Bringing the Outdoors In

Nature-inspired interior design creates connections with the outdoors
Aulik Design Group

Photo by Spacecrafting

In today’s fast-paced world, the desire to slow down and reconnect with nature has never been more prevalent. As we seek solace in our homes, natural elements are making their way into many different forms of design. And while some homes boast a completely biophilic approach, there are smaller, simpler ways of bringing the outdoors in.

Light & Connectivity

Photo by 8710 Photography

Natural light is the cornerstone of any nature-inspired interior. Prioritizing light in spaces not only brightens things up but also fosters a sense of openness and connection with the outdoors. Take this primary bath by Home Design by Annie, for instance, in which the bathtub is positioned in its own bright, open area. Framing views of both the property’s gazebo and the lake, expansive windows on each side offer effortless connection with the island setting.

Natural Materials

Photo by AB Photography

Embrace the warmth and authenticity of natural materials to evoke an earthy, grounded feeling within your space. In this rustic Rochester bathroom by Interiors by J. Curry, dark and cedar wood tones, herringbone wood-look tile floors, and pebble tile all work together to create feelings of an outdoor retreat. Sculpted large-format tiles on the shower walls also contribute to the nature theme, with patterns mimicking the natural trickling of water.

Earthy Colors

Photo by Peter Vondelinde

Warm browns, soft greens, and calming blues evoke feelings of tranquility and create effortless harmony with exterior spaces. This bathroom project by Citydeskstudio is a perfect representation, boasting a wall of green, yellow, and cream tiles. The accent wall, which stretches the length of the space, shimmers in the glow of natural sunlight.


Photo by Matt Werre

Perhaps the most under-recognized means of connecting interiors with nature, water features bring a natural ambience to homes. Whether it’s a small indoor fountain, a fish tank, or rain shower, the sound and sight of water encourage relaxation and rejuvenation. But this spa conservatory by Conservatory Craftsmen takes nature-inspired design to the next level. The glass lantern design allows hot air to be released by an automated window that connects to the outdoors.


Photo by Spacecrafting

No nature-inspired interior is complete without the addition of greenery. Not only do plants improve air quality, but they also add vibrant pops of color to any room. In this kitchen by Kenzo Construction and Milton House Design Collective, subtle pops of green bring life (both figurately and literally) to the main workspaces.

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