5 ways interior design can improve your wellness
We all know that there are lots of important ways to look after ourselves - eating well, exercising, getting enough sleep, drinking lots of water and prioritising our mental health. But how much do you consider your surroundings and how they affect your wellbeing?
It makes sense when you think about it - compare how you feel in a busy, noisy space with being in a library or by the sea… Our surroundings definitely influence what’s happening in our minds.
Create the right atmosphere at home
Wellness is something that’s important to consider when styling rooms in our home. How do you currently feel when you spend time in your kitchen, living room, bedroom or bathroom? Is it the feeling you want in that space? Here are a few ideas to consider in making sure your home gives you the right mindset.
1Motivation vs relaxation in your interior design
While your bedroom needs to have a calm and serene vibe, not every room is a relaxing haven. Some spaces need to give you a boost. If you struggle to get going in the morning, make your bathroom or kitchen an energising space with lots of light and pops of colour. If you’re working at home, make sure your study or office is inspiring and creative. Studies suggest that blue and green colours make us more productive.
2Surround yourself with beauty
Looking at visually pleasing things is well known to improve mental wellbeing. Scenic views and wall art can have an enormous effect on how we feel.
Art in particular can hugely impact the atmosphere in any space. The right painting or photograph can make us feel thoughtful, relaxed or energised, depending on its theme and colour palette. For a positivity boost, choose art that makes you smile.
3Engage all your senses
While visual stimuli have an obvious effect, don’t neglect your other senses. What are the acoustics like in your home? Soften large, echoey spaces with soft furnishings: curtains, rugs and cushions - which will also appeal to your sense of touch. Engage your sense of smell with fresh flowers, scented candles or aromatherapy oils for a wonderful calming effect.
4Bring the outside in
Spending time in nature is well known to boost wellbeing and happiness, so aim to bring some of that natural beauty to your home. Floral and botanical wallpaper is making a big return at the moment, but if that isn’t your style, add some plants to your space or choose art or other furnishings that give you a sense of the great outdoors.
5Let there be light
Studies show that bright light can improve symptoms of depression and anxiety. Make the most of natural light by adding mirrors around the home, and use lamps and pendant lights to brighten up dark corners. Some people like to be woken up by natural light, so choose more sheer curtains. But if you struggle to sleep, your bedroom could be one place to embrace dark decor.
There are so many ways that interior design can boost our wellbeing - and what will suit you is very personal. The most important thing is that your home becomes a sanctuary, where you feel relaxed, inspired, empowered and able to be your true self.
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