Transform Schools with Biophilic Design

Boost wellbeing and performance in schools with biophilic design and Formica® Laminate

The use of biophilic design in the classroom has been shown to have remarkable benefits. Students have reported an improved sense of wellbeing, a reduction in stress levels, and even enhanced exam results thanks to their proximity to biophilic design.

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Unsurprisingly, designers of educational settings are now looking to incorporate biophilic elements wherever possible in their projects. They might do this by maximising natural light, bringing in plants and greenery, or introducing colours and textures inspired by the natural world.

“Biophilic design is definitely an increasing trend in the education sector,” says Nina Bailey, Formica Group’s European Design Lead. “Incorporating elements inspired by nature has been shown to have a huge influence on student outcomes. We have seen a significant rise in recent years in the use of organic textures and colours as designers try to create stimulating spaces that will encourage effective learning.”

Organic aesthetic for your education design

Even subtle nods to the natural world can have a profound impact on pupils’ educational experience, something which makes material selection for schools and universities all the more crucial.

The decor papers used to create our Natural and Black Recycled Kraft laminate decors – part of the RAW series from the new Formica® Patterns Collection – embrace an organic and earthy look thanks to recycled pulp and natural additives including waste from coffee bean roasting and coffee bean bags. The organic aesthetic of these laminate decors means they pair perfectly with a biophilic design scheme. 

The RAW series laminates are highly durable and resistant to stains, abrasions, and moisture. Their non-porous surface inhibits the growth of bacteria, making them the perfect partner for the practical challenges of educational settings.

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Biophilic colour palettes with Formica Laminate

Adopting a gentle colour palette is another way to bring biophilic design into an educational interior scheme. In the case of the Ernestine Nursery in Brussels, the primary colours of a traditional nursery setting have given way to softer tones of sage green and rose pink in Formica Laminate decors.  

“Bold colours can be overstimulating for children, so here the designers have created a calming sanctuary that reflects the tones found in nature,” says Nina Bailey.

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In summary, biophilic design has a vital role in students' learning experiences. By embracing biophilic design elements such as highly versatile Formica Laminate surfaces, schools can transform traditional learning environments into dynamic spaces that will nurture student development.

Explore Formica Group’s array of colours and textures to integrate biophilic design into your educational project, and order free laminate samples to see how they can help you craft a modern learning environment.

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