Whether you feel like you’re in the middle of a winter that won’t end or the upcoming Earth Day holiday has you thinking spring, if you’re anything like us you are ready to liven up your indoor style…literally! You may have heard the term “biophilia” in the past, which means “bringing the outdoors in” and this is the perfect time of year to do just that! Not only is biophilic design a great way to add color to your space, but behavioral studies have shown that having plants in your home or workspace can actually reduce stress, improve your memory and boost your overall mood. Why is this? Think about how much time you spend tied to your desk at work or looking at a screen. Getting back to nature, even in small doses, is refreshing and motivating!
True biophilic design calls for carrying biophilic elements all throughout a space, not just one room, so look for ways you can incorporate these elements into different rooms of your home.
Biophilic design can be as easy as it sounds, as you can start with spreading house plants throughout your space. Even if you aren’t known as the “green thumb” among your friends, you can still incorporate biophilic design into your home décor. Visit your local gardening or hardware store and look for plants like aloe, succulents, snake plants, or philodendron – each of which are relatively low maintenance. You can also make use of plants as artwork or focal points of a room, or if you’re feeling really ambitious, you could even go so far as to create a “living wall” or indoor garden in your home.
Natural Shapes and Forms
Another aspect of biophilia is incorporating natural shapes or forms into your décor, like a floral print or rustic, live-edge furniture. As long as it makes you feel connected to nature or triggers an emotional attachment to nature, it’s considered biophilic.
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Consider Your Color Scheme
This may sound self-explanatory, but incorporating natural color tones into your home will evoke a sense of nature. You could use a palette of earth tones, dawn or sunset tones, or blues that remind you of water, and so forth.
Inspired by Nature
One way that many homeowners incorporate biophilic design into their homes, most likely without even realizing it, is through their floors! However, many homeowners simply cannot afford natural hardwood or tile floors, or their busy routines just aren’t compatible with the upkeep required for natural flooring. However, we make it our mission at Karndean to create floors that inspire a connection with nature. We scour the world in search of intriguing and expressive natural forms to influence our unique floor designs. It’s not too good to be true, you can have a beautiful floor that allows you to feel connected to nature and fits your busy lifestyle!
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