Put simply, biophilic design can be described as “bringing the outside in”. It’s a way of creating an environment that helps people feel closer to nature. Research from the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health discusses the multiple benefits of biophilic design and its role in creating a calming, pleasant and healing environment. Choosing a biophilic design can reduce stress and creates an environment that can aid recovery – factors that are undoubtedly beneficial in any mental health setting.
What is the effect of biophilic design?
Studies show that an interior that follows the concept of biophilic design can have the following effects:
• Create a space that is relaxed and restorative
• Create a space that reduces anxiety
• Create a space that can lower blood pressure
• Have a positive impact on emotions
• Foster creativity
• Help improve concentration
• Help with recuperation
What type of biophilic design do Reinforced Beds offer?
You’ll find the biophilic design in many of our furniture products. Something like our curved oak furniture range features beautiful wood grain finishes and organic curved shapes reminiscent of the shapes so often seen in nature. Since we know the benefits of biophilic design appeal to all senses, choosing something that is pleasing to touch, as well as visually appealing, is a great way to maximise the sense of bringing nature inside.
Is colour important in biophilic design?
Colour has a big role to play in creating a space led by biophilic principles. It’s easy to think that creating a natural environment means sticking to a palette of browns and greys, but nature has some of the most vivid colours we can imagine and careful use of colour can really enhance a room created with biophilic design in mind. You can use something like one of our beautiful headboards to add a rich blue or fresh green that echoes the sea or rolling countryside or choose a floral tone to create a feeling of being in a wonderful garden. Combined with tactile wooden or wood veneer furniture, the right colours can create a real sense of bringing the outside in.
Find out more
At Reinforced Beds, we understand the range of factors that impact choosing furniture for challenging environments. With so many practical aspects to consider, interior design can feel almost secondary. Our range of furniture, beds and mattresses is designed to meet both practical and sensory needs, so you can choose something that harnesses the benefits of biophilic design as well as creating a safe physical environment for service users and staff. To find out more, just get in touch with our friendly team.