Is Forest Bathing the Answer to Your Concrete Blues?

RELAXING IN RUSTIC STYLE | © Pixers
RELAXING IN RUSTIC STYLE | © Pixers
Photo of Amber C. Snider
Home & Design Editor20 July 2017

The term ‘forest bathing’ may seem like a misnomer, but a meditative walk in the forest may be all you need to realign yourself with nature and break away from the hubbub of the world. But what if a soul-cleansing walkabout during the workweek simply isn’t possible? This design trend may be a (temporary) solution to help assuage the stress of the everyday hustle.

THE BEAUTY OF TROPICAL LEAVES | © Pixers

The healing practice of forest bathing, or shinrin-yoku, was developed in Japan in the 1980s. Contrary to the word’s connotation, it doesn’t actually involve bathing or water at all, but rather a long, mindful walk in the forest. Japanese researchers have essentially proven its therapeutic benefits, especially when comparing a walk through a cityscape and a forest setting, citing that it lowers blood pressure and reduces stress hormones in both men and women.

But what about those who can’t catch a break from the urban jungle? What if you could bring the forest inside the home?

SPENDING TIME IN THE TROPICS | © Pixers

Pixers, a group of designers specializing in the personalization of interior spaces, created a series of calming “forest bathing motifs” as a “supplement to the time spent in nature’s surroundings.” The wallpaper designs feature rich green colors with intertwining shades and are definitely on-trend for 2017. Similarly, Brooklyn’s hippest bespoke wallpaper company, Flavor Paper, has also tapped into the zen-design trend with their classic bestselling motifs, such as Wild Thing, Old Growth, Canopy, Fuzzy Forest, and more.

Wild Thing bedroom | © Flavor Paper

With Pantone’s “Color of the Year”cited as “Greenery,” all signs point to interior design becoming more wellness-focused. The trend emerges from a deep, cultural need to reconnect, rejuvenate, and refresh and can be seen in everything from green product design to record-breaking forest cities. It also points to the fact that if you’re feeling nature-starved as of late, you’re definitely not alone.

Want more wallpaper and home inspiration? Check out our video with Brooklyn’s Flavor Paper here.

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