How do interior design, wellbeing and nature relate?

Credits (from top left): Matthew Smith, @honkainkeskella (via Instagram), Marion Michele

Wellbeing & nature

  • natural light supplies our bodies with vitamin D (which helps preventing several diseases including obesity, diabetes, hypertension, depression and neuro-degenerative diseases*)
  • exposure to nature decreases anxiety and increases memory
  • spending time in nature improves creativity and problem solving
  • nature acts as mood booster and — since natural landscapes are compelling to our senses — they can effectively distract us from negative thoughts.
  • observing nature makes us feel part of something bigger and this has numerous positive effects. It helps us put our concerns in perspective, stimulates a positive mindset and a general sense of gratitude and even makes us more prone to help each other!
Credit: Spasm Design. Photo by Photographix.

Interior design & wellbeing


  • Indoor air quality
    Indoor air is often more polluted than the outdoor one. In particular, it is stuffed with harmful VOCs, that are released by building materials, glues, cleaning & air freshening products, burning reactions (like wood stoves, candles and incenses) etc.
  • Lighting
    The way we function is very much influenced by light: we’re awake during the day and sleepy when the dark comes. This innate biological clock is called circadian rhythm and it’s at the base of our overall wellbeing.
    Therefore, artificial lighting shouldn’t just provide enough light to allow us to see. It should also follow our natural cycle by adapting both temperature and intensity of light to the time of day. This wellbeing-oriented approach to light is called Human Centric Lighting, and its importance is being more and more recognized in the design industry. It has even been one of the 5 main lighting innovations presented at Euroluce 2019!
  • Ergonomics and movement
    The word ergonomics refers to the positions we assume while we sit, stand or lay down, and interior design can help us to assume healthy positions. A careful space layout can even invite people to move around and explore the space. Because — as they say — sitting is the new smoking.
  • Thermal comfort
    A space that is too hot or too cold can affect our mood and productivity. The definition of thermal comfort is very personal, but it is generally important to achieve it through appropriate temperature & air variations.
  • Acoustic comfort
    Ensuring the best possible acoustic comfort in a space goes all the way from avoiding unpleasant echoes to creating silent areas where needed — namely what biophilic design would call refuge areas
Credit: SuperLimão Studio. Photo by Escanhuela Photo.


Credit: Sergey Makhno

Interior design & nature

  • Interior design can influence our physical and mental wellbeing
  • Nature has evident positive effects on our health.
Credit: Marmol Radzine



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