Biophilic design contributes to making people feel comfortable and at ease in interiors, which justifies its application to hospitality design.
Biophilic features can also easily become focal elements, creating that wow factor that’s so important in commercial interiors.
So today we’re looking at biophilic design applied to restaurants, which will make the space genuinely more welcoming for guests and workers alike.
Plants in interiors are surely decorative, but they can also double as functional elements.
For instance, plants are natural partitions that ensure privacy and physical distancing – a new necessity when it comes to public spaces.
When hanging from above, plants can also take the attention away from the ducts and pipes that are often exposed in restaurants, thus elevating the design without any structural work.
As a note, plants are not only greenery.
Tall trees, pampas grass compositions etc. are just as good at including nature in interiors!
Natural materials & textures
Nothing can beat the depth and character that natural textures bring into a space. Their tactile richness and the play of light and shadow make them ideal to create a space that engages the senses.
According to the style of the interior, textures can be juxtaposed to create a dense experience. Or alternatively, one single texture can become the feature in an otherwise minimal space.
In nature, organic and flowy shapes are way more frequent than straight lines.
Also, organic forms feel visually pleasing and welcoming, which makes them an ideal choice for a restaurant design.
What's out of the windows is always an important biophilic design element.
Both in homes, offices and in restaurants – outdoor views should be part of the design. When naturally worth it, this translates in highlighting the existing view. Otherwise, the challenge is creating an interesting view with the help of outdoor landscaping.
Curating the view also enriches the design with an element that evolves during the year. This strengthens the connection with the changing seasons and can build a deeper local identity.
Water features add a fresh sense of nature to all interiors. And in restaurants, they can easily become the focal point of the entire space.
Importantly, water is not just an element. It can also be a feeling, that's reproduced in the space with materials, movements or lighting.
Mystery and Refuge
Mystery and refuge are two biophilic design patterns that apply particularly well to restaurant design.
Refuge translates in cozy nooks for guests to have a more intimate dinner. And mystery adds a moody vibe to the interior.
Risk features are among the most spectacular in biophilic design.
They are perfect to introduce a playful element in a space – like swinging chairs and cantilever tables. When it comes to restaurant design, risk features help create a unique experience that guests will remember.
For even more inspiration, you’re welcome to take a look at my Pinterest (opened in a new window/tab), where I curate Room-by-Room biophilic design boards – including one dedicated to restaurant design!