Biophilic Interior Design – Bringing the Outdoors Inside
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Are you someone who loves the outdoors and wants to improve your mental and physical health from the comfort of your home? Well, you may be interested in learning about biophilic interior design trends which focus on bringing the outdoors inside. Using nature as inspiration for your home’s interior creates a bond with the outdoors.

Completed in 1938, Fallingwater (the Kaufmann residence) designed by American architect Frank Lloyd Wright is probably one of the best-known examples of biophilic design, as the outdoor and indoor spaces appear to meld together seamlessly, creating plenty of green space for the residents to enjoy.


Frank Lloyd Wright, Fallingwater, steps to stream (Edgar J. Kaufmann House), Bear Run, Pennsylvania

There are many benefits of Biophilic Interior Design. Studies have shown there’s a positive biological response that happens when we encounter nature – lower blood pressure, depression, and anxiety. We can experience an increase in the ability to focus and recover from stress. In an article for Dwell magazine, biophilia expert Bill Browning said, “Even looking at an image of nature for 40 seconds will switch the way your brain processes information. The prefrontal cortex quiets down as you expend less energy, and after you’ve had that view, you’ll be less stressed, and you’ll have better cognitive capacity.”

Creating Nature into Your Space

When incorporating this design into your home, think about how to create a more natural environment. This will focus on features such as nature sounds, natural light, earthy color hues, plants, images of natural landscapes, animals, artwork, wallpaper, and decorative accent pieces.


The sounds we perceive are called the soundscape, just like outdoor greenery is called the landscape, and indoor plants are used to create a plantscape. Bringing nature into your space can simply begin with sounds. Imitating nature sounds such as trickling water, ocean waves, wind blowing in the trees, or chirping birds. Try which is a free website with many different soundscape options. You might consider finding a space for a waterfall sculpture.


Create connections with nature using photographs or pieces of art. Maximize access to natural light by opening curtains or moving furniture for better outdoor views. Introduce indoor plants and living walls. Use natural materials such as wood and stone. Create spaces that evoke natural patterns, textures, and colors.


We need changes in light intensity and color. Natural light is very important for our wellbeing. It wards off seasonal depression, improves sleep and circadian rhythm, and boosts vitamin D. The biophilic design trend emphasizes natural light and space. Letting natural light flow into your home can help to merge the indoors and the outdoors with elements of warmth, shadows, and various shapes.


Plants are a very important aspect of biophilic designs. You don’t have to turn your home into a complete jungle, a few live plants grouped together as a small habitat or build a custom planter in a windowsill. You could also try growing an indoor herb garden. An indoor living wall or vertical garden design is an impressive focal point for any living area and a perfect way to fill your home with plants without taking up floor or counter space.

Final Thoughts

Biophilic Interior Design is a very positive trend which helps to improve your overall health along with the aesthetic appearance of your home. By incorporating natural elements throughout your home, you can feel closer to nature and truly bring the outdoors inside.