What is Biophilic Design? 9 Tips on how to integrate Nature into your Home.

We were thrilled to find out about the principles of biophilic interior design.

We would like to share a few simple tips about how to make your interior closer to nature.

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Light, Air and Water.

1. The beneficial effects of Natural Light

Let the sunshine enter your home by removing any object or curtains potentially blocking the view or natural sunlight. If building a new house, think of the windows as a frame that opens onto a landscape. You can also change your light bulbs to circadian models, which can significantly improve your sleep and morning energy.

2. How to get Fresh Air into your home

The goal is to live or sleep with your windows open when the climate and air quality are favorable. This will not only let some fresh air get into your home but you will also be more connected to the sound of birds, wind or even rain and probably end up in a better mood!


3. A Water Fountain

If you are one of these people who dream of the soothing sound of a stream of water, why not install an indoor water fountain? This will surely be an original and stylish addition to your decor while providing a calm acoustic background.

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4. Introduce Plants in the home

Plants are not just nice to look at, they are also natural air purifiers. This can be particularly beneficial if you live in an urban area with no view on green areas. 

Taking care of your house plants also has a calming effect and don’t worry if you are not particularly skilled at gardening! Many cacti and succulents are very easy to look after! 

5. Grow Herbs or small greens in your Kitchen

You can also grow a mini garden of herbs on your kitchen counter or windowsill. 

This will not only provide natural aesthetics but also some healthy ingredients for your daily cooking. 

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Use Nature as Inspiration for Colour, Materials and Shapes.

6. Use natural materials in the home

It is important to be mindful about the materials that compose our home and try to avoid as many synthetics as possible. Today there is a large variety of natural materials you can choose from for flouring, wall paneling, kitchen worktops and of course for your essential furniture! 

Linen, jute, wool, bamboo, cork, sustainable timber, stone and rattan are some of the options available. These materials ensure a toxin-free interior and a minimum environmental impact.

7. Privilege shapes found in nature

Straight lines and right angles are not shapes that we find in nature but they are in all our houses. To contrast this, you can choose furniture that recalls what you see in nature and in particular curves. 

You can also find beauty in natural imperfection as taught by the Japanese concept of wabi-sabi. Choosing organic or handcrafted objects will help contrast the perfect lines of industrially-made objects.

8. Colours found in nature

Green is one of the most relaxing colours and calming shades such as sage green can help clear your mind. Neutral tones in general can provide you with a calming effect as it may provide a steady, quiet, and soothing atmosphere. 

That said, vibrant colours are also found in nature and they are also likely to boost your energy. Use them as accent colours if you are afraid to go too bold!

9. Art that represents or recalls nature

Even just a representation of nature can have a beneficial effect on your mood. When choosing decoration for your walls, try to go for paintings, photos or illustrations that remind you of a beautiful moment spent in nature. 

Whether it is a forest, birds, a tuscan landscape or your favourite flower. Living pictures are also a nice and original way to add plants to your home.

girl taking a selfie with house plants
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