We spend most of our time indoors, even though our instincts tell us to be outside. This is a problem. But, we see that being outside is essential across every aspect of our lives.
For example, in the hospitality industry, people are willing to wait longer and pay more for a room with a view. In education, students do better when they have outdoor stimulation. And in healthcare, patients feel better seeing nature from their room. This isn’t just important for corporate employees – every industry has workers who can benefit from being outside.
That’s why more and more businesses are creating outdoor spaces that are intentionally designed to attract people and retain employees. They’re using trends like blending indoor and outdoor spaces, using shade and glare control, offering different types of seating, and using durable, water-resistant materials to make these spaces even better. Designers do this every day, and it’s making a big difference.
We often spend most of our time indoors and don’t get enough natural light, which can harm our sleep patterns. To make up for it, we often use artificial light, which can further disrupt our natural sleep cycle.