Plants on the Window

BIOPHILIC INTERIOR DESIGN

What is it?

Biophilic interior design is the thoughtful inclusion of nature-based design inside of the built environment for optimizing people's wellbeing.

Why care?

Throughout history we have always included nature or nature-based features inside but more recently we have minimized them.  Research is showing benefits to our health and wellbeing as well as financial benefits when we are engaged in biophilic interiors.


How?

The Biophilic Interior Design Matrix (BID-M) is a design decision making tool for nature inclusion that includes a list of 54 features in six categories. This list of features comes from that tool. Increased variety of features might simulate natural environmental conditions and has been found to increase preference as well as offer the opportunity to incorporate diverse evidence found for specific design features. By increasing the variety of natural features, designers can thoughtfully include biophilic design and optimally increase the overall wellbeing of people and the planet.

BIOPHILIC INTERIOR DESIGN

Elements
(6 main categories)

Below are the links to the six main categories, called elements. The 54 attributes (design features) are represented in the elements.

Plant in Glass Bottle

ELEMENT #1
ACTUAL NATURAL FEATURES

This element is defined as actual (not images) of real nature characteristics in the interior (most easily recognized as nature like plants and water)

Botanical Sketch

ELEMENT #2 NATURAL SHAPES & FORMS

Defined as nature representations and simulations

Shabby Chair

ELEMENT #3 
NATURAL PATTERNS & PROCESSES

Defined as properties derived from natural features & process

Twisted Staircase

ELEMENT #4 COLOR & LIGHT

Defined as color, light and material qualities & space relationships with nature

Interior Design

ELEMENT #5 PLACE-BASED RELATIONSHIPS

Defined as culture together with ecology, rooted in the local geography

View of Meditation Garden

ELEMENT #6 HUMAN-NATURE RELATIONSHIPS

Defined as paired biological needs