Life can get pretty chaotic sometimes and often you find yourself focusing too much of your time and energy into one area of life but then neglecting the others that are just as important. I know I’m guilty of it sometimes.
I’m forever striving to achieve a sense of balance, however I do admit that I find it challenging at times. It’s so easy to get caught up in the rat race and neglect your health and wellbeing.
There are so many variables involved in your overall happiness, however one element that contributes is the environment you live and work in. The interior decor of your home can have a huge impact on your wellbeing and provide you with a space to relax or spend quality time with the people that matter, resulting in a much more balanced life.
I, along with a few other interior experts and bloggers would like to share some tips on how you can create a happier home. Try implementing these things into your rooms and you should start to gradually see the positive effect!
Bring nature indoors
I always try to incorporate greenery into my interior design projects because being surrounded by nature has a host of benefits and if you don’t get the opportunity to get outside as much as you’d like, why not bring nature indoors? