoors and place them strategically in different rooms.

Use Natural Materials

When it comes to furniture, textiles and countertops, opt for natural materials such as wood, stone, bamboo and cork in your design elements. These materials add warmth, texture and visual interest to the space while also evoking a sense of the natural world.

Incorporate Nature in Patterns and Textures

Let nature inspire your choice of patterns and textures. Choose leaf motifs, organic shapes or patterns resembling natural landscapes. These elements can be used in textiles, wallpaper, flooring and other decorative features.

Rooms With a View

Wherever possible position seating areas to overlook nearby green spaces, including your backyard, parks, ponds or other scenic landscapes so you can constantly have a visual connection to the outdoors.

Water, Water Everywhere

The sound of flowing water can help mask noise pollution and promote relaxation, so incorporate water features such as fountains, ponds or indoor waterfalls wherever you can. Small table fountains work great in family rooms and the bedroom.

Provide Spaces for Nature Interaction

Design outdoor areas such as gardens, patios or balconies that provide opportunities for relaxation, socialization and connection with nature. Consider adding seating, greenery and elements like fire pits or water features to enhance the outdoor experience.

Go With Curves

Incorporate natural shapes and forms into your design, such as curved lines, arches and irregular shapes. These elements mimic patterns found in nature and create a more organic and harmonious environment.

Engage All Your Senses

We don’t just use our eyes and ears. Incorporate elements such as natural fragrances, sounds of birdsong or rustling leaves and tactile materials that invite touch and exploration.

Get Outdoors

Provide opportunities for your family to get outdoors. Promote activities like gardening, birdwatching and nature walks. Families that live in Marvida have access to amenities that get them out outside and having fun including our new lazy river, exercise stations and playgrounds.

Visit Our Model Homes

Want to learn more about biophilic design? Visit our model homes. You’ll be inspired to incorporate it into your new home.