Biophilic Design: Interior Architecture and Design Trends 2020

Oliver Heath Biophilic design

As we arrive into a new decade, Biophilic Design is already becoming widely discussed in Interior Architecture and Design trends 2020.

We are now reaching a deeper understanding when it comes to improving our surroundings and how this can benefit our health and wellbeing. Self-care was a hot topic for 2019 and in 2020 we predict that this trend will continue to grow, with a strong focus on using biophilic design to improve and structure our environment to shape our lives.

Sustainable Materials

Image of Biophilic Design in a home office

We are now more aware than ever about the materials we use in the buildings that shape our lives and the impact this has on the wider environment. New ways of reducing carbon associated with the products, materials and fixtures we specify is an aspect that will continue to influence the development of biophilic design in 2020.

Interface inspires businesses to incorporate more recycled materials making the act of buying and sourcing products we use part of a circular economy. Continuing their position at the forefront of sustainable design, Interface believes we need to move beyond sustainable thinking, into sustainable actions.

“We need more recycled content in our material stream, so we can continue to reduce the amount of virgin raw materials in our products. This will have a positive impact on embodied carbon emissions and the environment as a whole.”

“Incorporating bio-based and recycled content in products lowers the carbon footprint of a product and does more than simply divert waste materials from the landfill. By replacing virgin materials in their products, manufacturers can reduce energy consumption, greenhouse gas emissions and the extraction of finite resources from the Earth.” – Erin Meezan, Chief Sustainability Officer at Interface.

In 2020, Interface will continue to bring awareness to carbon consumption in businesses. One of their key messages is to “live zero and love carbon”, noting businesses should aim for zero negative impact on the environment and to “stop seeing carbon as the enemy, and start using it as a resource”.

Nature Experiences

Another thing we’ve noticed moving into 2020 in Interior Architecture and Design trends is a growing need for guided nature experiences. Where else could we draw our best inspiration for biophilic design?

The tail end of 2019 was all about reducing our consumption of ‘stuff’ – with the opposing hashtag #BuyNothingDay on Black Friday, as well as businesses promoting the gift of experiences for Christmas.

This has opened the doors to a wealth of “modern-day urban shamans” like, Isabella Tree, taking us on their journey of how we can reconnect with nature through the likes of forest bathing, foraging and tending to house plants.


Colour is another simple way you can draw from nature to create a more positive home environment. Dulux’s Colour of the Year 2020 was notably a nod to nature. Drawing inspiration from a ‘Tranquil Dawn’, the story behind the colour is all about ‘the nation’s mood on the approach of a new decade’ and how we feel about living in a world so technologically advanced we are starting to feel disconnected from one another.

Personal Wellness

We see that we are on the cusp of social change with attention consistently being brought back to personal wellness. The importance of adopting personal responsibility for the actions we take in our home will continue into 2020.

With the renewed drive to think about how the way we live impacts on the environment, it’s exciting to see that this also encompasses a more human-centered approach to how our buildings affect us.

Moving into a new decade we predict a need for accessible ways of bringing nature into our lives. We need our spaces to be not just ‘less bad’, but to be restorative; to help us to live better – to work, rest, play and connect.

With some new, exciting projects coming in 2020 we promise to give you access into these ideas and give you portable, adaptable and affordable ways to incorporate well-being and biophilia into your life.