Biophilic Design Part 2: The Power of Light
In our last blog, we discussed a new topic with an unusual name: biophilic design. The term comes from biophilia, which refers to the human propensity to commune with nature. While biophilic design is not an entirely new trend per se, recent advances in smart technology have enabled exciting new possibilities in bringing more of the outside into homes.
Last month, we discussed three ways of using technology to bring in a bit of nature indoors with smart automation, virtual windows, and smart air purification. This month, we’ll discuss two more: tunable white lighting and virtual skylights. Keep reading to see how smart lighting control and virtual technology can make your California Bay Area home a more “zen” retreat.
Using Smart Technology to Bring Nature into the Home
Are you familiar with the term biophilia? Despite the ominous name that may make you think it’s a disease, it’s an innate human tendency. Defined, it means the tendency of humans to want to connect with nature based on many thousands of years of evolution.
In northern California, we have many opportunities to interact with nature, given our mild climate and abundance of natural beauty. But the reality is that our hyper-busy modern lives have us spending as much as 90% of our time indoors. Biophilic design is a relatively recent trend aiming to design living spaces that bring the outside in. In other words, if we are forced to spend time indoors, we can at least continue to satisfy part of our innate desire to commune with nature. As a result, home designs, especially in the Bay Area, are including more indoor/outdoor spaces, large windows, atriums, and other elements that help connect natural features to the indoors.
One of the most exciting new trends in biophilic design is the use of smart technology to bring a more natural and healthier lifestyle to home interiors. In this blog, we’ll touch on three of the latest ways homes are being equipped for improved wellness.
Keep reading to learn more!