In Your Home
What is it and what can it be? With today´s focus on eating right, exercising, getting enough sleep and mastering stress it is no coincidence that we are increasingly becoming more aware of our surroundings. The environment in which we live plays a large role in our overall well-being.
Wellness focused interior design can greatly influence a person’s physical health as well as their emotional state of mind. There is evidence based research showing the correlation between concepts such as Biophilic Design (incorporation of natural elements into a space) and circadian Rhythm Balance (the use of natural light to enhance one’s internal 24 hour clock) impacting not only overall wellbeing but reducing stress, enhancing creativity, improving clarity of thought and expediting healing.
I am convinced that wellness in the home will become as important in designing spaces as functionality and cost -effectiveness. Wellness covers many dimensions, but we will focus on creating environments that nourish one’s body and mind.
The process of acquiring the information needed to incorporate the appropriate tools into your home making you a healthier and happier human being is different for each individual. This might look like a de-cluttered and updated kitchen to cook healthy meals. Or, an air quality test to help replace allergy sensitive properties in your home.
Here are some general and quick tips on home wellness . . .
Biophilic Design is the idea that humans possess an innate tendency to seek connections with nature and other forms of life. The addition of real potted plants, letting natural light in during the day, good air quality, and natural textures and materials are a few ideas to provide a positive impact.
Lighting is becoming one of the most important elements in home design. Spaces with smart lighting systems to better match your Circadian rhythm, artificial light that mimics daylight and using natural light whenever possible is crucial to overall wellbeing. Air and sound quality play a role as well, especially to sensitive individuals.
Comfort and sustainability are key when it comes to furniture and materials used in the home. It goes without saying that it must be comfortable for the user as well as aesthetically pleasing. All without toxins to off-gas and try to keep the carbon footprint in mind as much as possible. This might mean the re-purpose of an item in the way of re-covering a piece of furniture or using a local craftsman to make a piece for your home. It also incorporates working with companies that keep fair trade practices and use sustainable and natural materials.
Color has a strong impact on the mood of a room and how it makes you feel. It is largely a matter of personal taste but can really affect your environment. Lighter colors are airy and can make a room feel larger and brighter. Darker colors are more refined and make a room feel warmer and even “safe.” Neutrals are black gray, white and brown. These colors establish balance. Active colors like yellow and pink can excite the mind along with boosting creativity. Blues and greens are considered passive colors and calm the mind and help with mental focus. Colors also incite emotional responses, so when choosing colors keep your personal preferences in mind.
A Clutter Free space can have an impact one’s mood, relationships and even sleep. It is a huge topic but can be simple at the same time.
Lifestyle your home should reflect your unique personality and the life you would like to lead. Perhaps that means an area for exercise or an indoor-outdoor space to entertain. You might lead an extremely busy life and need a calm environment in your home. Once you determine what it means for you and your family, creating a home to emulate your lifestyle is so rewarding.
In the end, a thoughtfully designed home with wellness in mind combined with your unique personal touches will transform your environment to nurture your constitution and soul.