Last week I was lucky enough to be a guest of Hillarys at their new showroom in Bristol, and hear the wonderful Oliver Heath speak about biophilic design. It was a fascinating talk, and a collaboration that totally makes sense.
Hillarys have produced a new range this season called Zen, which captures soft fabrics, light textures and muted shades to bring a little bit of peace and calm to your home.
Creating a calm and inviting space is top of our priorities these days with the advent of mindfulness seeping from the way we live in general to our interiors. Hillarys had some great insight into interior trends and suggested that this line of styling our homes is going to be very popular this season.
Oliver Heath and Biophilic Design:
Oliver Heath is an industry recognised expert in the field of sustainable architectural and interior design. With strong media and presentation skills, he has presented television programmes since 1998 working for numerous channels including the BBC, ITV, Channel 4, Discovery Channel and Norway’s TV2, most recently for the BBC’s DIY SOS where his show was BAFTA nominated.
His company, Oliver Heath Design is a global expert on biophilic design and its benefits to health and wellbeing.
Biophilic Design uses human’s innate attraction to nature and natural processes to improve the many spaces we live and work in. Key aspects include improving natural light, improving views onto nature, incorporating natural materials, textures & patterns, ventilating spaces and creating restorative spaces.
It was a fascinating insight into this style of design, one where I’d not considered the scientific research and evidence that works behind the scenes. It had me thinking about how true this all really is, and how I shape my own interiors around colours and textures that I love from nature.
I’m a huge advocate of creating a space that really connects with you, helping you feel centred and at peace in your home. Whatever that looks like, whether it’s surrounding yourself with piles of books, a wealth of colour, or simple, minimal scandi style. Perhaps it’s something in between all that even, but do what you love, and do it because it makes you happy not because you think you should be doing it.
Do you use colours and textures from nature without really thinking about it? I think I do, and I hadn’t noticed. Blues and greens are evocative of oceans and parks, two things which make me very happy. Perhaps this is why I’m naturally drawn to these hues.
Hillarys Zen Range:
Hillarys have put together their new range, based on biophilic design and the impact of zen like style in interiors.
Colours are muted, calm and restful, whilst textures are light and airy. The designs themselves are quite simple, allowing them to sit comfortably in a minimal, peaceful decor no matter what style of home you have.
Soft, natural fabrics play a strong part in this range, making them soothing and very easy to live with. Even if you love to add a little colour to your interiors, the harmonious styling of Zen will still work at your windows, allowing other areas of the room to come into focus.
Some of the range does include natural colours and hues, creating texture through patterns, evocative of nature.
The colour palette works beautifully with natural materials, bringing out their warmth and character, allowing us to subliminally absorb nature and all its elements.
You can see more about Hillarys Zen range HERE, and get in touch to arrange your own window fitting with a Hillarys consultant.
Oliver Heath Design and more about biophilic design can be found here.
How do you feel about biophilic design? Does it play a part in the way you design your home?
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