The Calming Effects of Biophilic Design

There's a new interior design trend in town, and despite its scientific-sounding name, the premise is simple: Bring the outdoors in.

Biophilic design focuses on incorporating nature into home decor and architecture. Said to encourage a healthier, lower-stress living environment, this approach is based on biophilic theory, which says more naturally, holistically designed buildings can improve mental and physical well-being.

So how can you incorporate it into your upcoming home upgrades or renovations? Here's where to start:

1. Focus on adding natural light.Incorporating natural light is crucial to enjoying the benefits of biophilic design. Try adding skylights, clerestory windows or glass doors that open to your backyard or patio.

2. Add sweeping views of your surroundings. Bringing plants indoors is one option, but viewing the great outdoors can also help homeowners reap the benefits of biophilic theory. Find ways to enjoy expansive views of your natural surroundings from inside your home, ideally from a room where you spend lots of time.

3. Install water features. Fountains and ponds are key to biophilic design. According to biophilic theory, the sound, sight and even smell of running water is said to offer health benefits. 

4. Incorporate living or natural wall coverings. Living walls can be a great way to bring nature into your home in a sleek and sophisticated way. In rooms where living walls aren't possible, consider choosing natural materials like stone or refurbished wood.

5. Stimulate the senses. Integrate bright seasonal plants and use rough, tactile stone and wood for countertops and floors to help stimulate the senses. Consider positioning any greenery or water elements in breezeways, as this will help carry the stimuli throughout your home.

Want more biophilic design help? Check out this stunning glass house for inspiration and get in touch when you're ready for your biophilic design renovation. 

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