Bring the Outside in With Design

by | May 2024

Biophilic Home Design

Photos: Spacecrafting

Let’s bring the outdoors in. Biophilia describes humanity’s natural tendency to connect with nature and other living beings, and biophilic design is an approach to architecture and interior design that seeks to connect people more closely with the great outdoors. It incorporates elements of the natural world into built environments, such as plants, natural materials, sunlight and water features.

You might have seen biophilic design in places like cozy cabins Up North, with big windows looking out onto the forest or even in trendy Minneapolis apartments, filled with leafy green plants. But why do we do it? Well, it turns out being around nature is good for us! It helps us feel happier, more relaxed and even more productive.

How can you incorporate biophilic design into your own home? Start by bringing in some greenery. Whether it’s a potted plant on your windowsill or a vertical garden in your sunroom, adding plants can instantly breathe life into any space. Next, maximize natural light by opening up your blinds or installing skylights to let in the sunshine. And don’t forget about natural materials—opt for finishes and furniture or décor made from wood, stone or bamboo to add warmth and texture to your home. By integrating these elements into architectural and interior design, biophilic design aims to create environments that promote health, happiness and environmental sustainability.

Amy Leferink is the founder and principal designer for Interior Impressions, and Megan Koren is the marketing director for Interior Impressions. Find more at


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