With a renewed focus on employee well-being in the workplace, companies are paying more attention to the fine details, which have a big impact on wellness. As a result, we’re seeing more and more instances of biophilia in commercial design – ‘bringing the outside in’ or incorporating elements of nature, in order to benefit staff morale and productivity.
What is Biophilic Design?
Biophilia, meaning love of nature, focuses on our innate attraction to nature and the natural processes, which was put forward in 1984 by American biologist and theorist Edward O Wilson. Wilson argued that humans benefit from being in close contact with nature, and often suffer when we’re excluded from it.
Biophilic design explores how we can bring nature into a space, through the introduction of real forms of nature such as plants and natural light, and how we use elements that mimic aspects of nature, such as colours, textures and patterns.
Since the introduction of biophilia put forward by Wilson, a large number of studies have been undertaken to determine the benefits of introducing Biophilia to the modernised environment that we find ourselves in, with results including:
- Increased productivity by 8% in the workplace, followed by an increase in employee wellbeing by 13%.
- Quicker recovery time for patients in post-operative care where biophilic elements were present (8.5% faster recovery than in spaces without biophilic design).
- Customers to a retail premise indicated that they were willing to pay 8-12% more for a business’ goods and services where the buying environment incorporated biophilia.
Implementing Biophilic Design
In order to promote wellness and wellbeing throughout your space, implementing Biophilia often tends to be a much more through process than introducing a few potted plants to your space, however, they are relatively simple to begin implementing.
Take advantage of natural light
Natural light has been found to decrease depression and improve mood, energy, alertness and productivity. To make the most of your space’s natural light, ensure that any windows aren’t fully covered by blinds and that desks are strategically positioned; side on works well, avoiding glare, but allowing plenty of light into the space.
Introduce natural finishes
Introducing natural finishes into your space is a simple way to implement Biophilia in your workplace. Flooring is a great place to start. With such a large surface area, your choice of floor covering can have a huge, yet subtle impact.
LVT is a great low maintenance, cost effective solution. It can offer a range of authentic looking wood and stone effects as well as providing acoustic comfort and is much quieter than real wood, stone or laminate products.
Our new Landscape range, due to be released in Summer 2019, has been inspired by the natural world, built into two collections; Wildwood and Shoreline.
Wildwood contains 30 planks, 6 parquets and 12 click products, whilst Shoreline has a selection of slates and cement style stones.
The names of the products stem from either items you would find in nature (Bramble, Crows Nest, Coppice) or feelings and actions which you’ll encounter on a walk through a woodland (teeter, tip toe, hop).
We also have three wood grain designs within the Wildwood collection, which offers something for everyone looking to incorporate LVT planks into their space. Whether you’re looking for high definition graining, multiple tones or classic designs, the true beauty of this range is the variation in colours we have available.
In comparison, Shoreline offers 12×24”, 18×18” and 9×9” tiles, inspired by slates in Wales and cement like textures that can be found washed up by the tide.
Our final new addition in the Landscape range is a group of products called Tapestry. Made up of 16 unique decorative tiles, Tapestry can be mixed and matched with the 18×18” and 9×9” Shoreline collection in order to create a truly bespoke floor for your space.
Bring plant life into your space
Did you know that one plant for every three employees can reduce carbon dioxide levels by 20%? Along with the ability to reduce dust and bacteria levels within your space, introducing plant life into a space has been found to reduce ailments such as headaches and coughs.
Biophilia is not a passing design trend; as we become more aware of our environment, biophilia helps to not only complement design, but improve the overall quality of life of the people within the space.
Are you ready to explore some of our latest collections to start introducing Biophilia into your space? Discover our range of collections here, or head to our Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest and Instagram for some design inspiration.
This post was written by Distinctive Flooring