Most people design their homes so that they feel comfortable and nurtured there. Unless you’re highly minimalist, it’s uncommon to strip back to the bare essentials, or to add uncomfortable furnishings. For instance, you know that you could implement a wooden bench that looks stylish and works with the flooring of the living room, but when you sit down to watch movies, you wish for cushioning and comfort.
Thankfully, comfort doesn’t have to be opposed to chic design, as shabbiness isn’t necessarily a feature of taking a load off. However, this can make us think – exactly how might we implement wellness into our home’s design? Could our best sense of wellbeing, mental clarity and nurtured feeling, both for ourselves and our children, be implemented as an intentional design into the homes we love?
Here are some factors that you could consider to help add a sense of wellness into your home design.
Natural Light Is Essential
Natural light has been shown to have numerous benefits for our overall health, including improved mood, better sleep, and increased energy levels. When designing and decorating your home, it’s good to think about maximizing the amount of natural light you let in.
This can be done by installing large windows or skylights, or by painting your walls with light, reflective colours. Additionally, it’s important to have good window coverings that can be adjusted to control the amount of light that enters the room – beautifully laid wooden blinds or curtains can work well here.
Determine Your Wonderful Colour Palette
The colours we surround ourselves with have a major impact on our moods and emotions. Cool colours such as blue, green, and purple are known to promote calmness, while warm colours like yellow, orange, and red are associated with energy and excitement, which can spur creativity, especially in pastel colours – in a home office or studio space for instance.
When it comes to making those tough colour decisions, consider which colours make you feel relaxed, peaceful, and calm. It’s also a good idea to incorporate accent colours that can add interest to a room while still maintaining a calm overall atmosphere. If you’re not happy with one colour serving as the main format, you can always use that as an alternating colour or trimming, or implement a feature wall. It’s very easy to forget about the colours we use until you implement them in a specific manner, and that in itself can be very healthy to focus on.
Incorporating Plants & Nature Is Fundamental
Exposure to plants and nature will offer a range of health benefits, including reducing stress, improving air quality and boosting mood too. It’s why we feel so good when walking in the park, or when we open our doors during the summer period and our children play in the garden.
When designing and decorating your home, consider incorporating plants into your living space. This can be done by placing potted plants in different rooms, creating a hanging wall garden, or even implementing vertical gardens spaces. Not only do plants bring a touch of nature into your home, but they can add the natural color we discussed above, and it reduces the artificial design of a highly engineered space.
Ambiance & Relaxation Matter
It’s important to have a designated space in your home where you can relax and unwind. This can be a cozy reading corner with a desktop lamp, a quiet meditation or yoga space, or even a luxurious bathroom with a deep soaking tub – just make sure you actually exit this wonderful little space before you soak into a prune-like texture.
There are a few methods of creating a peaceful space, including soft lighting, comfortable seating, and a calming colour palette as discussed with the pastel shades above. You may also want to consider adding calming scents, such as essential oil diffusers or glasshouse candles, which help you fully unwind and de-stress.
Technological devices aren’t always counter to a comforting space either, as some well-placed speakers playing calming music in the evenings or light jazz in the mornings can really spruce up an environment, completely remove your anxieties, and sustain you through those busy work from home days.
With this advice, we hope you can implement wellness-focused thinking into your home’s design, and come out with an enviable, nurturing environment that anyone would love to spend time in. Just make sure you don’t make it too comfortable, as otherwise you’ll never feel like leaving!0