How To Give Your Living Room A Fresh New Look With Biophilic Design

How to give your living room a fresh new look with biophilic design

One of the key interior trends this year is biophilic design.  And with spring on the way, it’s the perfect time to give your living room a fresh new look. So why not add some elements of nature to your decor to bring the outside in?

More than just a visual makeover, biophilia has been shown to relieve stress and promote relaxation. Meaning not only will your living room look great, but give you a sense of wellbeing too.

Some of the elements of biophilic design you could introduce include:

  • Light
  • Air
  • Views of nature
  • Plants
  • Natural materials

Biophilic design - light and plants in the living room

Light enhances a space and makes it feel bigger. It’s also important for our wellbeing. Which is why it’s important to maximise natural light, especially if the room is small like this.

Instead of curtains, think about using blinds which keeps the window area open but can be pulled down when you need the privacy.

Biophilic design living room

This room really does connect with nature and bring the outside in. But even if you don’t have a great room opening like this, open doors and windows for fresh air whenever you can. The airflow prevents staleness and increased oxygen reduces will make you feel more energised.

Biophilic design - living room with window seat and views of nature

If your living room overlooks an outdoor space with views of nature, make it the focal point of your room. Let it act like a living picture. Arrange your room so you can sit and enjoy the view. A window seat is even better. A few cushions and a good book is all you need to create the perfect place to spend an afternoon.

Biophilic design: plants in the living room decorating a fireplace

One of the easiest ways to bring nature into your home is by adding some plants. They are a quick way to enliven a space, add decoration and improve the air quality in your home.

The addition of a few plants, together with the natural elements of wood and pine cones enliven this fireplace. What might have been a bland space, is now a striking room feature that has real zest.

Biophilic design living room with plants and a window seat

Or for real impact, try grouping several plant pots together.

Biophilic design - plants decorating the window of a living room

When the view outside your window isn’t that picturesque, you can use plants to create your own views of nature and brighten up the scene.

Alternatively, you could take the attention away from the window with pictures on the wall of nature, hanging planters or a vignette on the coffee table that includes natural elements.

Biophilic design - plant, wood and mirror wall feature in a living room

Or how about this inspired idea for a stunning plant feature? At first glance it looks like a room divider behind the sofa. But take a closer and you can see that between the wood panels are mirrors, which reflect the natural light, and make the room seem much bigger and brighter. This clever and beautiful design managed to encompass three biophilic elements all at once: light, natural materials and plants.

Will you be adding any biophilic design elements to your living room?

[Image credits: 1 – Elizabeth Heier | 2 – Bjurfors | 3 – Roomed – photography: Leonardo Finotti | 4 – Krads via archello | 5 – Purple Area | 6 – Elizabeth Heier via My Scandinavian Home | 7 – Mocha Casa | 8 – Triplex Arquitetura via Casa Casada ]


  1. I’ve always loved the natural and minimal design look, and these photos have gotten my creative juices flowing! I love the use of house plants in each room! I also love the green pillows on the ledge by the window! I can’t wait to work on redesigning my apartment like this, so thank you for these tips!