How Natural Home Design Improves Your Well-Being

Apr 22, 2024 | DESIGN

Nature has a profound impact on our well-being. Natural home design embraces the restorative qualities of nature. These elements create a space that reduces stress and encourages relaxation. Let’s uncover the perks of using natural elements within your home, including the best places to find them.


I’ve transitioned through a plethora of design phases in life. When I landed my first talk radio hosting job, I went hog wild with a lavish purple sofa. My apartment oozed of pastels. It looked as if the Spiegel catalog puked everywhere. —If you know, you know.

Funny side note: In another life I was friends with Prince (yes, the purple one). The first time he invited me to his L.A. home, we giggled because he and I had identical Spiegel comforters on our beds. At the time I was a party girl. My thoughts and actions were wild. And so was my taste in design.

Fast forward thirty years. I’m no longer barhopping Sunset Boulevard or rubbing elbows with musical icons. Decades of wisdom have nestled me into a much calmer head and design space.

Today, when I walk into a home decor or furniture store, I sense if it aligns with my vibe. If it’s full of manufactured pieces with coats of paint, I’m out. If it’s geared toward raw wood and natural fibers, you’ll have to drag me out.


It’s amazing how your psyche shifts when you surround yourself with natural materials. Woods, woven textures, organic textiles, and plants have a calming effect for a multitude of reasons. Here are five of them:

1. Innate Connection to Nature – Humans are born connected to nature. Surrounding ourselves with natural materials reduces our stress hormones. In turn, this lowers blood pressure and promotes relaxation.

2. Sensory Appeal – The warmth of wood, smoothness of stone, and freshness of plants creates calm. Natural fabrics like linen or wool feel grounding. And calming aromas like lavender can promote rest and tranquility.

3. Reduced Cognitive Load – Bold colors and busy patterns can be mentally fatiguing. Our brains work harder to process excessive visual data. Natural decor is easier on your eyes and brain than man-made materials. This allows us to relax visually and mentally.

4. Improved Air QualityNatural materials like wood and cotton foster better air circulation within your home. This can be particularly beneficial for those with allergies or sensitivities.

5. Sustainability – Natural materials are a more sustainable choice. Sustainable materials can connect us to something bigger than ourselves. This provides a sense of living in harmony with nature.

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Natural home design goes beyond adding a few houseplants. It’s about creating a space that fosters a sense of well-being. The following are key elements to transform your living space into a natural haven.

Harness the Power of Natural LightMaximize natural light. Install window treatments that provide privacy while allowing natural light in. Woven wood shades are a great option. And if you have the opportunity to add skylights in your home, do it.

Embrace Earthy Materials Opt for natural materials like wood, stone, and woven textiles. Apply this to your furniture, flooring, and home decor accents. I gravitate toward wood furniture and seagrass rugs. As for decor, I utilize plants, candles, and wood figurines.

Embrace Natural ColorsEarthy colors have a calming and grounding effect on your psyche. Tones like ivory, brown, and green create a sense of tranquility. Surrounding yourself with earthy tones lowers stress hormones and promotes feelings of relaxation.

Bring in the GreeneryPlants add a touch of life to your home. They also purify the air. One of my favorites is the snake plant because it doesn’t demand much. Air plants and succulents are another low-maintenance option.

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Here are some of my favorite stores to buy natural home decor:

Etsy is a great place to find unique handmade natural home design pieces. You can find everything from furniture and rugs to lighting and accessories.

Parachute designs sustainable furniture, rugs, decor, and premium linens. Parachute manufacturers craft home essentials using only the finest materials.

Terrain offers a curated selection of furniture, rugs, lighting, and decor. Their pieces consist of natural materials designed to bring the outdoors in.

West Elm is a go-to store geared toward clean lines, calming colors, and nature-inspired textures.

World Market, IKEA, and Target offer select natural home design items. Be sure to check your local boutiques, too. They often merchandise Pinterest-worthy nature-inspired furniture and decor.


When shopping for natural home decor, keep in mind the look and feel you want to achieve in your space. Consider materials, textures, and colors that calm you. Think about how they’ll work together to create a cohesive look. 

Remember to leave plenty of space for your eyes to rest. Avoiding cognitive overwhelm is key. With these resources and a little planning, you’ll create a natural haven to relax in for years to come.

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