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Bringing the Outdoors In Through Biophilic Design

Biophilic design is an approach to interior design that aims to connect people more closely with nature by bringing key elements from the outdoors into the home. This has been shown to improve our physical and mental well-being as well as increase productivity and creativity levels. With us being well and truly into Autumn and the colder weather approaching, we will likely be spending more time indoors. This is therefore the perfect time to consider bringing more nature into the home, and we have put together 5 ways in which you can do this:

1 | Maximise Natural Light and Views to Nature

Increase natural light in the home though large windows, skylights and doors with glass sections. If you are unable to change windows or doors, you can still position furniture to take advantage of your views, increase natural light and minimize the need for artificial lighting during the day. If you have window furnishings that block views of your outdoors, like shutters, you may prefer to add curtains or blinds that can create unobstructed views through the windows instead.

Bathroom renovation featuring a freestanding bath in front of a large window

2 | Integrate Indoor Plants

Bring the benefits of nature indoors by incorporating a variety of indoor plants throughout the home. Choose plants that thrive in indoor environments - pay attention to their water needs (particularly if you find it hard to keep plants alive) and also their light needs when deciding where to place them. Plants not only improve the air quality but can become part of the decor of the home.

3 | Use Natural Materials

Selecting natural materials such as timbers, rattan, stone and linen fabrics will add warmth, texture, and a sense of connection to the natural world. Layering different natural textures is a fantastic way to add interest to any space. Consider selecting furniture and decor in shapes and textures inspired by nature to create a cohesive biophilic design.

Custom kitchen renovation featuring Polytec Notaio Walnut cabinetry, marble look benchtops and a green kit kat tile

4 | Embrace Natural Colours and Patterns

Similar to the point above, you can select colours and patterns that are usually found in nature to create a greater connection to the outdoors. Consider using earthy tones like greens, browns and blues, as well as leaf motifs and floral prints. These can be added in furniture, window furnishings, artwork, wall paint, wallpaper, cabinetry and tiles.

5 | Create an Indoor Outdoor Space

If you have an alfresco or outdoor decking, design this space so that it can become part of the living area. We recommend to add large operable doors between the inside and outside, and design the outdoor space to be comfortable to use all year round. This can be done by adding a heater and clear blinds that block the wind and weather without obscuring views.

I hope these ideas have been helpful! If you want to find out more about how we can help you with your project, get in contact with us below:

Have a wonderful week!

Nina xx

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