For many adopters of tiny living, a substantial part of the attraction is the access it provides to nature in all its glory. Being able to embrace green spaces and natural life couldn’t be more important; recent data shows that the average person spends over four hours per day on apps on their smartphone alone. Add in computer screen time for work or study and you have the recipe for unhealthy, unhappy people.
This is where tiny living really comes into its own, offering the freedom to get out for walks easily, or simply to marvel at the view from large windows or outdoor seating areas. By taking things one step further and really embracing biophilia as an interior design principle, you can give your physical and mental health a real boost. So what might this mean for a tiny home?
Building a biophilic home
Put simply, biophilia means a “love of living things”, which is a great place to start in terms of a design brief for more compact living. Think first about ways to bring the outside in with your architecture: imagine floor to ceiling windows giving you calming forest views, or skylights allowing you to stargaze cosily at night. Research has shown that even just glancing out at a green space for 40 seconds during a task can improve your accuracy and efficiency.
Next, think about some of your bigger fittings and fixtures; you might like to consider natural materials such as stone or solid wood for kitchen worktops, or a rainfall shower that echoes the sounds and feelings of being in nature. Of course, when celebrating nature in your design, think about clever ways to use reclaimed materials, and to recycle and reduce your household’s waste.
The finishing flourishes
Having designed the dream biophilic house, you can now add those touches which make it feel truly homely. An important aspect of interior design for tiny homes is to avoid overwhelming or cluttering the space unnecessarily.
Happily, biophilia sits really well with minimalism, which can be a really calming, smart way to organize a tiny home. Why not try hanging indoor plants from the ceiling, or arrange them on a floating shelf? For strong visual impact, you could allocate some floor space for a few large pots with tall plants that make their own style statement.
This means you can enjoy colour and texture along with health benefits such as improved air quality, reduced stress levels and lower anxiety.
By embracing biophilia in your home’s design, you can boost the benefits you’re already enjoying from tiny living. Not only do you have nature on your doorstep, but you can enjoy the scent and sight of greenery as soon as you step out of bed.
Working from home can be less of a burden if you’re surrounded by plants and textures that energise or de-stress you as required. Finally, whatever the weather, you will have your own green oasis to retreat into. Go big with biophilia and see your tiny home blossom.