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Need to know: the rise of 'Biophilia'

There’s no better designer than Mother Nature
   Hannah Caton  |  written on: 14-08-2019 14:30pm

For a while now it’s been growing slowly. As people are becoming increasingly eco-conscious and the benefits of being near nature are being discovered. Natural materials, as well as patterns inspired by nature, are on the rise: enter ‘biophilia’.  It’s the style of interior design that’s sweeping to popularity. Of course, ‘nature’ is a pretty big bracket. But looking specifically at the more realistic muted tones you’d find in dense foliage; we’ve found a collection of the most recent biophilic releases.

Starting with the fundamentals, paint. As per usual, Benjamin Moore has some great choices. We particularly like the Aura Soft Fern and Matt Guacamole shades. Farrow and Ball also have some great natural green shades; namely Green Ball and Lichen.

[Image: Benjamin Moore, Guacamole and Soft Fern]

Natural style goes hand-in-hand with rustic chic, as the Loom & Last Linen throw and Jute Natural Runner Rug demonstrate perfectly. Incorporating biophilic items into your pre-existing rustic or country-type design themes will therefore not only be easy, but will compliment it perfectly.

[Image: Loom & Last Linen throw]

For kookier touches, there are items that have been designed with natural shapes in mind. The Arteriors Pismo Pendant ceiling lamp is abstract but clearly inspired by nature’s form; the undulant barrel shape reminds us of anything from sea urchins to the Pacific barrel cactuses of the desert. Materials make a big impact too, and in this case the hand-woven natural raffia sits on a metal frame.

[Image: Pismo Pendant - Arteriors]

On the other hand, if you prefer to keep more conservative furnishings with just a twist of botanical style: a stunning combination can be made when pairing calmer items like the Neptune Suffolk dining table in Cactus, with patterned seating like the Long island dining chair in Emma Sage pictured here. The light bluey green tones blend together perfectly to create a sense of fresh air and natural environments.

[Image: Neptune Suffolk dining table in Cactus, Long island dining chair in Emma Sage]

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Hannah Caton

Hannah is the online writer for KBBArk, providing the latest scoop on all things interior. She's always on the lookout for the latest trends and most beautiful re-designs.