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The benefits of nature inspired design

"What is the use of a house if you haven't got a tolerable planet to put it on?." - Henry David Thoreau

There’s a lot of literature on the benefits of being out in nature. Studies have shown that just digging in soil can trigger the release of serotonin and dopamine in the body, which has positive effects on our mental and physical wellbeing. But how does bringing nature into our homes work, and what does it mean for your health? Is there really any science behind it the benefits of nature inspired design?

Why Choose Nature Inspired Design?

Bringing the outdoors in is such a game-changer for your wellbeing. Research has consistently shown that connecting with nature— even in small ways —can have a significant impact on our mental and physical health. From reducing stress and anxiety to boosting creativity and productivity, nature has its own magical little way of rejuvenating our spirits and lifting our moods.


Our Tips for Incorporating Nature-Inspired Design into Your Home

At the heart of nature inspired design is a concept known as biophilic design. This approach goes beyond merely adding a few plants to your home. Biophilic design seeks to integrate nature into the built environment in a way that is seamless and holistic. It emphasises natural light, ventilation, and materials, creating spaces that foster a connection to the natural world. So after reading scientific papers on the benefits of nature inspired design we thought we would share some of our tips on the easiest way to start benefiting from having nature in your home.

The Benefits of Houseplants

Adding houseplants to your space is one of the easiest and most effective ways to bring nature indoors. Not only do plants purify the air and boost oxygen levels, but they also add a pop of colour and life to any room. Even NASA agrees—here’s just one study  that supports the idea. Start with low-maintenance varieties like pothos or snake plants if you’re new to plant parenting. 

Aside from the health benefits of bringing plants into the house, there is also the aesthetic pleasure of the pots you house them in. Plant pots are an easy way to add a splash of colour, texture, or design that helps to support your room's theme. 

Natural Light Both Day and Night!

Natural light is a powerful mood booster, so make the most of it by maximising the natural light in your home. Keep curtains and blinds open during the day, and consider adding mirrors to help bounce light around smaller spaces. 

Use candles to produce natural light in the evening and help to create a sense of peace and tranquillity in your home. Check out our marble candle holders for an elegant choice to hold your tapered candles.  Made from natural stone, they have an authentic earthy feel that works with most room aesthetics.

Using Natural Materials

From wood and stone to bamboo and rattan, incorporating natural materials into your decor adds warmth and texture to your space. Think wooden furniture, stone countertops, or even a woven jute rug to bring a touch of the outdoors inside. We are constantly looking for new ways to use natural materials to bring unique designs to your home. We particularly love the timeless combination of wood and marble, for the perfect mix of luxury and organic charm.

The Beauty of Earth Tones

When it comes to colour palettes, think earthy and organic. Shades of green, brown, beige, and terracotta can help create a calming and grounded atmosphere that echoes the beauty of the natural world. There are multiple studies outlining the health benefits of certain colours, for example this one from the American Psychological Association on the colour green.

Bring in Natural Elements

Get creative with your decor by incorporating natural elements like shells, feathers, driftwood or dried flowers. These little touches of nature can add personality and character to your space while reminding you of the great outdoors. 

The Wellness Benefits Summarised

Stress Relief:

Studies have shown that simply being in the presence of plants can help reduce stress levels and promote relaxation. Who knew a little greenery could pack such a powerful punch?

Boosted Mood:

Surrounding yourself with natural elements can increase feelings of happiness and contentment. It’s like having a mini nature retreat right in your own home.

Improved Air Quality: 

Plants not only look pretty, but they also act as natural air purifiers, filtering out toxins and pollutants and releasing fresh oxygen into the air. Breathe easy, my friend!

Enhanced Creativity :

Nature has a way of sparking our creativity and inspiring new ideas. By bringing elements of the outdoors into your home, you’re creating a space that’s conducive to thinking outside the box and tapping into your creative potential.

Final Thoughts

So there you have it—your crash course in nature-inspired design for a wellness boost! Whether you’re a seasoned plant parent or just dipping your toes into the world of natural decor, incorporating natural elements of the outdoors into your home is scientifically sure to bring a smile to your face.

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