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An Interview With Oliver Heath: The Benefits Of Biophilic Design

Oliver Heath Interview about biophilia and biophilic design on mochacasa blog

Oliver Heath is a biophilic design consultant, architect, interior designer, writer and TV presenter who has worked on programmes for numerous channels including the BBC, ITV, Channel 4 in the UK and Norway’s TV2.

He kindly agreed to this interview to talk about biophilic design, the benefits it can bring into our lives, as well as share some tips on how to to make your home more biophilic.

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How To Give Your Living Room A Fresh New Look With Biophilic Design

How to give your living room a fresh new look with biophilic design

One of the key interior trends this year is biophilic design.  And with spring on the way, it’s the perfect time to give your living room a fresh new look. So why not add some elements of nature to your decor to bring the outside in?

More than just a visual makeover, biophilia has been shown to relieve stress and promote relaxation. Meaning not only will your living room look great, but give you a sense of wellbeing too.

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An Introduction to Biophilia and Biophilic Design

An introduction to biophilia and biophilic design from Mocha

You may have recently heard designers talking about biophilia or biophilic design.

If you were wondering what they mean, here’s a short introduction to explain the concepts. Learn how biophilia can benefit your home and wellbeing. And get some tips on how to bring some biophilic design into your home.

Let’s start at the beginning:

What is Biophilia? And Why You Need Biophilic Design in Your Home

How to use Biophilic Design in Your Home to Increase Happiness and Wellbeing

How Biophilic Design Could Help You Sleep Better

Why do we Find a Room With a View so Appealing?

Nature and plants in your home

Bringing more nature and greenery into your home and life is very much at the core of the principle. Discover why it’s not just another interior trend, some of the benefits of having plants in your home. How nature can inspire and even make your home feel more luxurious.

Why Plants Are More Than Just an Interior Trend

10 Good Reasons to Have Plants in Your Home

New Trend Alert: Indoor Trees

The Secret to a Luxurious Home

Inspired by Nature

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Biophilic Design: Why Do We Find A Room With A View So Appealing?

Biophilic Design - a room with a view

If I was to ask you to list the main criteria you would like for your dream home, what would they be?

I’m guessing that high up on your wish list might be for your home to be situated in a location with a breathtaking view. (Perhaps by the sea, in the mountains, countryside or in a forest.) And to be able to enjoy the scenery with a panoramic vista of it through your windows.

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How Biophilic Design Could Help You Sleep Better

Biophilic bedroom design

One of the best night’s sleep I ever had was when I once stayed in a hotel where each hotel room was an individual wooden chalet.

Simply furnished, but very cosy, I’ve rarely felt so rested and refreshed upon waking up. While the clear country air certainly helped. It was pointed out to me that it probably also had a lot to do with the entire structure being made out of wood – a natural material.

That was the first time I made the connection between the effect of our bedroom environment  and its ability to help us sleep well. And the importance of bringing more nature and natural materials into our homes. I didn’t realise at the time that there was a name for this: Biophilia.

Various research studies have shown that there are clear links between biophilia and well-being. So introducing some elements of biophilic design into your bedroom could go a long way to helping you get a better night’s sleep.

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How To Use Biophilic Design In Your Home To Increase Happiness And Well-Being

Biophilic design in the home

Biophilic design is far more than just another passing trend.

Designers and architects increasingly recognise both the importance and benefits of combining nature with design. And biophilia is fast becoming an integral element of interior design, architecture and planning.

As well as improving the look and feel of your home, biophilia can also increase your feelings of happiness and well-being. Research has shown that exposure to nature can lower stress, elevate your mood, make you feel more relaxed and improve cognitive functions.

And the good news is that it is easy to introduce some biophilic design into your home. You don’t need to give it a full makeover or hire a specialist. Just a few changes can make a big difference.

Here’s a short introduction to a few of the guiding principles of biophilic design. Along with some ideas of how to add these nature-based design elements into your home.

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What Is Biophilia? And Why You Need Biophilic Design In Your Home

What is biophilia and biophilic design - Mocha

Biophilia. It’s a word you’re about to start hearing a lot more of. And it’s going to have an increasing influence on interior design and architecture.

The word ‘biophilia’ literally means a love of life or living things. (It stems from Greek and is the opposite of phobia. Phobia = fear of. Philia = love of.) We have an intuitive and deeply ingrained attraction to nature, and a biological need for contact with the natural world.

If I asked you to imagine a place where you feel calm and relaxed, chances are you would imagine a place in nature. Researchers have found that more than 90% of us imagine a natural setting.

We feel good in nature. But even more than this, our physical and mental well-being depends on continued engagement with the natural environment. It affects our personal well-being, productivity and even relationships with others.

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Biophilic Architecture: When Design Meets Nature

Biophilic architecture - mirrored installation by Anish Kapoor

Architectural shapes have always fascinated me. Especially when they are juxtaposed with nature.

I never realised there was a name for this synchronicity of design and the natural world working together. But then I learnt about the concept biophilia, and it all made perfect sense.

When you set architecture against the sky, like the Anish Kapoor installation above, or Santiago Calatrava’s Chords bridge (below) the effect is quite dramatic.

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10 Interior Design Trends for 2016

Interior design trends 2016 from Mocha Casa

We’re now well into the new year, and 2016 has firmly established itself. As the days get longer, making us feel more energised, this is usually the time when we begin to look around our homes with fresh eyes. We get into the mood to declutter for spring and start thinking about making some new new updates to our interiors.

So you might be interested to know: what are the interior design trends for 2016?

Here is a round up of some of the key elements and looks that are set to be popular for this year and beyond. The interesting thing is that there are common threads that connect and run through each of them, as you’ll see …

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Design Tips: What To Do If Your Room Doesn’t Have A View?

Blue plantation blinds in a home office

I recently wrote about why we are attracted to a room with a view. But what do you do if your room doesn’t have a good view?

If you live in a built-up urban environment, this is an all too common problem. And one I can relate to. The first home my husband and I moved into was a little flat above shops. We had a view of a car park and dustbins on one side, and a view of the main road and petrol station on the other. Quite grim, as I’m sure you’ll agree.

When the view outside your window isn’t a very appealing one, one design trick is to draw attention away from the window altogether. Turn the view inwards, and instead, make something else the focal point.

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