Health and Wellbeing - Designing with Nature
Using nature to inspire interiors that encourage health and wellbeing
Designing interiors alongside the environment are a primary trend for 2017. With the launch of Pantone's 2017 colour of the year "Greenery" symbolising fresh new beginnings. Heralding a whole new way of incorporating natural elements into our homes and workplaces to create health and wellbeing and comfortable spaces to live and work.
The colour green is associated with feelings of calm and has an overall balancing effect on our state of mind. However, when decorating with green, we should be mindful to use a balanced amount of warm and cold tones, and varying shades as utilising a monotone shade of green could leave you feeling lethargic and unmotivated.
If you look at nature for a clue, you will notice the vast array of green colour combinations that you may not have even imagined possible. Incorporating this natural synergy of colour combinations within your interior design scheme will create an invigorating space which will enhance your overall health and wellbeing.
In the past, we would work with the natural cycles using the different seasons as cues to what would be built, renovated or cultivated. When we moved away from this natural process, we created an immense amount of problems. Our new buildings now shut out light and air, draining us of the natural light energy force.
Being connected to the natural environmental cycle of life, we are becoming more in tune with not only nature but ourselves. Where possible, connect the home to the outside environment. Link a room to the garden, frame a beautiful view, create a vista to the sky and stars. We are hardwired to respond positively to the natural environment, so when we connect to nature, most people feel more calm and relaxed.
As technology advances, we are becoming more detached from the real world. It is vital that we create spaces that nurture our relationships where we can reconnect with each other. Living in a healthy home will have a direct effect on our physical and psychological health and wellbeing. It is no surprise that there has become a trend towards designing with nature and using natural materials that are either manufactured using sustainable and ethical methods or materials and finishes that have a visual reference to plants and living organisms that we may find in nature.
On our recent visit to London Design Week at Chelsea Harbour this year the exhibition highlighted the trend towards "Designing with Nature" From wallpapers and fabrics illustrating leaf motifs, large plant patterns, floral mixtures along with contemporary geometrics using various shades of greens, yellows and blues combined with textured natural finishes.
One of the easiest ways to add a visual representation of nature into your design is with wallpaper. BN Wallcoverings, Designed for living range shown above, is a digitally printed leaf design in vibrant green and blue colourways, this design instantly makes you feel at one with nature which will create an uplifting and invigorated feeling to your interior. For a more quirky natural feel, you could use this alternative vibrant blue feather wallpaper by BN Wallcoverings Curious range.
This driftwood effect wallpaper by Galerie African Queen Range has an earthy, rustic feel to it. This wallpaper would create a statement in your space while also creating a natural look. Another quirky alternative is the faux animal skin wallpaper, this wallpaper by Galerie African Queen Range is also textured which will add depth to the overall feel of the space.
This year at Ecobuild we found a company based in Portugal that makes cork products from recycled wine cork stoppers making it a genuine cradle-to-cradle product. Cork is the outer bark of the cork oak tree, which grows mainly in the Mediterranean region of the world. This tree has a lifespan of around 200 years.
Each cork tree must be 20 to 25 years old before it can provide its first harvest of cork. After extracting the cork, a new layer starts generating and nine years have to pass until a new crop can take place. Cork oak is the only tree whose bark can regenerate itself after crop leaving the tree unharmed. Cork is the perfect environmentally friendly material and an excellent option for flooring, wallcovering and upholstery fabrics.