4 Biophilic Design Ideas to Invite Nature Indoors

4 Biophilic Design Ideas to Invite Nature Indoors

Biophilia, or the love of nature.

Biophilia, or the love of nature and humans' innate attraction to the outdoors, is the latest home design trend to elevate interiors and one’s state of mind. This trend can be seen from our favorite celebrity homes to massive urban office buildings. Not only does biophilic design invite a fresh and new perspective, but it benefits your general wellbeing. Mansion Global cites the 14 Patterns of Biophilic Design report by Terrapin Bright Green as proving that a connection with nature, "reduces stress, improves concentration, lowers blood pressure, increases productivity, improves moods, and makes people feel safer." For those who are looking to completely transform their home, here are four tips for embracing this restorative trend.

Natural Light

One of the cornerstones of the biophilia design trend is maximizing light exposure. The benefits of sunlight are immeasurable: natural light improves sleep, boosts Vitamin D, reduces health risks of fluorescent lighting, and wards off seasonal affective disorder. Rays from the sun warm up the home in a natural way, conserving the cost of heat and removing the need to constantly have the lights on—leaving you more productive, happier, healthier, and calmer.

This Aspen retreat features floor to ceiling windows.

When looking to let more light into your home, swap small windows for floor-to-ceiling installs, especially in areas that overlook forests or water for nature-filled views. If on the ground floor, consider a sliding glass door adjacent to outdoor living spaces for a seamless transition between indoor and outdoor living space.

If the bathroom feels closed off and dim, a skylight welcomes in the sun while preserving privacy. People that live in beachside and warm weather locations can benefit from installing a luxurious outdoor shower to feel even more connected to their surroundings.

This Naperville bathroom features a large skylight for natural light.

Look to Inspiring Colors

Using earthy color schemes can be subtle yet transformative. Biophilia suggests a genetic connection to the natural world built up through centuries of living in agrarian settings. Green-toned or sage-colored millwork creates a meditative space that mimics the calming effects of being outside. For less responsible plant owners, simply looking at the color green has been proven to make you feel at ease and according to Homes and Gardens, can improve both mental and physical health. To upgrade your kitchen this spring, opt for an emerald green backsplash or walls painted with Sherwin Williams' Color of the Year, "Evergreen Fog"—a versatile green-meets-gray hue. Interior designer Victoria Hagan says, "I love using impactful shades of green, whether it's a bold contrast of cabinetry in a butler's pantry or an entire chartreuse living room for a vibrant interior! It's a color that's simply stunning and can be used in so many ways."

Conventional Materials in Unconventional Ways

While plants might be the first item that comes to mind when integrating biophilic design, other natural elements such as stone and wood create a real impact when integrated into the home. Go beyond incorporating traditional wood furniture and stone countertops, and take a step further with walls and ceilings made from reclaimed wood and natural stone. Being physically surrounded by natural materials gives the impression of being encompassed by the outdoors from all angles, and creates a distinctive architectural element. Even subtle changes can provide natural inspiration, such as a rustic accent wall or a new fireplace. Large-scale use of materials from nature has a tangible impact on spaces while maintaining the integrity of the traditional architectural design.

Following Nature’s Natural Curvature

Organic shapes found within nature are forgiving. While modern architecture favors stark lines and severe angles, consider instead implementing soft curvature into your home through furniture or moldings; for example, add an arch over a doorway, or rethink transitions between rooms with a curved wall or bay window. Rarely do natural shapes involve a straight line, but slight curves can be found everywhere: ripples in a lake, a hill-riddled landscape, a tree branch all have movement. Arched entryways, spiral staircases, even small-scale hardware, and rounded handles contribute to an interior that embodies this design philosophy, reminiscent of the natural world.

Whether you plan to repurpose an existing space or completely redesign your home to embrace the biophilic design trend, Airoom will be there to guide you through every step of the way. A project with Airoom means getting the result you desire from people who have the expertise and resources to exceed your expectations. To begin your home renovation, contact Airoom today at or call at (847) 325 - 5843.

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