Have you ever heard the term “biophilia”? Behind this word lies the ancestral connection of human beings with nature and their need to surround themselves with living beings, whether other animals or plants. Our innate affinity to all living things was engraved in our genes from our very beginnings as a species, whose survival depended closely on our adaptation to the environment and our practical appreciation of plants and animals.
That connection has reached our days, despite the fact that our progress as a society leads us to live more and more distant from nature, forming large cities in which the presence of nature is quite limited, to the point that many of the afflictions of this century (especially at mental level) are directly related to this lack of closeness to the natural world.Even so, the need to relate to nature is still there, a call that we hear more strongly every day despite the fact that our hectic pace of life leads us to ignore it, but don’t worry, because there are things we can do to connect a little more with nature and return to the harmony that we have gradually lost.
Where do we start? To enhance biophilia in our home the first step is the same as always: surrounding ourselves with the company of plants. Certainly not everyone has a large garden where they can go out to relax, sunbathe and breathe fresh air, but any home can accommodate plants and flowers both indoors and on our terraces. Their presence not only relaxes us, but their perfume also has a relaxing effect on our minds, invoking that ancestral connection that is tattooed on our DNA.
You can even go a step further and design your space around the plants, making them the main feature of the environment instead of just a decorative element. In this way, any space will be perceived as more natural and relaxing, helping to eliminate our stress and anxiety. We give you two tips to keep in mind when designing your home or workplace using plants as the main element.
1- Choosing the right plants.
The colour, smell and many other characteristics cause each type of plant to provoke different emotions in us, so it’ s important to choose those that are in harmony with the mood and atmosphere we want to achieve in our home or office. The range of possibilities is so wide that we recommend you visit our garden centre directly to see, touch and smell our enormous variety of plants and flowers, choosing those that you best connect with through your sight, touch and smell.
2- Take into account the dimensions of your space.
Choose small plants for small spaces, incorporating perhaps only one large plant in a strategic place, giving it importance. Larger spaces give us more room to incorporate plants with large green leaves, combining them with flowers that incorporate points of colour. Remember also that you can use the height of the space, opting for hanging plants or vertical gardens, a decorative trend due to their use of space and their spectacular result.
The largest selection of plants and flowers on the Costa del Sol awaits you at Agrojardín, where you will find the perfect plant to decorate your home and connect it more with nature. Pure biophilia in our garden centre!