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Biophilic Elements & Design

Biophilic design is the practice of creating physical spaces that are designed to support the human need for connection with nature.

Biophilia, the innate connection between humans and other living things - coined by Edward O. Wilson, is a concept that's been around for thousands of years. But it wasn't until recently that scientists began to discover just how much our homes can affect our wellbeing. Biophilic design is the practice of creating physical spaces that are designed to support human interaction with nature - whether it's through plants or even lighting that mimics outside natural light patterns.

Biophilic design promotes wellness and well-being in our lives

Biophilic design promotes well-being in our lives by connecting us with nature through physical spaces. The more we are exposed to natural elements, the better we feel and the more productive we become.

Research shows that biophilic environments can improve concentration, creativity and productivity. In fact, people are more productive when they are in a biophilic environment than they are in an uninspired one. In addition to increasing your productivity at work or school, biophilic design can reduce stress levels by providing you with opportunities for restorative experiences outside of your immediate environment (like taking a walk through nature). These restorative experiences help you feel happier both physically and emotionally!

Biophilic design can help you relax and reduce stress, which can lead to improved creativity and innovation. Researchers at Stanford University found that participants who were exposed to natural light were able to complete complex tasks faster than those who worked in an environment with artificial lights or no windows at all!

Studies have shown that biophilic design can increase productivity by up to 15%.

Benefits of biophilic design include:

  • Reduced stress and improved mood. In one study, participants who were placed in nature-like settings reported lower stress levels than those who were placed in urban environments. Their blood pressure was also lower after exposure to nature compared with before they were exposed to it.*

  • Increased creativity and innovation. A number of studies show that being exposed to the outdoors boosts creativity and problem solving skills.*

Biophilic Design Elements

& How to Incorporate Them

Natural Environments

Think earthy paint colors, natural light, and of course - plants!


Natural Shapes

Organic lines & forms that occur in nature



Natural plants, plant imagery or plant colors



Wood, stone, bamboo, cork, linen, rattan...


Why not Living Walls?

From simple to extravagant, there are options galore! For more live wall inspiration, head over to Etsy, Umbra, Horticus Living and Plants on Walls. If you like this look but don't want the upkeep, try artificial vertical gardens & living walls over at Designer Plants!


Biophilia is a growing trend in architecture and interior design, realizing that nature can be an important element in our lives. Biophilic design not only improves the aesthetics of your home but also your overall health. Whether it's swapping out window treatments to let more natural light fill your space or an entire live accent wall for a real wow factor, there are so many ways to achieve this esthetic!


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