Biophilic design is a 2023 design trend that’s growing, literally. The term comes from the word biophilia, which means a love of nature and all living things. More than just a home decor fad, biophilia is a design philosophy that promotes overall well being, making it a natural choice for your bedroom.
What is biophilic interior design?
If you consider yourself a plant parent, you’ve got the idea. A kind of plant frenzy sprouted after the covid-19 pandemic confined many of us to our homes, and it has only continued to grow.
At its core, biophilia is an architectural and interior design concept that’s all about integrating nature into the built environment—like our homes and offices. Stephen Kellert, a professor of social ecology at Yale, developed the biophilic design concept in the 2000s to “fill the human need for nature.” His framework for using biophilia in interior architecture included both direct experiences like bringing plants into your space, and indirect ones such as introducing images or ideas of nature into interior design.
What are the benefits of biophilic design?
Studies show that increasing our connection with nature can have positive effects on mental health and wellbeing, including:
- Increased productivity
- Improved mental health
- Cleaner air
- Reduced stress levels
- Growth in creativity
For a fresh design trend with staying power that also boosts your health, learn how to incorporate biophilic design into your bedroom by using some or all of these 10 ideas.
1. Start With Plants and Fresh Flowers
The easiest way to introduce the idea of biophilic design into your space is to literally bring nature inside with plants and flowers. If you’re not sure how best to arrange them in your home, these indoor plant decor ideas will help.
Don’t have a green thumb? That’s okay! Faux plants can give you the same aesthetic.
2. Introduce Nature and Plant Life with Botanical Images
Hanging landscape paintings or botanical artwork in your bedroom is a good start, but don’t stop there! Find nature-inspired prints on rugs, decorative throws, and pillows too. Layer the look by learning how to mix and match throw pillows like a pro.
3. Warm Up With Earth Tones
Earth tones are a beautiful way to bring biophilic elements into your bedroom. Look for colors found in nature like blues, greens, browns, and rich desert hues. This bedroom’s turmeric yellow art, ochre sheets, and pops of navy blue and eggplant purple are a great example.
4. Use Natural Materials
Add visual complexity to your bedroom with natural materials. Use wood furniture and mix in different natural materials for textural drama. Note the jute rug, bamboo and rattan furniture, marble-topped side tables, and textured ceramic vases in this tropical biophilic bedroom.
If this look gives you a boho vibe, you’re on to something! Bohemian and biophilic designs are a beautiful pairing. Learn how to create your own dream boho bedroom and then incorporate these biophilic design elements.
5. Invite in Natural Light
Natural, layered lighting creates a serene effect. While large windows and skylights are ideal, multiple light sources can give you the same look. Use a combination of coordinating table, floor, and overhead lamps. Consider a nightlight for a soft evening glow.
6. Embrace Organic Patterns
Nature is full of patterns like honeycombs, wood grain, and flowers. Bring some into your space with your duvet cover, wallpaper, or throw pillows. Multiple patterns increase the biophilic vibes!
7. Mix It Up With Mismatched Furniture
Nature is full of unique forms, and no exact replicas—like snowflakes. Bring this organic feel to your bedroom by skipping matching sets and opting for a more eclectic approach. It’s easier than you think—mismatched nightstands or different table lamps work beautifully here.
8. Carve Out a Cozy Nook
Create a personal oasis with an alcove, nook, or a cozy corner that offers a sense of comfort in the bedroom or any room in your home. While it might not seem biophilic, variations in our physical spaces mimic the diversity found in nature.
9. Add Natural Objects and Artifacts
For a quick way to introduce biophilic design without the plant life commitment, display objects found in nature. Showcase a collection of stones or crystals, coral pieces, beach finds, or anything that catches your eye and is found in the natural world.
10. Dip into Oceanic Decor
Biophilia isn’t just about the plants and flowers found on land. Dive in and introduce water-themed decor like this fish lamp and blue wallpaper. Or, add a fountain so you get the look and the added benefit of the sound of a bubbling brook.
Ultimately, a biophilic bedroom should be a personal oasis where you can truly relax and recharge. To get the look, simply add natural elements that work with your life and personal style.
Want more bedroom decorating ideas?
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