Have you ever felt a deep connection to the natural world? Almost like a pull or innate need to connect with the flora and fauna around you? If so, you are experiencing biophilia. This idea was first explored by Edward O. Wilson in his 1984 book of the same name. One of the best ways to embrace biophilia is to incorporate it into your home. Long before Wilson's book, both the Arts and Crafts movement and Art Nouveau used the idea of bringing the outdoors inside as a way to connect with nature. Additionally, city planners often embrace nature by creating beautiful parks and green zones. It is essential to have healthy, relaxing home environments to help us rejuvenate, to enhance creativity and focus, speed up healing, and create general feelings of wellness.
Here are five practical ways to incorporate biophilia into your home.
1. Visually Connect With Nature
A simple glance out the window at your garden or a community park is a proven way to lift your mood. Think of a few ways you can maximize your views; it may be as simple as opening your curtains and blinds throughout the day. Even if your view is less than spectacular, natural light can be beneficial, so consider incorporating live plants to bring the outdoors in. As a bonus, they have amazing restorative powers and will remove pollutants from the air. Use our handy infographic to help you choose the best air purifying plants for your home!
2. Make It Aromatic
Quick tip: Make your own fragrances by adding a few drops of essential oils to a spray bottle filled with filtered water, then spray as needed.
3. Play Soothing Sounds
Noise pollution is proven to have a negative impact on our well-being, although the constant din that surrounds us in our homes often goes unnoticed. However, it can almost have a numbing effect. That's why creating soothing sounds is vital to your inner calm and harmony. The sound of water has fantastic restorative benefits and is easy to implement at home, which is why you should consider a water feature, a fish tank with an air pump, or even just recorded waves or river sounds.
4.Incorporate Natural Materials
Paying attention to the tactile nature of the human experience is a great way to incorporate biophilia into your home. Consider adding wood with live-edge elements, logs or unfinished wood furniture.
Natural stone or clay are also wonderful materials that are available in a variety of colors. Terracotta, porcelain and glazed ceramics are great for adding style, and are also functional and durable finishes. If you want something softer, consider sisal and coir carpets, natural linen in drapery and upholstery, and woolen throw pillows and blankets.
5. Satisfy Your Taste Buds
Rich tastes and fresh foods are a great way to connect your taste buds to nature. Too often we reach for the convenience of fast food and prepackaged microwaved meals. For both the visual effect of natural plants in your home and fresh food in your meals, consider growing salad and herbs in your kitchen. As an added bonus, getting your hands in the soil is such a basic instinct that you won’t be able to go back once you’ve started!
Stay tuned to the blog for more helpful tips and tricks to help you create a natural and healthy home environment!