this post is in collaboration with Habitat
Those of you who have been reading this blog for years, may very well remember my series called ‘Nature in the Home‘. It was all about creating a home which complimented inside and outside. Bringing in items of nature such as branches, seeds, fir cones, flowers etc inside and using them within an interior setting.
Little did I know back then, that there is an actual name for it – Biophilic Design. Translating to ‘love of nature’, biophilic design focuses on bringing outdoor elements indoors and offers an easy way to reconnect with natural materials, natural light and other experiences of the natural world in a modern environment. Transferring biophilic design into our living and working space can create a sanctuary of calmness and improve our overall health.
Yes to that!
To help even the most biophilic beginner, Habitat has produced an online destination for ways to introduce nature into your home, from decorating with natural materials, to green living room ideas and house plant inspiration.
Known for improving wellbeing and reducing stress, Biophilic Design allows you to create a sanctuary of calm in your own home through revitalising colours and materials stemming from the natural world.
Placing nature and natural materials in home environments has been shown to not only reduce stress, blood pressure and heart rates, but it can also improve our overall moods, making us feel happier, calmer and more relaxed. In short, Biophilia allows us to reconnect with the outside world and have a more positive outlook on life.
Recently we painted the dining room a soft sage green, and it utterly changed the way we feel in the space. Instantly soothing us, we all naturally want to be in there, where as before it felt like a bit of a corridor.
How to incorporate Biophilic Design in your home
- Use natural materials. Wood is the obvious choice. Stripped wood flooring, wooden furniture will add a sense of grounding to the room. Adding natural finishes such as wood, bamboo, rattan and stone to your home interior that reconnect with nature and that help create a space that promotes relaxation and calm.
- Let natural light flood in. Use light-weight fabrics in the summer months, and allow the light to shine. Natural light allows our circadian rhythms to work, absorbing natural light will relax us and allow us to sleep.
- Introduce house plants and greenery into your home – I think you can’t have too many.
- Think about layering green tones, natural elements and texture.
Our home has wooden floors throughout. No carpet anywhere. We made that decision when we bought our home, and never regretted it. Walking barefoot, it grounds me, earthed in every way. Wooden dining tables and chairs give an instant connection to nature. The solid oak Etta dining table and Oregon wooden dining chairs with the natural cord seat both are extremely comfortable and perfect for a family of four, the table seats six comfortably but can extend to eight for when friends and family come for dinner.
Bringing in greenery
Layer your plants and foliage. Here I have a large Calathea Orbifolia plant which absolutely loves sitting in the corner of our dining room. I bought it a year ago and it has doubled in size since then. Add simple foliage to a variety of wobbly ceramics. The more clay like and rustic the better. Here I have used the Dali triple bud vase and filled it with the reaching arched branches of Eucalyptus – not only beautiful to look at, but the scent is amazing too. Glass, earthenware are also great natural materials.
Layer natural linens, sheepskins and wool to give a natural, textural environment. Don’t use anything too heavy or ‘shiny’ – think natural, breathable fabrics.
I’m so onboard with Biophilic design, it seems instinctual to decorate this way.
Do you decorate with natural elements? What tips do you have in bringing nature indoors?
Collaboration Notes: This post was written in collaboration with Habitat. Of which I was gifted the dining set, vase and lampshade (not shown). All words, thoughts and images are my own. Thank you for supporting the posts that make this blog possible.