Reconnecting With Nature Using Wood in Interior Projects

In today's fast-paced and highly connected urban environment, people are increasingly realizing the vital importance of nature in improving both our physical and emotional health. This awareness directly impacts the quality of the spaces where people reside. Discussions and studies on topics such as neuroarchitecture and biophilia are becoming more prominent in the field of modern architecture and interior design. These discussions prompt us to think critically about the deliberate and mindful selection of design elements that shape our shared living environments.

In this scenario, the use of materials such as wood, whether in residential, commercial, or corporate environments, has shown positive effects on how we feel and experience the spaces by eliciting a connection with the natural environment, reconfiguring the way we perceive our living and working spaces and how we are affected by them. By incorporating wooden elements, we can create places of greater tranquility that allow us to disconnect from the stress and busyness of urban life.

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Wood can work wonders in different forms, whether in solid floors for added warmth, elegant furniture pieces, or decorative elements like moldings and panels. Its versatility shines through with various tones, shapes, and patterns, making it a valuable choice for architects and designers. It seamlessly complements a wide array of decor styles and uses, all while maintaining its timeless and refined appeal.

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Apartamento Lavandisca / Luiz Paulo Andrade Arquitetos © Pedro Ocanhas

Wood offers more than just visual appeal. It brings a host of additional advantages. Its acoustic properties absorb sound, making spaces quieter and better suited for concentration. Moreover, its color, texture, and aroma evoke a natural ambiance that promotes relaxation and revitalization. Research also indicates that having wood in indoor spaces is linked to lower stress and anxiety levels, as it instills a sense of calm and tranquility, leading to a more balanced state of mind and improved overall well-being.

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AK Residence / Rodrigo Latorre Arquitetura © Favaro Jr.

These positive effects have led to an increasing use of wood in both residential and corporate environments, and its versatility also facilitates its integration into these projects. Floors, furniture, coatings, ceilings, and window frames are possible applications of the material in interiors. In residences, wood can transform a space into a home, creating comfortable and cozy environments that calm and relax residents. In work environments, this more empathetic atmosphere can boost the well-being and focus of employees, improving their satisfaction and productivity.

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Chez Nous Office / Atelier du Pont © Fred Delangle

Thus, whether to conceive a cozy refuge at home or a more welcoming work environment, wood is an ally in interior design projects. By thoughtfully integrating it, we can design spaces that are not just visually pleasing but also enhance mental health, well-being, and a sense of peace. These spaces have the power to connect us with nature and foster self-awareness.

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Cite: Belitardo, Adele. "Reconnecting With Nature Using Wood in Interior Projects" [Reconectar com a natureza: usando madeira em projetos de interiores] 10 Oct 2023. ArchDaily. (Trans. Simões, Diogo) Accessed . <> ISSN 0719-8884

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