As wellness becomes more and more important to the guest experience, it makes sense that biophilia would become such a hot design trend in hospitality. Nature has a calming effect, so bringing that feeling of tranquility into your property is a perfect way to increase guest comfort.
Although many biophilic design elements can be costly, you don’t need extravagant features to tap into the power of nature.
Plants are one of the first things that come to mind with the mention of biophilia, but keeping live plants in your property can be expensive to maintain. While faux greenery is a cheaper alternative, they can come off looking just that – cheap and fake. Preserved plants, on the other hand, still offer the visual and psychological benefits of live plants, as they are still real without hoteliers having to worry about upkeep or sunlight.
Shrubs and flowers aren’t the only way to bring succulents into your hotel, though. High-resolution digital wallcoverings are an easy way to showcase the best of mother nature. Photos of foliage or flowers in a repeating pattern can make guests feel like nature is surrounding them.
Water is a popular element for properties looking to home in on biophilia. While water features like cascading waterfalls are no doubt impressive, such extravagant installations cost a pretty penny. Fortunately, there are plenty of opportunities for hotels to utilize water functions they already have and put a design spin on them to make them not only functional, but also aesthetically pleasing. For example, hotels can turn water drainage into a design feature by having the water flow down beautiful boulders and through a creek-like system until they reach a drain stationed out of sight rather than merely using hidden pipes.
Another cost-efficient way to bring water’s calming essence into your hotel is through sound and scent. Capitalize on all your guests’ senses with spring water or beachy smells and playing noises from natural water features such as babbling brooks through your sound system.
Color is one of the easiest ways to inspire a natural ambiance in your hotel’s design. Greens and blues are a popular color palette option to achieve this, but sand-inspired beiges or red and orange hues reminiscent of sunsets can also tap into the beautiful tones of mother nature in a less obvious way.
Playing with texture and pattern offers even more space for creativity in your material selections. Pleated fabric in blue tones can evoke water ripples while grainier textures in green colors will give your materials a mossy feel.
While fancy waterfalls and the like may be impressive, you don’t have to go all out in order to implement biophilia into your hotel. Innvision Hospitality and our in-house hotel design studio specialize in creating the right atmosphere for hotels without breaking the bank. Contact us today to see how you can use the beauty of nature in your hospitality design scheme!