The 6 essentials of a cozy corner for wellbeing

in Design Tips

In principle, relaxation should be one of the most important things a home is for.
But sometimes that’s easier said than done. From working to entertaining, homes are the background of so many different activities that just relaxing can become tricky.

With its wellbeing-centered approach, biophilic design can help address this issue.
Below, is a summary of 6 biophilic design features that will make a cozy corner truly healing.

Cozy corner on a bright mezzanine.<span class="sr-only"> (opened in a new window/tab)</span>
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1. A calm space

To start with, a cozy corner is more effective when it's in a specific area, specifically designated for relaxation. An armchair, a corner of the sofa… somewhere to always go to when it’s time to relax. Soon, the mind will associate relaxation with that particular place and automatically feel calmer.

The biophilic concept of refuge also helps to design a truly soothing space.
In short, a refuge area is one where we feel protected from what is happening around. At home, this can translate into a window seat, a reading nook, or even just a corner of the sofa. And if the weather allows, a balcony is also a great location to set up a cozy corner!

Read more about refuge areas in interiors

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2. Light

Natural light is one of the main elements of any biophilic design. Sunlight regulates our circadian rhythm (our internal clock). And a well-synced circadian rhythm contributes to restful sleep and days full of energy.

Placing a cozy corner next to a window is always a good idea as it allows to benefit from exposure to natural light while enjoying the view.
In a cozy corner in particular, artificial lighting should always be dimmable, to leave the option of adjusting the light level at any time.

Read more about light for wellbeing

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3. Greenery

Adding greenery to an indoor space gives it immediate life. Vertical gardens are a particularly good example of greenery in a biophilic design. They create a real natural oasis, reproducing the feeling of being out in nature!

Read more about greenery in interiors

Chair in a veranda with a huge vertical garden as a backdrop.<span class="sr-only"> (opened in a new window/tab)</span>
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4. Natural textures

Including nature-inspired textures, shapes and materials can considerably increase how much a space supports wellbeing.

For a cozy corner, choose soft textures and materials that will contribute to a soothing experience.

Read more about natural textures in interiors

Sofa area with blanket and cushions that make the space cozy.<span class="sr-only"> (opened in a new window/tab)</span>
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5. Go local

One of the overall aims of biophilic design is creating authentic buildings & interiors that are part of their environment.

In the scope of a cozy corner, you can connect the design with its local surroundings using materials (local wood for instance), décor (for example shells, rocks or branches) or even by taking advantage of the outdoor view!

Read more about building local identity in interiors

Relaxing armchair corner with branches of red leaves in a vase.<span class="sr-only"> (opened in a new window/tab)</span>
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6. The five senses

Interior design is often associated with how a space looks, but it is so much more than that!
All five senses can be included in a design – and this will tremendously improve how engaging the space feels!

Here are some ideas to incorporate the 5 senses in the design of a cozy corner:

  • Sight: calming colours and organic shapes.
  • Smell: soothing essential oils and flowers.
  • Touch: soft blankets and fluffy cushions.
  • Sound: natural sounds (also recorded), a crackling fire or the sound of water.
  • Taste: this goes somehow beyond interior design, but why not enriching a relaxing moment with a hot tea or coffee?

Read more about incorporating the 5 senses in interiors

Sofa with soft cushions, a tea and few plants.<span class="sr-only"> (opened in a new window/tab)</span>
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Setting aside some time for relaxation is a precious habit for wellbeing.
And designing a cozy corner can help us stick with the routine and make it even more effective!

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On Juan Sandiego said:
Very informative blog post. I find this topic fascinating!
On Silvia - DforDesign said:
Hi Juan! Thanks a lot for stopping by! :) Totally agree; biophilic design is such a broad topic, but at the same time the aim – well-being – is so essential and relevant to everybody!


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