Clare Topham Interior Design provides a range of interior design and build project management services, in homes across Sussex and West London. Clare has a wealth of experience and is a member of the British Institute of Interior Design. She believes that every home is unique because every family is unique and that her clients deserve beautiful designs that are both comfortable and practical; to be enjoyed for years to come.
A Biophilic Design Mews House, Brighton
Tucked away in a leafy mews in central Brighton, this house was the perfect canvas for Biophilic design. The open plan kitchen and family room of this property is on the first floor and gets loads of light. Trees surround the house, which gives you a feeling of being up amongst the canopies. My clients and I felt that it would be great to bring this feeling right through the interior design scheme. With this objective in mind, I transformed the interior of this mews house using Biophilic design.
“Biophilic design” is a concept used within interior designs to increase the feeling of connectivity to the natural environment, through using natural materials and forms. It is a design aesthetic that not only looks great, but is also good for your wellbeing. Equally, Biophilic design is good for the environment, using sustainable materials and living plants.
CREATING a Natural Biophilic Design
To achieve the biophilic design within this house, I used lots of natural materials. This involved using wood, rattan, concrete and leather, and playing around with mixing these elements together. I paid particular attention to the wood tones, introducing an undertone from the existing wood banisters to the floor finish. To complement the existing wood colour I introduced an accent of red to the scheme. The colour scheme is prominently calming and includes a gentle green wall colour and a distinctive organic wallpaper from Sanderson – Fern Valley. Lastly, plenty of plants brings the room to life!
Adding the Final Touches
My clients love to travel and are often away for work, so when they are home they spend lots of time in the house, cooking and socialising. It is therefore important to them that the space reflects their travels and is very sociable. The kilm rug and accessories add a touch of their sociable personalities, whilst a break out seating area is perfect for a pre-dinner drink! The fabulous drinks trolley from Rocket St George was the perfect final addition. Although the kitchen isn’t large, we also managed to incorporate a small central island with a seating area so that guest could keep the chef company. With this in mind, we also incorporated a second sink in the island.
Biophilic design is a fantastic way to keep your home looking fresh, and create a sense of wellbeing within your personal space. For Biophilic design or general interior design enquires from Clare, check out her contact details on her expert page.