There are a lot of factors that contribute to a person’s wellbeing, but at the top of the list is the home. You spend a great deal of time in your home and if the environment does not promote health and wellness, your wellbeing will certainly become compromised. If you’re going through something physically or emotionally, some wellness-centered changes around the house could improve things greatly. Below, is a look at some health-focused interior design options:
Add House Plants
House plants, more commonly known as indoor plants are a quick way to improve both the look and health of your home. Plants help to improve their air quality, regulate humidity, boost your mood and some even filter out pollutants.
Stress is very common these days. The best way to cope is to find ways to relax the mind and body. Somewhere in your house should be an area where you can retreat to when you just want to relax and be at peace. This can be a small nook in the kitchen, your bedroom, home office, den, deck, or wherever else you might consider. In it, place items that bring you comfort. A plush chair or couch, a side table to hold your favorite books, candles, artwork, water features like table fountains, and other items to create a space where you feel at peace.
Comfort is Key
Aesthetics are an important factor with interior design but comfort is key. You might see a beautiful modern chair for your living room, but if it gives you back pains after sitting in it too long, this isn’t the idea of keeping health first. Opt for an equally attractive chair that also provides you with a comfortable place to sit.
As you make changes in your home to improve your health, keep things like chairs, couches, beds, and bedding in mind. Don’t be afraid to spend a little more to get an ergonomic pillow that helps to reduce neck pain and improve sleep. Pair that with a memory foam mattress and you can sleep comfortably all night.
Add Some Fragrance
You’d be amazed at how a scented candle or essential oil can change the mood in a home. Your sense of smell actually works to bring on emotional responses. Think about it. Have you ever walked by a restaurant and smelled something cooking and immediately got hungry or excited? The same is true for candles and oils. Adding oil diffusers and scented candles in the decor around the house can improve your mood. Some popular scents for wellness include peppermint, vanilla, lavender, and chamomile.
Make Use of Natural Light
Whether you know it or not, light has a significant impact on your health and wellness. Proper lighting can help to boost your mood, improve productivity and much more. The best form of lighting is natural light. So, if your home is positioned in a location where you have access to lots of light, use it to your advantage. Change the window treatments to include shades or blinds that allow you to control the amount of light entering the home. Also, consider going for lighter fabrics and colors so the light can reflect throughout your home.
Keep Colors in Mind
As you decide on paint and decor colors for your home be mindful of schemes you choose. Color has a significant impact on your mood. That’s why if you were to visit a spa you’d notice they use a lot of soft, natural, earthy tones throughout because these color schemes are very calming. If you were going for a bold, upbeat color you’d choose red, orange, or yellow.
Think about the room and the activities that go on in there. How do you want to feel? For instance, your bedroom is ideal for sleeping so to put bold colors in it wouldn’t be ideal. However, bolder colors would be perfect in the kitchen or family room.
Your home is your safe haven from the outside world. It is where you start and end your day (and also where you spend a lot of your downtime). A house that is untidy, disorganized, or poorly designed can worsen your physical health and bring down your mood. Take the time to create a house with health-focused design and decor throughout to enhance your life.