Biointeriorism: principles for creating a healthy home
You’ve probably heard of the term “Biointeriorism”, but don’t quite know what it’s all about. Or maybe you have never heard of this term. Whatever the case may be, from Decommunity we will answer your questions.
Nuestro hogar es ese refugio que nos espera después de un largo y duro día de trabajo. En él nos apartamos del estrés, las preocupaciones y de todo aquello que, de una manera u otra, perturba nuestro bienestar.
Enjoying a healthy, functional and designer home is nowadays within everyone’s reach, since today’s technology and materials allow us to combine design, sustainability and health.
This union translates into a healthy home and a kinder relationship with the environment.
Therefore, in recent times, in the field of interior design, a new trend is emerging that aims to bring us that tranquility and balance we need as soon as we cross the door of our house.
What is biointeriorism? What is it? We tell you about it.
Biointeriorism: the interior decoration trend
Biointeriorism is a type of design focused on the health of the inhabitants of a home. It may sound quaint to some, but when you think about it, we spend many hours inside our homes constantly breathing the same environment.
If we really think about the amount of objects around us that have harmful components for us, such as synthetic fabrics that are not at all beneficial to our health, biointeriorism may not be so outlandish.
Biointerior design brings many aspects related to energy efficiency, improvement of indoor environmental quality, the use of alternative energies and a selection of bio materials, which makes an apartment as sustainable as possible.
This new concept of interior design, therefore, achieves design spaces for people who take care of themselves and the environment. It is the harmonious union of three components: architecture, nature and human beings.
What should bio-interior design look like in a home?
To create a bio-interior space, it is advisable to surround yourself with natural fabrics for greater well-being, such as, for example, wool, silk, hemp, cotton or linen.
If you have PVC shower curtains, it is time to remove them. For furniture, it is advisable to opt for natural materials that have not been treated. One of the best alternatives is natural wood. Aesthetically it is very pleasant and it is also resistant, warm and durable.
For the finish of the floors or walls, you have natural alternatives, such as 100% natural ecological paint or wood itself. In the same way you can make use of natural stone or clay for certain finishes of your home.
In biointeriorism, lighting that is as similar as possible to natural light is used, taking into account that they do not emit too much electric field or toxic waste and that they are effective.
It’s important to pay attention to the materials with which we interact daily in our home and begin to consider whether it is worth continuing to have them or bet on other more environmentally friendly materials.
If you want to apply this new interior design trend in your home you have to take into account 5 aspects. What are they? Read on and we will explain them to you.
General principles of biointerior design
– Environmental. It has to have the least possible impact on the environment and reduce as much as possible the ecological footprint of the project.
– Energetic. It is important that biointerior design incorporates energy saving and efficiency techniques.
– Economic. Regardless of whether it is a renovation or an interior design, it must have an affordable and competitive price.
– Indoor environmental health. It is essential to work with toxic-free materials, to avoid as much as possible the electromagnetic fields that can be generated inside a house and to apply bioconstruction techniques.
What is Bioconstruction?
Bioconstruction was born in Germany in the early 70’s as a response to the intoxications that were being produced by the finishes used in the construction of houses and playgrounds.
The products used produced poisonings due to the volatile toxins they gave off. This problem reached such an extent that a specific department of justice was opened for the environmental health of buildings.
Biointeriorists in the world
In Spain we have María Pía. Her interior decoration and design projects studio is located in Zaragoza, and is considered one of the pioneer studios in biointerior design.
She develops projects throughout the peninsula of biopassive houses and healthy interior architecture in housing, global design of business facilities, acoustic conditioning of listening rooms and landscaping.
To learn more about Maria and biointeriorism visit her Instagram account @BioInteriors.
In Italy, specifically in Milan we can find Isabella Goldmann. She has a project management, sustainable design and production process company.
It provides support to the growth and development process of companies, offering structured analysis and design solutions.
The company has an excellent and established relationship with INBAR, the Italian National Institute of Bioarchitecture, and many professionals affiliated with it.
Another interior designer, Pía Capdevila, created her own studio in Barcelona in 2007. She works to create spaces with personality and elegance.
But, a few months ago she participated in the interior design of a house built with passivhaus criteria (designs where heating and cooling needs are reduced by 75%, and the rest of the energy can be easily covered with renewable energies).
Bioarchitecture and biointerior design has been carried out by her, resulting in a house made with toxic-free materials and zero energy consumption.
If you want to take a look at biointeriorism Instagram accounts, we advise you @Burel Factory, a Portuguese company dedicated to biointeriorism.
Being an interior designer is a job that combines art, technique and creativity. But to be a biointerior design designer is to do it always respecting the environment, taking into account architecture, nature and human beings.
If you want to see more interior designs that respect the environment, follow @design_interior_homes. And if you want to expand your knowledge about sustainable architecture, don’t miss Mediterranean Revival Architecture, where you can learn more about passivhaus. Knowledge doesn’t take up space!