Need help finding the tiles you're looking for? Call our online support: 0800 014 2994

How to Use Biophilic Design in the Bathroom

This is a guest blog by Stacey Sheppard from The Design Sheppard.

Over the past few years, we have seen a rise in the trend for bringing nature into our homes. From the colours, to the materials and textures that we are choosing right through to the simple act of bringing more plants and greenery into our homes, nature is growing in popularity.

This is really no surprise. As human beings we have an innate need to connect with nature and it has been proven that spending more time in nature has a very positive effect on our mental health and wellbeing. 

The act of bringing nature into the built environment even has a name. Biophilic design comes from the Greek words ‘Bios’ meaning life and ‘Philia’ meaning love. So biophilia literally means a love of life or living things. Bringing nature into the home creates restorative and recuperative spaces that are designed for the senses. 

Blue bathroom with plants

Oliver Heath is an architectural and interior designer and a specialist in biophilic design. In his recent white paper for bathroom brand Geberit, he says: “The once humble bathroom is increasingly becoming the key to delivering richer multisensory experiences – elemental experiences that will benefit you no matter where you are.”

Our fast-paced, always-on society has led to an increased awareness of the benefits of relaxation and self-care and nowhere is better suited to the job that the bathroom. Creating a space designed for well-being can be made infinitely easier when taking the principles of biophilic design into account.

The main considerations here are materials, textures, colours and patterns. Let’s take a look at these in turn:


Materials


Natural and sustainable materials are what you are looking for here. Think wood, cork, bamboo, terracotta, rattan, linen and cotton for the accessories that you may bring in. Many of these are perfect for the bathroom as they are water resistant and can easily withstand the damp and humid atmosphere of the bathroom.

Plants with wood tiles in the bathroom

You can easily warm up the space and bring in even more depth by opting for ceramic or porcelain tiles that mimic natural materials like wood, such as the Aspenwood tiles from CTD

There are a lot of innovative new materials on the market now which not only meet the criteria for biophilic design but also have great eco- and sustainability credentials. Woodio, for example, is an award-winning Finnish design brand that has created a range of 100% waterproof wood composite sanitaryware. The material is made from real wood chips from locally sourced aspen and resin-based adhesives and has a lesser carbon footprint than traditional ceramic products and it can be burned at the end of its lifecycle. 

Washbasin from Woodio




Texture


Incorporating natural materials will add texture to the bathroom automatically but you can add even more texture by choosing shower screens that feature fluted glass, storage solutions or planters that are perhaps ribbed, or wall tiles that have a 3D effect like the Buxy Antracita Hexagon Tiles from CTD. Tactile textures provide a more haptic experience and create a much more sensory space. 

Textured dark bathroom tiles


Plants


Plants can also be used to bring texture into the bathroom. Choose plants that do well in a moist environment. If you lack surface space for plants, you can easily hang them from the ceiling in hanging planters made from cork or seagrass. If real plants are your nemesis, faux plants provide many of the same benefits.

Plants in the bathroom


Colours


When it comes to choosing colours for the bathroom, the overwhelming inclination is to opt for white. Connotations of hygiene and cleanliness make white the obvious choice. However, brilliant white, that we often associate with bathrooms, is the only colour that does not appear in nature. Coloured sanitaryware is becoming much more popular and widely available now and we may well see a return of the avocado suite.

Green herringbone bathroom tiles

If this is too adventurous for you, opt for coloured wall tiles instead, like the Poitiers Green Gloss tiles from CTD, or paint the walls. Earthy, muted colour palettes that take inspiration from the natural environment are what you should be looking for. Think forest greens, sage greens, moss greens, pebble, sand, stone or other shades that are grounding and feel safe and cocooning.


Pattern


The final aspect I want to talk about today is pattern. Straight lines and right angles very rarely appear in nature and it has been proven that as humans, we have a visual preference for organic and biomorphic forms and patterns. When used correctly these patterns create a more visually preferred environment that helps to reduce stress.

