What is it about a space that makes you feel good?
Fundamentally, humans need shelter. Beyond that, though, comfort, charm and connection with nature and the outside world are also essential.
Interior spaces need to make us feel safe.
How you design your home impacts your long-term quality of life. When you create an excellent space for yourself, you control and limit the amount of stimulation you’re exposed to.
After all, your home should be a sanctuary from chaos.
Never has this been so crucial. Now, when the world is entangled in anxiety, our home spaces are all we have to keep us secure and feeling happy.
Here’s how to design one that nurtures your wellbeing.
Add Colour and Texture
There’s no denying architecture impacts mental and physical health. But what about interior design?
Colour, texture and light affect how you feel, think and behave. Our brain’s sensors, perceptions and actions respond to the intensity of them. Colour and texture also impact learning behaviour.
To benefit, add some colour to your home. Although the choice of colour is personal and subjective, there are certain shades for a calming, tranquil impact. Light greys, warm neutrals, blue, and turquoise are peaceful to incorporate inside, outside or both. Some spaces may demand a little more stimulation, warmth and energy. If that’s the case, use orange, yellow or lime to encourage comfort and happiness without overpowering.
Like colour, texture also gives a home (or room) ‘feeling’. It adds depth to space and gives your senses something to respond too. For a warmer, cosier experience, use rough and contrasting textures. If you’re after something calmer and more relaxed, choose smooth and shiny surfaces.
Add texture through:
● Plants and greenery
● Organic materials – exposed brick vs polished concrete or the warmth of hardwoods
● Woven textiles – rugs, curtains, throws, cushions
● Carefully chosen furniture and accessories – mixed chairs, bean bags, wood drawers, antique items
● Paint and/or paintings
Provide a Space to Disconnect in
We live in a society that’s overworked and overstimulated.
Unless you create a haven at home, long work hours and busy lifestyles quickly take a toll. Your zen spot doesn’t need an entire room. It might be a full space, a small corner nook in the living room or the bathroom with the ultimate tub.
Other ideas are outside in the garden, a patio decked out with outdoor bean bags, hanging plants and a water feature, or a reading corner by a window. Anything that works for you. As long as you find a space where you can shut out the noise and disconnect.
Create a Sense of Community
Home should be a place you can escape to and relax in, but room for connecting and socialising are essential elements as well.
Create an area where people can get together. These spaces should foster group activities and interactions to help build and maintain positive relationships. Sociable spaces can address emotional, social and physical wellbeing.
Blur Boundaries Between Indoor and Outdoor Living
Your surrounding environment is a crucial dimension of good health. The human brain also responds to the air we breathe, the quality of light and the intensity of scent. That’s why certain sounds, smells and scenic views feel so engaging and relaxing.
In the home, create connections with living things. Bring nature inside, encourage indoor/outdoor living and include natural materials in your interior design.
Other ways to increase health benefits through natural spaces are:
● Use indoor plants to boost your mood and improve air quality
● Incorporate glazing to provide a view of the greenery outside
● Pay attention to humidity levels
● Incorporate a pond or water feature into the garden
● Create easy access to outdoor spaces
● Embrace sustainable designs, features and materials
In design, aesthetics and comfort are equally important. Comfy seating, luxurious bedding, natural fabrics, plush pillows and thermal comfort increase contentment levels and comfortability in your home.
Comfort also means achieving uncluttered spaces. Without order, clutter leads to anxiety and discomfort. You don’t need to adopt a minimalist lifestyle. Instead, choose furniture with care and maintain a clean, airy feel by finding the right homes for everything.
How you design your home contributes to feeling healthy, happy and whole. Which features or tips do you like? Do you have other wellness-centred design tips? Leave your comments below!
This article was written by Jayde Walker – a Perth copywriter who writes in the home improvement and design industries.