Biophilic design for your bathroom
You have probably heard of biophilic design, but you are not sure what it means. Is it the tendency to fill everything with plants and vegetation? Partly yes, but biophilic design goes much further. Here you can find out how to use it in your bathroom and why it is so beneficial for people.
What is biophilic design?
Biophilic design is based on the concept of biophilia, the human need to connect with nature. This innate attraction has prompted architects and designers to introduce elements of nature into building construction and interior design.
The main goal of the biophilic design is to reconnect humans with nature. This is why this type of design is particularly useful in urban areas, where contact with nature is often lost and city dwellers spend most of their time indoors.
Key elements of biophilic design
As already mentioned, biophilic design is much more than just decorating a space with plants. Different resources can be used to connect the inside with the outside.
- Think big and introduce elements of nature into your bathroom design that appeal to all the senses: sight, smell, hearing, taste and touch. The idea is to enjoy soothing sounds, such as that of a fountain, views of the outdoors through a large window or fresh, relaxing smells.
- Contact with the open air, either through windows or balconies, is essential.
- Remember to use natural materials and colours, including wood, stone, wool and leather.
- Give preference to organic shapes in furniture and decoration that are reminiscent of nature. Curves and rounded or imperfect shapes are more in keeping with this type of design.
- Create uncluttered, open spaces where people can move around and feel free.
How can biophilic design enhance a bathroom?
The biophilic design suits any room in the house, including the bathroom. Traditionally, bathrooms have been seen as functional spaces, usually cold, impersonal and unattractive. In recent years, however, this space has become a place for relaxation and self-care, where you can unwind and recreate a private spa.
Several studies have shown the benefits of contact with nature for humans, which is why it is so beneficial to embrace biophilic design in a space such as the bathroom.
It is said to promote people’s well-being by reducing stress levels. Without a doubt, being in such an environment improves the mood and contributes to a better family atmosphere.
Inspiration for a biophilic bathroom design
In recent years, a number of Silestone and Dekton collections have been developed including colours and textures inspired by nature. For instance, there is the Sunlit series by Silestone, inspired by the Mediterranean, or Stonika by Dekton and Ethereal by Silestone, inspired by natural stone, among others. These colours are ideally suited for designing spaces that transport us to nature.
Furthermore, both Silestone and Dekton are the perfect choice for bathroom cladding and flooring, due to their easy maintenance and the versatility of their designs.
These are just a few examples of biophilic design projects in which our brands have been used for different applications, such as bathroom countertops, flooring and cladding.