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What on Earth is Biophilic Interior Design?

Have you ever noticed how great you feel when you are outside walking along a trail, going for a hike, taking the dog for a walk, having a picnic at the park, or even just hanging out in the driveway talking to your neighbor? Studies have shown that spending time outdoors reduces stress, increases productivity, and improves your overall mood. Adding natural elements to your interior design also has proven benefits to health and well-being; this concept is known as Biophilia.

Biophilic Design is a set of principles that aim to improve our connection with nature as a way to reduce stress. It involves making the most of the natural elements, such as the feel of fresh air and the sound of water. It’s also about introducing natural materials, colors, textures, and patterns that evoke a feeling of nature, and remembering that our homes need to have spaces that energize, stimulate and connect us with each other, while being calming, relaxing and restorative.

During these unrepresented times our homes, now more than ever, are the most important spaces in our lives and have a huge impact on our health and happiness. Biophilic Design principles allow for a little more of natures magic to be present in our homes while improving our physical and mental well-being and putting us in a more relaxed, open and optimistic state of mind.

Now that We know what on Earth Biophilic Design is, let's go over some ways to bring it into your home!!!

5 easy ways to bring biophilic design into your home…

1. Make the most of available natural light by keeping your windows clear, clean and unobstructed by blinds and curtains.

Williams Sonoma Home


2. Add greenery in pots, trailing plants hanging from the ceiling and a herb garden on the kitchen windowsill.




3. Include natural colors and patterns – those that remind you of positive experiences you may have had in nature. Blues will be calming, greens invigorating, and yellows warming and social.

Eve Wilson

Standard Studio

4. Use natural wood grains to add texture on furniture, flooring or wall panels.

Umbra wall vessel

Not On The High Street


5. Make the most of sensory spaces such as bathrooms, with textural contrasts. For example with fluffy towels against cool tiles, plus gentle lighting and calming scents.

Becky Pines

Just looking at these images puts me in a better mood! Hopefully these tips will be useful for you too. Contact us if you have any questions or if you need any help on your next interior design project!

XOXO- Form & Function Style Team

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