Andy Cohen's light wooden ceilings add openness and texture to his biophilic living room

This open-concept living room is made brighter and more beautiful by paneled wood ceilings, and it's a rend to watch

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Biophilic design is all the rage. Sustainable and traditional interior designers alike swear by the benefits of incorporating nature-inspired motifs and materials into our homes. In Andy Cohen's living room, an underutilized space becomes an opportunity to bring the outdoors in.

A recent Instagram video shows that The Real Housewives host has a paneled ceiling in his living room. The ceiling idea uses multiple different shades of wood, stretching across the space for a stylish, warm, and comforting design.

'Paneled ceilings are something of a hidden spice in a natural living room,' says Artem Kropovinsky, NYC-based interior designer and founder of Arsight. Although the ceiling is a huge part of a room, it's often overlooked as an element of interior design. He continues, 'This style raises the space, providing an illusion of height and openness in a subtle yet powerful way.'

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Artem Kropovinsky

Based in New York, Artem Kropovinsky, founder of Arsight, has a decade of extensive and considerable global design experience. Prioritizing minimalism, sustainability, and authenticity, Artem, alongside his team of professionals, works on projects in the US and worldwide.

Aside from the panels, the natural fabrication of Andy's wood ceilings has serious benefits for his space. 'There's something about light wood, like a gentle glow all day,' says Artem. He continues, 'It gives warmth, lets in more light, and changes the living room into a warm center of the home. This design marries ancient and modern to add vitality to the living room. A living room should be a space where the functions of family come together with elegant form, and this space is the perfect example of that union.'

Better yet, the benefits of Andy Cohen's living room ceilings go beyond aesthetics. Jennifer Ebert, digital editor of Homes & Gardens, states: 'Natural wood is extremely beautiful, but it also has relaxing benefits. Biophilic design has been extensively proven to induce feelings of calm and well-being. Materials that remind us of nature help our brains to relax and feel at ease in a space. By this measure, Andy's living room is the perfect space to find some tranquility in the hectic pace of modern life.'

Jennifer Ebert
Jennifer Ebert

Jen is the Editor (Digital) of Homes & Gardens. Before starting this position, she had completed various interior design courses at KLC Design School, as well as working across Ideal Home, LivingEtc, 25 Beautiful Homes and Country Homes & Interiors as an interiors writer.

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Sophie Edwards
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Sophie is a London-based News Editor at Homes & Gardens, where she works on the Celebrity Style team. She is fascinated by the intersection of design and popular culture and is particularly excited when she is researching trends or interior history. Before joining Future, Sophie worked as the Head of Content and Communications at Fig Linens and Home, a boutique luxury linens and furniture brand. She has also written features on exciting developments in the design world for Westport Magazine. Sophie has a MSc from the Oxford University Department of Anthropology and BA in Creative Writing and Sociology from Sarah Lawrence College.