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Celebrate Earth Day with Biophilic Design Tips For Every Budget

Earth Day was April 22nd, but how can you improve your interiors? It is well-documented that the average person spends 90% of their time indoors, both at home and work. So let's discover ways to celebrate Earth Day every day, by incorporating natural elements into our spaces even on a budget.

Live plants on ladder

 Plants are a great way to bring nature into any space. Live plants provide added benefits by nurturing them as they filter your air. If that sounds like too much work, high quality artificial options will bring a smile to your face. Wishing you could have a living wall in your home, but don't have the space? Layer plants with a floor pot, table top or shelf and hanging baskets.

Wood slates filtering sunlight

Natural sunlight feels great on your skin. Protect yourself from glare with UV window shades or sheers for soft filtered light that won't hurt your eyes. No windows in sight, add a desk lamp to mimic the warm glow of natural day light. Light therapy lamps are especially useful as the days get shorter.      

birds and boats at sunset

Sounds of nature reduce stress. Tired of listening to your co-workers weekend escapades? Find your favorite playlist or white noise device for calming sounds of surf, birds or other nature sounds.
stack of pillows

Think tactile. Touch is important so look for natural fibers for area rugs, throw pillows, drapery, placemats and napkins to add texture to your home. 

blue bedroom

Water is an essential natural element. Can't afford to renovate for a spa like bathroom? Use soothing blues on walls and fabrics. Still feeling blue? Fish tanks or aquarium screen savers work too.

red chairs blue wall

Nature is full of color, neutrals found in sand dunes and stones, reds and oranges of your favorite sunset or fall foliage, blues reminding you of a weekend at the lake and greens of your favorite hiking trail. Color your home to recreate your favorite warm or cool palette. 

aged door and key hole

Nature evolves. Choose finishes that age with beauty such as a coppers patina, aged brick, worn leather or wood banisters darkened by years human hands sliding down it.

candles on table

We don't all have fireplaces in our homes, but an arrangement of candles can be the next best thing.  Worried about open flames? Battery operated candles come in all shapes and sizes. 

mismatched chairs

Nature isn't perfect and you don't need to be either.  Mis-match furniture, pick a common element and have fun.

cozy cabin with organic shapes and materials


Look for organic shapes, patterns and details found throughout nature and introduce some in your home.  Don't like too much pattern? Keep colors neutral to offset.

repurposed canoes as garden wall

Repurpose a material or item. Tables made of reclaimed wood or hang grandma's old rolling pin on the wall to warm up your kitchen. 

Think about your favorite childhood memory, trip or someplace still on your bucket list and add elements to your home to transport you. Stuck for ideas, leave a comment below or email us and we can help you create a corner of nature in your home.

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