Just mentioning Southwest Florida invokes visions of green palm leaves studding vibrant blues skies, waves lapping over onto white powder sands, and orange and pink lit skies just as the sun sets over the Gulf of Mexico. With such stunning backdrops it seems almost obligatory that our interior designs highlight the God-given art outside our windows.
Biophilia is design focused on emphasizing our relationship with nature. Translated to “Love of life,” biophilia is a perfect descriptor for the Naples lifestyle and design style. With a culture intently engaged with technology and industry, it is obvious why we yearn for nature in our constructed environments. Elements of the nature including wood, stone, daylight and plant life, all bring essentials of biophilia into living spaces.
Naples’ coastal lifestyle pairs naturally with the idea of biophilic design. Our affinity for the waterfront lifestyle is often accentuated by large window walls scaling floor-to-ceiling. The natural light these walls afford, as well as the water views and beautiful fauna, is often complimented by wood flooring and a palette that embraces the blue and green hues of the outdoors.
As homebuyers turn to floor plans that offer open concept entertaining space that seamlessly open to expansive lanais and balconies, the concept of uniting indoor and outdoor living is not a foreign concept for our area. We thrive in and by our natural elements. Biophilic design encourages creativity, productivity and overall well-being by connecting us with nature.
An appreciation for palms waving in a balmy beach breeze and the sound of the Gulf brings people to Southwest Florida. There’s a love of the life we live here – or could we just say it’s biophilia?