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Nature’s Blueprint: Biophilic Design

Sep 8th, 2023

by Tile Whoelsalers of Rochester

Globally, people spend an average of 6 hours and 58 minutes looking at a screen every day. That number has increased by almost an hour within the last decade. 

Relatedly, there’s been a growing need for people to connect with nature. A study from last year shows that the number of people taking up outdoor recreation activities has increased by more than 25%. 

As is often the case, our daily circumstances shape our aesthetic choices. ‘Biophilic design’ is a concept that has gained significant popularity in recent years. A response to the omnipresence of tech and the importance of nature, biophilic design aims to fuse the natural and the built world by incorporating natural elements into our living and working spaces. 

This article delves into the fundamentals of biophilic design, exploring the basics and the benefits and including some of our favorite nature-inspired looks.

The Basics

Biophilic design goes beyond the aesthetic appeal of adding a few plants to a room; it’s a holistic approach to enhancing human connection with the natural world. The design trend borrows inspiration from biophilia, a term coined by E.O. Wilson, referring to the inherent human inclination to connect with nature. Biophilic design envisions visually appealing spaces that contribute to our overall health and happiness.

Natural Elements: At the heart of biophilic design is the integration of natural elements into our surroundings–living green walls, indoor water features, and natural palettes like wood-look porcelain and natural stone tile.

Natural Light: Getting more natural light positively affects our circadian rhythm, promoting better sleep and overall well-being. Designing spaces with ample windows and skylights can aid us in keeping to our natural routines. 

Natural Connections: We can design rooms with open views of natural landscapes and easy outdoor access to involve nature in our everyday.

The Benefits

Bringing Nature Home: Research has shown that exposure to natural elements can improve mood and reduce stress. Biophilic interior design has been linked to increased happiness, better concentration, and improved cognitive function. Indoor gardens, natural materials, and large windows can transform living spaces into serene, intentional environments.

A More Natural Way To Work: Incorporating biophilic design elements in workplaces has been found to enhance employee productivity. Greenery in offices can reduce absenteeism and increase job satisfaction, leading to better overall performance. Other public spaces designed with biophilia in mind also positively impact the well-being of communities; parks, recreational areas, and urban green spaces offer opportunities for relaxation, social interactions, and a deeper connection with nature.

Nature’s Playbook: Our Favorite Looks


We love how Anatolia's natural stone tile brings an airy outdoor feel to a soft and open indoor space.


This glass collection from Anthology will accentuate any greenery in your space. It’s also environmentally friendly–it’s made of over 30% recycled content.


This wall tile by Crossville is the perfect canvas for a room full of natural light. Check out Crossville’s blog on their biophilic design-inspired lines.

You’ll find these and other natural looks in our showroom. Schedule an appointment or walk in to browse our selection and consult with one of our designers to see how you can bring more of our natural world inside!