In the world of flooring, nothing compares to the grace of natural materials: Hardwood, Stone Tile, Cork and Wool Carpet. They are sophisticated, yet they are earthy; they are highly sought-after, yet they are common.
Most would agree that they make a space feel more warm, inviting and even peaceful. The interesting thing, is that this isn’t just a feeling you get… it is a biological response. More and more evidence is surfacing that reveals the way in which Nature’s presence in human-made spaces positively affects the body and brain.
It is far reaching: “reducing stress, enhancing creativity and clarity of thought, improving well-being and expediting healing.” None of this is news per se, but it’s interesting that the welcoming feeling of a natural space is engrained in our biology and that it is measurable.
And it’s all the more interesting that there is a school of design called Biophilic Design based on this biological response. Its spokesperson Stephen Kellert and a large international group of architects, designers and urban planners have dedicated their efforts to building healthy and beautiful spaces inspired by and centered around, Nature.