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Reconnect with Nature with Biophilic Design

Biophilic design offers a way to reconnect your interiors with the natural world. Let LL Flooring introduce you to this design trend.

2 min read
Published on June 14, 2022

What Is Biophilic Design?

Biophilic design is a growing trend that focuses on reconnecting us with nature in our modern, technology-filled world. For many of us, the natural world signifies peace and rejuvenation, so this design trend can bring a sense of calm that benefits our mental well-being. But there's more to biophilic design than simply adding a couple of plants to a room⁠—we’re talking about interior gardens, vertical plant walls, staircase gardens, and tactile flooring made from organic materials.

CoreLuxe XD 5mm w/pad Ordesa Oak Rigid Vinyl Plank Flooring
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5mm w/pad Ordesa Oak Rigid Vinyl Plank Flooring

Biophilic design comes from the idea that humans have an innate desire to connect with nature. Modernity can make finding a direct connection with the world around us difficult. Even in rural areas, surrounded by the rhythms of nature, the hustle of contemporary life forces an increasing number of us to rely on indirect experiences of it. This has led us to find ways to incorporate as much air, light, water, and greenery as possible into our interior designs. That's why, in modern architecture, you'll often find large windows that maximize natural light, and perhaps a water feature or a living plant wall. It also helps to explain the craze for potted plants. Biophilic design also values sustainably sourced natural materials such as wood, stone, cork, and leather. You can expect to see décor that looks antique or handcrafted⁠—it's all about reusing, repurposing, and recycling materials to give them a longer life.

Why Is Biophilic Design Popular?

Biophilic design caters to our desire to connect with nature and ties in with our drive to live more sustainably. It's about designing for both now and for the future. You can achieve this in your own home by carefully considering your design materials, from your flooring up. Think about what resource your design element is made of, how long that material will last, and how it could help provide you with an indirect experience of nature.

What Flooring Works in Biophilic Designs?

Your flooring is a key part of establishing any aesthetic, as it sets the stage for the rest of your design and helps to unite all the pieces into an organic whole. Natural wood, porcelain, and stone floors will all provide you with a direct interaction with natural elements. If you choose wood flooring, why not consider a distressed or wire-brushed texture to help stimulate your feelings of connection to the natural world? A matte finish will help you achieve the organic, unpolished look that's key to the biophilic style, and wide planks can lend a sense of enduring natural strength. We also offer stone-look and wood-look porcelain tiles that fit perfectly into any biophilic design, as well as wood-look designs in cork—a natural and sustainable material.

Create a cozy forest escape with an earthy brown floor, large green plants and a trickling stone fountain. Make the space even more immersive with leaf-print wallpaper. Or choose flooring in sandy or weathered gray tones for a natural shoreline feel, complete with driftwood décor objects and ornamental grasses. Accent those earthy tones with flowers or other pops of color to evoke nature's full palette.

At LL Flooring, we understand and value sustainable practices. We love the biophilic design trend and are happy to help you incorporate it into your home design. Browse our selection of flooring and trim options that will root your space in the spirit of the natural world.