Ashley Judd's patio taps into a timeless design movement with this one unique accessory

The actress's tree-inspired light fixtures on her patio are in line with the beloved biophilic design trend, which highlights nature

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Biophilic design is one of our favorite (timeless) trends. Infusing the inside with a feeling of the outside, this home aesthetic is perfect for those who want to make their homes feel a little more peaceful and natural. This goes for a home's exterior, as proven by Ashley Judd's patio.

The Double Jeopardy and Kiss The Girls star recently shared a video of her neutral patio on her Instagram page alongside her sister, singer Wynonna Judd, and we couldn't help but admire the background. The sisters are sitting on a white sofa, which blends in seamlessly with the white-painted wall, but what really stands out are the two tree-inspired light fixtures framing a small painting.

Nature-inspired design has an enduring appeal for a reason. Not only does it look visually pleasing, but experts say it can have incredible benefits for our mental health.

'One of the primary benefits of nature-inspired decor is its ability to evoke a calming atmosphere,' says designer Nina Lichtenstein. 'Natural materials and colors can reduce stress and enhance relaxation, making your home a sanctuary from the hustle and bustle of daily life. Additionally, incorporating nature into your home decor can improve air quality and create a more harmonious living environment, contributing to overall health and happiness.'

While Judd has opted for biophilic light fixtures to elevate the natural appearance of her patio, Lichtenstein says there are certain objects that can work particularly well within the design scheme.

'Items crafted from reclaimed or sustainably sourced wood bring warmth and a rustic charm to your home,' she says. 'Each piece's unique grain and texture add character and bring the outdoors inside.'

She continues, 'Indoor plants not only purify the air but also add vibrant color and life to any room. From large statement plants like fiddle leaf figs to small succulents, greenery can fit into any space.'

Other options include natural textiles, stone and ceramic accents, and nature-inspired art.

A modern hallway idea with contemporary globe chandelier made from white butterflies

A nature-inspired chandelier similar to the one in Judd's space.

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Lichtenstein emphasizes that one of the most appealing aspects of biophilic design is its ability to be personalized. DIY projects are not only permitted but encouraged.

'Crafting your own decor can be incredibly rewarding and add a personal touch to your home,' Lichtenstein says. 'Consider making your own wooden shelves, planters, or macramé plant hangers. These projects not only allow you to incorporate natural materials but also provide a creative outlet that makes your space truly yours. Using driftwood, stones, or pressed flowers and leaves from your own yard can turn simple DIY projects into meaningful keepsakes.'

Finally, items that are actually from the natural world can make their way into a biophilic space for an elevated appearance.

'Incorporate items directly from nature to add a personal, organic touch to your decor,' Lichtenstein states. 'Display a collection of shells from your favorite beach, or create a centerpiece with pinecones and branches collected during a family hike. Framing nature drawings by the family, pictures of your garden, local landscapes, or even close-up shots of leaves and flowers can bring the beauty of the outdoors into your home, creating a gallery of nature that holds personal significance.'

Hannah Ziegler
News Editor

Hannah is Homes & Gardens’ News Editor, with a focus on celebrity style and entertainment content. She got her start in media as a digital editorial assistant at ELLE Canada, and has since written about lifestyle and culture for publications such as Nylon and i-D.

Her love of film is rivalled only by one with a great soundtrack, and she hopes to someday decorate a Nancy Meyers-worthy kitchen.