It seems that in these modern times, people are always looking for that bit of calm that comes from nature. Combined with the sustainability craze, the natural environment has come to have even more importance in people’s lives. Despite the recent hype, the desire for people to be close to nature is not a new one. I recently attended a lecture on biophilia. Biophilia is humans’ innate need to connect to other living things, including Mother Earth. Due to this, natural elements have healing properties and that is why plant life the is one of the five key components of healing environments, such as health care facilities. The color green alone is proven to have healing abilities, and can relieve visual fatigue (think about bringing a small plant into your plant and see if your energy level increases.) With all that being said, designers are always trying to find ways to integrate the outdoors with the indoors, whether that be through incorporating plant life, using natural materials, or creating an artificial nature. The idea of artificial nature is something that is ironic, but something I like play with. Many product lines make furnishings that look like natural elements, but are made of artificial materials. When a client wants the feeling of luxury, I can still incorporate the organic forms that natural materials bring, while maintaining a glam feeling. Below are some earthy interiors, as well as some interesting products that can help you come back to nature, without ever leaving your home.
The relaxation of nature… almost
While still embellished, this space still has an earth vibe
Can’t commit to an entire space? Accessories are a great way to see how you feel about a look.
Tree stump tables – the do it yourself possiblities are endless
Artificial nature at its finest! Have a great rest of the week!