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  1. How to make the most of views of nature

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    Visual Connection with Nature

    Views outdoors are one of the most obvious ways we can connect visually to nature. Not all homes have the luxury of outdoor space so we need to be more creative in creating spaces that nourish us.

    Photo by Qimono, Canva

    How can we make the most of our views of nature from our own homes? 

    The obvious way is to make the most of the views from our living space through our windows where we can see natural landscapes or green spaces. 

    Views of trees or other vegetation enforce our connection with nature and alert us to the changing seasons and weather patterns. Views outdoors also informs us of the time of day as we become accustomed to the day's rhythm.

    Here are a few simple ways to draw nature into our homes and help us make the most of our outdoor views.

    • Place interior furnishings so as not to obscure the view out of the window.

    • Turn chairs at angles, so when sitting, you can see outdoors.

    • Draw curtains and blinds back fully exposing as much of the view as possible.

    • Keep window ledges uncluttered.

    • There may be things you can reposition outdoors making your view from indoors more appealing.

    Other ways to connect your home with nature:

    • Potted plants are an easy and low-cost way to bring nature into your home and can also be useful for improving your home's indoor air quality. Ten house plant suggestions suggestions

    Photo by Inna Yatsun, Unsplash
    • Adding interest to your spaces by adding plants in macrame hangers works beautifully with trailing plants such as an indoor ivy, you can find a selection of trailing plants to choose from here along with care advice. Plants in hangers provide us with an indoor canopy of vegetation giving us a sense of refuge and a safe place.
    Photo by Mutzii, Unsplash 
    • Cut flowers placed around your home in vases brings life and vitality to spaces. Studies show that having flowers in our homes invigorates feelings of joy and aids wellbeing. 
    how flowers can bring vitality to you space
    Photo by Evie S, Unsplash 

    Ways to improve views into a garden or courtyard from inside your home:

    • Window ledge planters provide views of greenery from indoors, try planting with aromatic plants such as herbs or lavender providing lovely aromas to drift in through an open window. See how to make a windowsill herb planters here
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    • Consider putting up a trellis to hide a plain wall and planting with climbing plants in time you will have a lovely view of 'green'. 

    • If your budget allows you could green-up your urban spaces with living walls and planting green-roofs. This becoming more popular and we will begin see more of this type of planting as people become more familiar with the benefits of biophilic design.

    example of living walls - biophilic design

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    • Create planted courtyards with seating areas acting as transitional spaces from indoors through to outdoors.

    dpexcel, Pixabay

    Hopefully you will have some ideas of how you can enhance your homes connection to nature. Feel free to share your ideas in the comments below.


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  2. Creating Homes That Enrich Our Senses

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    How to create homes that positively enrich our senses.

    Our senses are highly adapted to the natural environment and have evolved to enable our species to survive, our unconscious mind still connects with Mother Nature today. Biophilic design is associated with our inherent love of nature and design experts are beginning to develop ways to connect our interior spaces with the natural world, helping to improve our well-being, productivity and creativity.

    We have discussed how we can make the most of our visual connection to nature in our homes, but to further enrich our experience we should consider engaging with all of our five senses.

    experiencing nature with the senses

    To better understand the non-visual connection, think about when you were last in nature and what sounds you heard, what aromas did you notice, did you taste Blackberrys or touch the surface of a tree? Engaging your senses deepens your connection within the environment. Adding some of these elements will provide more sensory-rich experiences in our home. 

    blackberry picking good for the soul
    Photo by Nine Köpfer on Unsplash


    Listening to the sounds of nature can physically help us to relax. The trees blowing in the wind, bird song, or the gentle flow of a stream can calm us. Replicating these sounds in our homes can have the same therapeutic benefits. To become aware of the sounds of nature, be still and listen. Opening windows you will hear the sounds of nature, you could hear the birds singing, the wind blowing in the trees, or the sound of rain.

     watching the rain

    Photo by Courtney Smith on Unsplash


    • Providing bird feeders can encourage birds into your garden and maybe they will serenade you.
    • Sound recordings of nature are available to download via apps and you could then listen to sounds of nature at your leisure.
    • You can purchase indoor water features to place on a table top or even install a built-in wall of water!
    • Wind chimes are a lovely way to bring in sounds as they gently sway with the rhythm of a breeze.

    wind chimes

    Photo by DynamicWang on Unsplash
    • We could also appreciate the sounds that our home makes, maybe a creaky wooden floorboard replicating sounds of woodland branches creaking in the wind.

    • Our pets familiar sounds, how we love to hear our cats purr or maybe our dog's tip-tapping feet on a bare wood floor makes us aware of other living things around us.


    Touch is a sense that is always present and under appreciated. Research has found how objects feel can influence how we interpret them. Consciously appreciating textures and surfaces around our home can stimulate our feelings. Touch is an inquiry of the mind through our fingers which can bring a sense of calm. Our sense of touch provides a wealth of information about the natural environment including temperature and humidity. 

    • Wooden surfaces can be very tactile and provide interest within our spaces.
    • The coolness of a smooth granite worktop. 

