Biophilic design

Invite the outside in

Biophilic design is about purposefully incorporating nature into our interior spaces, so we can connect with the outdoors. The benefits of biophilic design include increased creativity, reduced stress, quicker healing, improved mood and general well-being.

Woman holding flowers and sitting on the Osaka sofa in green Skagen fabric

You would think that biophilic design came as a response to our increased time in the home and reduced contact with nature. But this big home trend has been steadily growing for years. Biophilic design, which began in modern architecture, is about purposefully incorporating nature into our interior spaces, so we can connect to the outdoors.

The benefits include increased creativity, reduced stress, quicker healing, improved mood, and general wellbeing. And thankfully you don’t need to install a huge living wall or bi-fold garden doors to get the effect. Just a few simple considerations can make a world of difference.

Three key elements of biophilic design

Many associate the biophilic design trend with house plants, which are seeing a continued boom in interiors around the globe. But the benefits of biophilic design are also reaped from the use of natural light and nature-inspired tones.

Natural light

Natural daylight plays an important role in biophilic design. Be strategic with natural lighting sources and integrate mirrors and reflective surfaces to ensure a bright, well-ventilated space.

Indoor plants

Plants are one of the easiest ways to bring the outdoors in. From cactuses and spider plants to fiddle leaf fig trees and dried flowers, you can never have too many plants.

Nature-inspired tones

From the reds of the earth to the greens of a forest, integrating nature's colors into your interior design helps to create a connection with the natural world. Go wild!

Plants and dried florals

The 60s and 70s saw a boom in houseplants. Today, they’ve become an ever more popular way to add personality to your space (minus the lava lamp). For striking yet easy-to-keep varieties, try Fiddle Leaf Figs, Chinese Money Plants, Yuccas, Aloe, and Spider Plants.

An up-close look at the Rubble vase in black

Stimulate the senses

The biophilic design trend encourages the use of tactile fabrics to stimulate your senses. By choosing natural materials like wood, wool and cotton, you're guaranteed to feel more in touch with nature. We offer high quality fabics, leathers and tabletops, to ensure your modern organic furniture will last you a long time.

A collection of three Bermuda foot stools in a variety of fabrics and colors

Keep it light and airy

This might sound obvious, but simply keeping your room well-ventilated with fresh air can have a huge effect on mood and wellbeing. Make the best use of daylight. Try not to obstruct light by over accessorizing windowsills. And be strategic with mirrors and reflective surfaces, using them to spread rays to shadowy corners.

The round Tone mirror hanging on the wall with reflected plant
Modern living area inspired by nature, featuring the Salamanca sofa upholstered in brown Lazio fabric

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