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How to Achieve Biophilic Interior Design
Create a tropical paradise in your home with one of the most impressive plant trends yet – biophilic design. (We’re pretty excited about this one!)
There are so many reasons to incorporate biophilic design in your living space. Firstly, living walls are beautiful to look at. They also purify the air, remove toxins, regulate room temperature, and absorb noise.
But they’re so much more than that. This up-and-coming design trend is the perfect way to refresh and rejuvenate your indoor space. And having a selection of gorgeous plants up on display can boost your mood and make you feel more productive. Seriously, what’s not to love?
Step your urban jungle up a gear with some of our fab biophilic designs.
What is Biophilic Design?
The word ‘biophilic’ comes from ‘biophilia,’ which derives from the Greek words for ‘life’ and ‘love or affection.’ Its literal translation means ‘love of life,’ which defines the human instinct to connect with nature.
It wasn’t until American biologist Edward O. Wilson released his book Biophilia that the term became more popular amongst scientists, urban designers, and home interior enthusiasts.
Biophilic design principles are rooted in the outdoors. Studies suggest we spend 90% of our life inside, where the air quality isn’t as pure as the fresh air we get when we’re out in the open. Indoor living spaces also lack ventilation. Both of these things can seriously affect our mood and overall wellbeing.
Biophilic design is all about bringing the outdoors in to improve your physical and mental health, especially in built-up, urban areas that dominate the natural landscape. Bringing elements of nature into your home can:
- Boost your mood
- Increase your productivity levels
- Help you feel more creative
- Recuperate your mental and physical energy
Biophilic design doesn’t just look fab; it has a wealth of wellbeing benefits, too.
What Makes Biophilic Design So Popular?
We could shout about the benefits of houseplants all day long. A living wall plant is no exception. By placing one in your home, you can enjoy:
When you’ve got lots to do, it’s not always easy to find the time to get out for some fresh air. Bringing the outdoors in can help purify the air and convert the CO2 you breathe out into oxygen.
Plants are also proven to remove toxins from the atmosphere, creating a healthier, happier environment for everyone: boosting your mood and getting those creative juices flowing.
Plants absorb sunlight, which can keep you cool during the hot summer months. They also add humidity to the room during winter, warming it up and making it more comfortable.
According to NASA Earth Observatory, this is all due to that clever little thing called photosynthesis. And while you shouldn’t say goodbye to your central heating just yet, a biophilic plant is definitely a temperature hero to be acknowledged.
A living wall frame that holds houseplants can help deaden noise by absorbing sound. This is ideal if you’re working in a home office or busy environment and need to concentrate. And if you need a little break from your work, preening your plant wall is an excellent way to clear your head and take five.
Views of Nature
A living plant wall gives you access to peaceful views of nature, which has a soothing effect on the mind and spirit. Being closer to the outdoors can help people feel happier, healthier, calmer and more productive.
Think back to the last time you visited a lush forest or secluded shore. How did it make you feel? Just being out in nature can make us feel at peace. That’s what indoor living plants can do. They transport us to a place of zen and tranquillity – nothing else beats it.
How to Nail the Biophilic Interior Design Trend
Need greenery but don’t have the space? We’ve got you covered. Jump on the jungle trend and add some vertical greenery to your home with the amazing (and NEW) Mobilane Living Art.
Each one contains a mix of Calathea, Devil’s Ivy, Philodendron and Chamaedorea – the perfect green gang for making a style statement within your living space. They’re also available in small and medium to suit the size of your home, no matter how big or small.
There are so many other reasons to love living wall art. But don’t just take our word for it…
Oh-So Easy To Use
Each living art frame comes with a set of screws to attach it to a wall. The art also arrives with the houseplants already included, meaning all you have to do is plant the houseplants in the trough, position the frame and screw it into place. Ta-da!
Try not to place it in direct sunlight to prevent the leaves from getting scorched.
Watering Made Simple
The Mobilane Living Art holds enough water for the plants for roughly two to three weeks. But don’t worry about working out when it’s time to fill the water tank – the handy watering can-shaped indicator pops out whenever the tank’s ready to be filled back up again.
This means your plants will always have enough to drink, taking the guesswork out of watering. Just give the leaves an occasional mist using water in a mister or the fab Plantsmith Perfecting Houseplant Care Mist and check that the leaves don’t get too dry. Oh, and when the tank’s full, the indicator stays hidden. How’s that for “fuss-free?”
Hello, Good Looking!
Not only is the Mobilane Living Art super easy to assemble, but it looks great too. It comes with a selection of four carefully curated houseplants that are designed to look fab wherever you hang your art, bringing serious spring vibes into your indoor space.
These plants include:
The Calathea is one of our favourite houseplants. This green beauty bursts into life when the sun shines then closes back up again at night. This is why it’s also known as the ‘prayer plant.’ The underside of the leaves are just as interesting as the top, so position your wall art somewhere you can see both.
Devil’s Ivy is a perfect newbie plant. Its pretty heart-shaped vegetation is happy to both climb and hang. It grows almost anywhere, making this fun plant tough as old boots.
The Philodendron is a fab trailing plant and a firm favourite here at The Little Botanical. The leaves are shaped like perfectly pretty hearts that’ll hang beautifully when the wall art’s placed up high. Make sure they get a bit of light, and they’ll grow and grow.
A popular houseplant for over a century, the Chamaedorea is the leafiest of indoor houseplants. It tolerates low light levels, making it a pretty easy-going, laid-back beauty. It’s even on NASA’s list as one of the most purifying houseplants. Looks good, does good.
Ultimately, you can interpret the biophilic design trend in so many ways – the options really are endless. All it takes is a few living wall ideas, and you can transform the look and feel of your home in an instant.
Be Inspired By PlantBox Living Walls
Mobilane Living Art isn’t the only way to create a living wall of plants in your home. The peeps at PlantBox have made a selection of on-trend indoor living wall systems designed to turn your home into a relaxing oasis. Stack them up and swap them around whenever you feel like a change.
For the green-fingered among you, why not choose a living wall kit and build your own wall at home or outdoors. The 10 PlantBox Troughs is an intelligent system that allows you to assemble your own urban jungle. Plants are not included in this one, so choose some green beauties from our site or why not go wild create your own outdoor display of wildflowers or edibles.
Should you want it all to arrive in one easy drop, take a look at the walls that include indoor plants or herbs. Fix the troughs together and plant the greenery into those troughs and you have your very own vertical living wall. Just add water and place it somewhere you can enjoy it (that’s not South facing!).
The best bit? They’re made from 100% recycled plastic, making them better for the environment and better for you. Happy (green) days!
Discover all our living wall plants and add your very own biophilic design to your living space. Share your walls with us by tagging us @thelittlebotanical or using the hashtag #littlebotanicallove. We can’t wait to see them!
Love, TLB Team x
P.S Feeling inspired? Why not read our guide on how to care for the Sansevieria next?