    • A variety of home textiles in natural fabrics such as warm comforting blankets to create cosy relaxed spaces. 

    • Flooring surfaces, bare wooden floors, rugs, carpets and ceramic tiles. Feeling with our bare feet helps to locate us. We know, for example we are in the kitchen or bathroom when we feel the coolness of tiled flooring.

    • Stroking our pets is widely understood to reduce stress levels. Therapy dogs visit health care centres and hospitals, we are comforted by their presence.   

    pets as therapy

    Photo by cottonbro Canva
    • Touch can affect our comfort levels and not just with our hands, think about how nice it is to relax on a comfy sofa or get into a comfy bed with freshly washed linen and how nice soft your towels feel against your skin. 

    Photo by Maddi Bazzocco on Unsplash


    Studies have shown that fragrances found in nature that are considered a high pleasantness, can have a profound effect on reducing the first signs of stress. Aromas can also evoke emotional responses linking to memories. Fragrances from the outdoors can be present when doors and windows are open, you may even smell the rain this is known as Petrichor.

    lavender oils for the home

    Photo by Mareefe 


    • Fragrant flowers in vases provide beautiful aromas in the home.
    • Natural potpourri using flowers and herbs. See how to make potpourri at Learning Herbs 

    make your own Potpourri

    Photo by Elly Fairytale
    • Rose or lavender sachets placed in draws or hung in a wardrobe, a lavender sachet under your pillow at night may even help you drift off to sleep. 

    • The aroma of freshly-baked bread or brewing coffee could evoke memories of nourishment and well-being.

    freshly baked bread

    Photo by RÅ«ta Celma on Unsplash
    • Cleaning your home with natural cleaning products from companies like Green Scents supplying environment-friendly naturally fragranced products.

    • Naturally fragranced candles made with beeswax.


    Growing your-own food offers a great way to connect your taste buds to nature! Vegetables seem to taste so much better when you have grown them or picked it yourself. Gardening is a mindful activity that lowers stress, provides exercise and healthy food at the same time! Studies have shown that soil produces a natural antidepressant that makes you relaxed and happier when inhaled or touched.

    home grown vegetables

    Photo by Skitterphoto 
    • Herb garden on a windowsill

    kitchen windowsill herb garden

    Photo by Harry Grout on Unsplash
    • Living salads, you can get these from the supermarket providing you with lovely fresh salad leaves.

    • Indoor pots of herbs, chilies, peppers or small growing varieties of tomato plants.

    • Growing strawberries indoors I love this idea! See how here at the Balcony Garden Web. I have got to try this!! 

    • Picking wild blackberries or blueberries when in season used in your recipes, just divine! 

    bleck berries foraging

    Photo by Jamal Yahya
    • Foraging for food has increased in popularity our ancestors would have done this. To engage with this we need to be careful about what to pick. Always seek advice from a foraging expert. 

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    Clemens G. Avery 2018, Forward to English edition, Marc Bekof 2018, Biophilia Effect 2018, pg 29's,makes%20you%20relaxed%20and%20happier.
    Article cover photo by Tsunami Green on Unsplash
  3. Diffused Light for Bedrooms and Restorative Spaces

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    Of all of the biophilic features natural light has the most impact on our wellbeing. In nature we seek sunlight with the balance of shade. Bright sunlight provides us with illumination and clarity as the sun rises and sets it provides us with a golden glow. We need to experience the full spectrum of the day this how our natural selves keep in balance and our rhythms are subtlety aware of the changing light this is how we keep our circadian rhythms in balance.

    The best lighting for a bedroom or a restorative space is diffused and indirect light like the light that is emitted by the rising and setting sun, we can illuminate these spaces with warm tones and elements that nature provides us with so beautifully. By identifying the visual characteristics of natural light we can begin to recreate this within our spaces by making the most of, or mimicking natural light.


    As the sun rises, it creates a flare of soft diffused light for a few moments bringing with it an awareness of a fresh new day full of possibilities. Through the first morning mists, there are soft shadows of bluey greens and warm greys with beams of mellow warm golden tones. Guided by the principals of indirect and diffused light, the mood of sunrise can be achieved in the following ways.

    Using shear light-diffusing fabrics to the windows can replicate the softness of first light throughout the day. To create a calm, restorative space diffused light can be mimicked by the use of lamps with low illuminance and warm colour temperature of 2000 measured by the Kelvin chart.


    Use light sources that filter, diffuse and illuminate. Organic shape cutouts on a lampshade create a cosy restorative corner.


    A warm, soft coloured bulb mounted on a wall emulates natural pools of light that we see in nature.


    Naturalistic silhouettes cast shadows using a decorative window film or house plants in the windowsill will cast interesting shadows by dappling light onto the surrounding surfaces, indicative of a restorative space and inspiring playfulness.



    Mirrors and surfaces with a sheen will reflect light as a source of indirect and diffused lighting.


    The use of a sunrise lamp aids the circadian rhythm. Circadian lighting is designed to mimic the progression of the day, realigning our biorhythms and used therapeutically to enhance our sense of wellbeing and mood.


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