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5 Creative Ways to Incorporate Biophilic Design using Decorative Hardware

May 06, 2024

5 Creative Ways to Incorporate Biophilic Design using Decorative Hardware

How does one integrate nature-inspired hardware into biophilic design?


In the interior design world, the concept of biophilic design has been gaining popularity for its ability to seamlessly merge the indoors with the natural world. The pandemic has changed our relationship with nature and incorporating nature indoors via clever interior design helps us foster a sense of tranquility. While elements like natural materials, abundant light, and indoor plants are commonly associated with biophilic design, we often overlook the role of decorative hardware. 

In this blog post, we'll explore how incorporating nature-inspired decorative hardware can enhance your biophilic design scheme.

  1.  Mimicking Natural Forms

When selecting decorative hardware for a home, look for pieces that mimic the organic shapes and forms found in nature. You may consider door handles adorned with leaf motifs, cabinet pulls reminiscent of pebbles or driftwood, or drawer knobs shaped like flowers or branches. By incorporating hardware inspired by the natural world, you can create a cohesive design scheme that reinforces the connection between your indoor space and the great outdoors.

The ICARUS front door pull is inspired from and boasts a captivating wing design. The shape emulates the beauty of nature's own creations. 

The Calypso front door pull is reminiscent of a seashell found on the Amalfi Coast. 

  1. Evoking a Sense of Texture

Texture is crucial in biophilic design, engaging our senses and evoking memories of natural environments. Our 4-foot main door handle, BARK, uses textures beautifully and would be a perfect addition to any high-end luxury villa. Similarly, when choosing decorative hardware, opt for pieces that offer tactile interest, such as hammered metal finishes, smooth ceramic surfaces, or intricately carved wood. We’ve noticed that offering details in the form of a tactile experience invites exploration and intrigue, besides adding visual appeal.


  1. Enhancing Visual Interest

Consider installing statement hardware pieces, such as oversized door handles or luxury cabinet pulls, to create a sense of drama and intrigue. These decorative accents can become conversation starters and add a sense of personality to your home albeit to enhance its connection to nature. Our Amoeba series of luxury cabinet pull draws inspiration from the irregular shapes found in nature to create forms that are awe-inducing and add visual interest to any space. 


  1. Reflecting Natural Materials

Another way to incorporate decorative hardware into your biophilic design is by selecting pieces that reflect the natural materials used throughout your space. For example, opt for hardware crafted from reclaimed wood, forged metal, or natural stone to complement the other elements in your home. By harmonizing the materials used in your hardware with those found in your furniture, flooring, and finishes, you can create a cohesive design scheme that celebrates the beauty of the natural world.

Glitters Hardware takes pride in crafting hardware made from 100% solid brass. You can opt for an unlaquered finish that naturally patinates over time in order to incorporate it in a biolphilic inspired home. 


  1. Creating a Unified Aesthetic

Ultimately, the key to incorporating decorative hardware into your biophilic design is to create a unified aesthetic that seamlessly blends the indoors with the outdoors. Whether you're renovating your entire home or simply updating a single room, we have realised the role that hardware plays in reinforcing your connection to nature. By selecting pieces that echo the beauty and tranquility of the natural world, you can create a home that nourishes the soul and inspires a deeper appreciation for the environment.    

In conclusion, decorative hardware is a vital yet often overlooked element of biophilic design, offering an opportunity to infuse your home with the beauty and serenity of the natural world. By selecting hardware that mimics natural forms, evokes texture, enhances visual interest, reflects natural materials, and creates a unified aesthetic, you can create a space that is both visually stunning and emotionally fulfilling.

So why not embrace the transformative power of nature and incorporate decorative hardware into your biophilic design scheme?