Biophilic Moodboards: greenery

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Welcome to Biophilic Moodboards!

What it is
Biophilic Moodboards is a new format, where we'll look into one element of biophilic design through a moodboard. A moment to feel inspired and get lost in beautiful images!

And what better moment that the beginning of the month to draw some inspiration? That's why I thought to make Biophilic Moodboards a monthly appointment, that will come back the first Friday of every month!

Why I created it
Biophilic design is an extremely powerful approach to interior design. It can give tangible health benefits and really help improve well-being. But its name – biophilic design – and its strict organization into patterns, can make it feel a bit intimidating and way more technical and complex than it actually is.
So I thought; what better way than images to talk about this topic in a more approachable and easy way?
And voilà, that's how Biophilic Moodboards was born.
I hope you'll enjoy it!

Today we start with the one and most popular element of biophilic design: greenery.
From the Urban Jungle movement to the bringing the outdoor in trend, plants are among the most common home accessories these days.
So here is the Biophilic moodboard of the month!

Moodboard depicting the concept of greenery in biophilic design. Wood hanging planters, a circular staircase with plants all along the handrail and two close up views of branches and leaves.<span class="sr-only"> (opened in a new window/tab)</span>
Credit (from top left): Annie Spratt (via Unsplash) (opened in a new window/tab), Tom Raffield (opened in a new window/tab) (via Instagram) (opened in a new window/tab), Paul Cocksedge (opened in a new window/tab) (via Web Urbanist) (opened in a new window/tab), Ángel León (via Unsplash) (opened in a new window/tab). Moodboard: DforDesign

The overall idea behind biophilic design is restoring a positive contact with nature in indoor spaces. And it's clear then that one single potted plant is not enough to make a biophilic interior. So let's see what we can do!

Abundant indoor greenery

Plants should be distributed across rooms, making them a recurrent component of the styling. The variety of vases available allows to blend plants in the space whatever your style (by the way, have your seen my selection of creative containers to make your plants stand out?)
Clearly, abundant indoor greenery does not mean you need to fill every empty corner with a plant! Let your intuition guide you here and decide how much is enough according to your tastes. After all, the all thing is about feeling good!

A circular staircase with plants all along the handrail.<span class="sr-only"> (opened in a new window/tab)</span>
Credit: Paul Cocksedge (opened in a new window/tab) (via Web Urbanist) (opened in a new window/tab)

If you're short on floor space or you just want to try something new, why not trying a vertical garden? They're also raising in popularity these days (according to Pinterest trend report for 2019 (opened in a new window/tab), searches for vertical gardens have increased by +287%!) so it may be just the right moment to give them a try!

Outdoor view looking into nature

Even seeing nature out of the window can help to heal our minds and connect us with nature! The bigger the window the better!
It's worth noting though that you don't necessarily need to live on the edge of a big forest! Even a smaller terrace will do!

Balcony with greenery all around.<span class="sr-only"> (opened in a new window/tab)</span>
Credit: IKEA (opened in a new window/tab)

In fact, it has been proven that biodiversity has a better effect on health than the actual size of the green area.

"Visual access to biodiversity is reportedly more beneficial to our psychological health than access to land area (i.e., quantity of land)."
(Fuller, Irvine, Devine-Wright et al., 2007)

Which brings to the next point...

Variety in greenery

Mixing up different types of plants makes for a more interesting result. From a style point of view, alternating plants gives more freedom and allows to "fix" different problems. An empty forgotten corner? A tree will fill it in beautifully. Have some counter space available? Potted plants are the way to go. No counter space at all? Then draping plants hanging from the ceiling will add immediate charater!

Two draping plants hanging from a wall.<span class="sr-only"> (opened in a new window/tab)</span>
Credit: Tom Raffield (opened in a new window/tab) (via Instagram) (opened in a new window/tab)

If you're unsure on which plants to choose, you can take a look at the best plants & flowers to clean indoor air to get you started!

Tactile access to plants

Connecting with nature means using all our senses to experience it. Having some plants at reach is one way, as it allows looking at them from close, touching them and smelling their leaves or flowers.

Close up of a pine leaf.<span class="sr-only"> (opened in a new window/tab)</span>
Credit: Ángel León (via Unsplash) (opened in a new window/tab)

Plants as furniture

Used as a see-through room divider or to frame a reading nook, plants can be used as furniture pieces and help create separate areas in the space!

Tall plants visually dividing a dining room area.<span class="sr-only"> (opened in a new window/tab)</span>
Credit: Estudio Lätt (opened in a new window/tab) (via Houzz) (opened in a new window/tab). Photo by David Montero (opened in a new window/tab)


Curious about biophilic design?
In my dedicated mini-series, you'll find a general introduction on biophilic design as well as more details on all the patterns: nature in the space, natural analogues and nature of the space.

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