Natural Patterns Create A Calming Home
Posted on October 17, 2016
By Susie Frazier
A few weeks ago, I presented my belief that a state of well-being doesn’t just come from the healthy food we eat and the physical exercise we provide our bodies. It comes from a deliberate curating of the elements in our homes so our mental condition is nurtured. This type of “Reflective Design” approach can have real impact on our lives especially when we integrate visual patterns from nature directly into our spaces.
Whether it’s the repeating contours of bark on trees, sediments in rocks, or seed formations within plants, visual systems found on earth satisfy our human impulse to seek order out of chaos. Scientific research in the growing biophilic design movement has asserted that nature-based patterns within interior settings are helping to reduce anxiety in humans.
In other words, visual references to nature, not just nature itself, are becoming healing tools. Surfaces like floors and counters as well as textiles like bedding and curtains are simple places where subtle earth patterns can be incorporated to feed our craving for calm.