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Using Biophilic Design in Our Homes

Posted on January 28, 2022 in Decor Inspiration, Indoor & Tropical Plant Care

Written by West Coast Gardens

houseplants in bergs potter on a shelf

Create Space for Plants in Your Home with Biophilic Design

Creating an indoor space that we enjoy while relaxing, working or carrying on our daily lives is important for all of us. Biophilic design is all about integrating natural elements into your spaces, including your home and workspace, for positive impacts in your life.

Everyone has their own unique ideas about how to artfully decorate in a way that is aesthetically pleasing to them. Plants can be an important element in any home design, office, or place you spend a lot of your time. Because most people do not spend a lot of time outdoors, it’s more important than ever to bring nature inside to enjoy.

houseplants in bergs potter on a shelf
houseplants in bergs potter on a shelf
pilea plant on a stack of books

Not only do indoor plants off a bright spot of green and a natural tone, but they can help us in other ways as well. As living organisms, they have an effect on everything around them. This includes the air quality in your space and plants are well known for their air-cleansing properties.

[read about our top 7 houseplants for purifying your air over here]

If you already have display shelving in your home, why not add in your favourite plants as well? Mix it up by creating shelf arrangements that show off your favourite things alongside lush indoor plants. 

houseplants on a shelf

Mixing natural textures, forms and patterns can create interest, a sense of well-being, and a pleasing spot to enjoy when things get crazy. There are many studies that show plants can help reduce stress and we all need less of that in our lives. [Unsure where to place your plants for the best light or impact? Read our blog post on finding the right spot over here.]

aloe plant
birds nest fern and plumosa
indoor plants - african mask and zz plant

Choose pots that accent your plants and also match their surroundings. Natural elements can be very grounding and help you stay in the moment, promoting mindfulness throughout the day. Checking on your plant’s health, water level, and general happiness also has a positive effect by slowing us down and making us take a break.

A shelf full of plants is a willing audience to hear all of your problems, worries, and even listen as you sing along to your favourite songs. They won’t judge you or offer unsolicited advice, we promise! If you’re worried about the responsibility of looking after such a great companion, check out our blog post on low-maintenance plants that might be perfect for you.

Adding plants to your life can help with your overall well-being by reducing stress, helping you think clearer and even be more creative. We can’t always get out in nature — there isn’t always a mountain nearby to climb or a forest to hike through—so the best way to connect with the natural world is to bring a bit of it indoors with us. 

houseplants in bergs potter on a shelf