Things to consider incorporating include decorative elements inspired by trees, bones, wings and seashells and patterns based on leaves, flowers, and animal skins. Many living things are based on numerical sequences such as the Fibonacci Series and the Golden Mean, so look for patterns based on these sequences for maximum effect. 


GET THE LOOK


Biophilic bathroom moodboard

Water Hyacinth Basket, www.basaltdune.co.uk
Rattan Bathroom Bin, Rustic White, www.rebeccaudall.com
Sicily Bathroom Caddy, www.limelace.co.uk
Bamboo Dish, www.earthbits.com
Curved Bamboo Ladder, www.roseandgrey.co.uk
Bamboo Plant - Large, www.sweetpeaandwillow.com
Como Latte Towel Set Organic Cotton, www.thefinecottoncompany.com
Large Rectangular Rattan Tissue Box Cover, Natural, www.rebeccaudall.com
Artificial Hanging Fern Plant With Jute Rope, 85 cm, www.homescapesonline.com
Arc Planter - Mint Green, www.pegandboard.com
NEW: Forest Emulsion Paint 2.5ltr, www.woodchipandmagnolia.co.uk

Biophilic bathrooms

Fab Hab Panama Outdoor Rug in Green, www.cuckooland.com
By Boo Sonnet Bamboo Shelving Unit, www.cuckooland.com
Artificial Bamboo Tree, George at Asda
Bamboo Bath Tray, George at Asda
Vitra Cork Stool, www.nest.co.uk
Poitiers Green Gloss Tile, www.ctdtiles.co.uk
Aspenwood Beige Tile, www.ctdtiles.co.uk
Natural Bamboo and Rattan Vase, www.tkmaxx.com
Rectangular Bamboo Stand Mirror, www.wilko.com

Related Products

Dyroy Aqua Tile - 200x65mm

Dyroy Aqua Tile - 200x65mm

Code: B0044068
£0.65 each
£49.99 per m2
£24.67 per box
Aspenwood Beige Wood Effect tile top down image in modern bathroom settingAspenwood Beige Tile - 1200x200mm

Aspenwood Beige Tile - 1200x200mm

Code: B0039927
£9.61 each
£39.99 per m2
£38.45 per box
Poitiers Rose Pink Gloss Tile - 300x75mm

Poitiers Rose Pink Gloss Tile - 300x75mm

Code: B0041776
£1.12 each
£49.99 per m2
£24.74 per box
Poitiers Green Gloss Tile - 300x75mm

Poitiers Green Gloss Tile - 300x75mm

Code: B0044240
£1.12 each
£49.99 per m2
£24.74 per box
Contrasti Tappeto Ottanio Tile- 200x200x10mmContrasti Tappeto Ottanio  Tile- 200x200x10mm

Contrasti Tappeto Ottanio Tile- 200x200x10mm

Code: B0044047
£2.00 each
£49.99 per m2
£47.99 per box
Contrasti Ottanio Tile - 200x200x10mmContrasti Ottanio Tile - 200x200x10mm

Contrasti Ottanio Tile - 200x200x10mm

Code: B0044046
£2.00 each
£49.99 per m2
£47.99 per box
View & Buy
Moulden 2 Beige Matt Tile - 1200x200mm

Moulden 2 Beige Matt Tile - 1200x200mm

Code: B0042727
£10.79 each
£44.99 per m2
£43.15 per box
View & Buy

Bathroom Tiles Inspiration and Ideas Inspiration

All the tips, guides and advice you need for tiling in the bathroom!

Latest Articles

Top 5 Real Customer Bathrooms

Each one is unique, embracing everything from timeless design to the latest interior trends and we’d love to share with you a few of our favourites!

11 Clever Small Bathroom Decor Ideas

Small bathrooms are tricky to tackle. Whether it’s a compact cloakroom under the stairs or a tiny ensuite shower room, small bathrooms don’t have to compromise on style or functionality in order to work. 

How to Plan and Design a Bathroom

Planning and designing a new bathroom can feel like quite a daunting task to embark on. From the practical considerations to the aesthetic aspects, there’s a lot to consider to make sure you get it right.



back to top