What Is Biophilia and Why Your Home Office Needs More Of It

Working from home has a lot of great benefits, but it can also become a bit stale. If this sounds familiar, take a page from an emerging trend in architecture and design to add new energy to your home office and literally make yourself more productive.

What Is Biophilia?

Biophilia is the propensity of humans to want to be in and connected to nature, in some way. Architects have taken this concept into biophilic design, creating spaces that incorporate natural elements; like the natural daylight and natural finishes that are so popular in modern offices today.

It Looks Cool But Is That It?

While biophilic design looks modern and sleek, there are real reasons for incorporating it into the spaces that we work and live. Studies have shown for decades that incorporating natural elements into a building can have a positive impact on an occupant’s well-being; reducing stress, and improving productivity. How much productivity? One study found measures of well-being rose 13% and workers were 8% more productive when biophilic design was incorporated into working environments.

I’m In. How Do I Get Started?

Think you want to give your home office a biophilic boost? Here are a few quick ways to get started.

  1. Move your primary working spaces near a window. Studies show that working in natural daylight will help you sleep better, give you more energy, make you happier and improve your overall well-being.

  2. Get some plants. Greenery can improve your productivity by 15% or more. Not a green thumb? Succulents are an ideal home office plant and a great way to bring nature into your workspace without the constant attention. Air plants are on trend right now, but do require a bit more spritzing in order to keep them lush and providing you with biophilic benefits.

  3. Get a View. Studies show that looking at nature will reduce your stress. But if you can’t move your working space near a window or sliding door, don’t fret! Psychologists have found that simply looking at a picture of nature will have a similar impact on your stress levels. So bring nature’s serenity to your office with a poster and by updating your computer’s wallpaper.

Just because you work from home doesn’t mean you don’t need the same boosts and care architects give to big modern office spaces. Take these tips and build on them to make your home office an oasis of productivity.

By Andrew Patricio

April 17, 2017