5 ways to bring the outside in this winter

A morning stroll through the forest, a peaceful wakeup beside a sparkling lake, a relaxing day at the spa. All of these experiences have something in common: they conjure up a profound sense of calm and well-being. They give us permission to put our feet up. Why’s that? It’s all about the soothing effect of being in nature.

By introducing natural elements into our living spaces, biophilic design transforms the areas in which we work and play into oases of peace and vitality. Reduced stress, increased concentration, and improved mood are just a few of its many benefits. 

So – where do you start?

1. Lighting

Nothing beats natural light! If it seems like everyone’s constantly raving about it, that’s because it has an outsized impact on our well-being at home. It gives us energy and boosts our mood.

Make a habit of opening the curtains every morning and install sheer window treatments. Don’t get a lot of sun? Avoid overhead lighting in favour of lamps, which offer a softer, warmer glow.

2. Landscaping

Simply looking at nature – even through a window – can improve our well-being. No idyllic landscapes or trees nearby? No problem.

Add plants to your decor. Put up photos or paintings of natural elements. Choose floral patterns for your curtains, wallpaper, rugs, or bedding.

3. Fractal patterns

A fractal is a type of geometric pattern that can be found throughout the natural world. Think of the branches on a tree or the repetitive shapes on a fern leaf. These hypnotic patterns stimulate alpha wave activity in our brains, which creates a sense of relaxation and well-being.

Adding plants with geometric structures – like certain succulents and ferns – to your decor is one great example. You can even hang prints that mimic fractal patterns.

4. Textures and materials

Here’s a quick and easy way to bring the outside in! Listen to nature sounds, light a nature-inspired candle, boil herbs, or diffuse floral essential oils.

That’s everything you need to create a relaxing atmosphere at home and feel closer to nature.

5. Sounds and smells

Here’s a quick and easy way to bring the outside in! Listen to nature sounds, light a nature-inspired candle, boil herbs, or diffuse floral essential oils.

That’s everything you need to create a relaxing atmosphere at home and feel closer to nature.

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