Using natural materials like wood, stone and beautiful plants, biophilia is the design trend that brings the outside in. And it doesn’t just look good. According to scientists at Harvard, getting back to nature reduces stress and promotes good health.

Country and modern

Mix up your rustic, natural wood with house plants

Mix up your rustic, natural wood with house plants and mid-century classics. This room literally brings the outdoors in with collected pine cones and a slice of tree trunk fresh from the lumber yard. Nature even features in the painting, and in the natural fibers of the blue and white striped rug.

Ideas for hanging plants

Mix up plants to get that jungle look
Mix up plants to get that jungle look

We love this – hanging plants in a square. It doesn’t have to be a square. It could be a circle or a triangle or whatever your space dictates. Mix up the plants to get that real old jungle look and arrange with beautiful lighting so people take notice.

Biophilia meets classic retro

Team macramé with natural fabrics

This is the original hippie biophilia of another age with macramé hanging baskets, cane blinds, wicker wear, and basket weave. You can team it with natural fabrics like wool and cotton and add a splash of color with cushions or rugs.

In or out?

This shady back yard is a beautiful space. But, if you live in a colder part of the country, bring those plants into a light white room to create the same effect.

Make your own table

This neat little corner table is really easy to make. You just need to find a slice of a tree trunk. That is literally the hardest part unless you live in the country near a lumber yard. Order the legs from Etsy.com.

Biophilia design inspiration

Pendent and driftwood lighting
Three pendants slung round a stick of driftwood

This interior is kept simple with clean lines and plenty of natural wood, which contrasts with the vintage dining chairs. What we really love is the lighting – three pendants slung round a stick of driftwood! Cool huh?

Houseplants in a small space

Natural tones and materials work well

Natural tones and materials work so well in this bedroom, we love the ladder is a super cute way to bring houseplants into a small space.

The rule of threes

The neutral tones give this room a natural feel

The neutral tones, wooden floors, and furniture already give this room a natural feel, but we love the way the plants are arranged. Notice the three levels? This is the rule of threes, so in a room that’s top, middle and bottom. Simple right? But so easy to forget. Make the most of shelves, tabletops and the floor as well as hanging baskets to lead the eye around the room.

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