Nature has revitalising effects that are great for mental health but often we’re pretty removed from it in our modern homes. In built-up areas, there can be restricted space for gardens, or they may not offer enough privacy from the next-door neighbours. Courtyards offer an opportunity to put this right. Surrounded by the home itself, there are no prying eyes from next door, and the central location of the green space encourages footfall through it when moving from one interior room to the next. Designed by Kaizen Archi, these two bright and modern Vietnamese villa concepts are centred around their airy courtyards that provide blissfully cooling ventilation and a serene 360º garden view.

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High-end furniture and richly tonal colour palettes create sophisticated spaces inside these three polished Vietnamese homes. This upmarket image is peacefully balanced with a peppering of green spaces inside, in the shape of understairs courtyards, hideaway terraces and integrated indoor planters. The effects of Mother Nature are dominant in the character and harmony of these interiors, evoking a sense of tranquillity and encouraging a slower pace of life at home. In a fast-moving world, we should always make time to stop and smell the roses. There is also plenty of inspiration for impressive living rooms, kitchens and dining rooms, stylish bedrooms, creative outdoor living spaces, and modern staircase designs.

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A dreamy, nature-touched home stands on the riverbank of a small village in Hoi An ancient town of Quang Nam province, Vietnam, elegantly designed by lequang-architects. Surrounded by a typical agricultural landscape, the 180 square metre home was designed to quietly meld within the greenery of the local landscape. The homeowner is an environmental expert, and she wished for her son to grow up in natural surroundings, and to benefit from the life education that this experience brings. This house acts as a tranquil base for such a lifestyle and also for the lives of birds and insects thanks to a serene courtyard design, where small creatures can visit and find shelter amongst the shrubs.

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Atriums bring in glorious natural light and a feeling of uplifting spaciousness. In the case of these three stunning interior designs, the atrium is also a wonderful opportunity to introduce nature’s green beauty, which instills a sense of peace and rejuvenation into the home. Young trees grow within the walls of these houses, which fashions a unique connection between the ground floor living space and bedrooms upstairs. White, wood, and pale grey decor elements provide gentle companions for the botanical theme. Interior windows and juliette balconies take in the benefits of shared light and fresh cross ventilation–proving the atrium just as relevant now as they were in dwellings of ancient Rome.

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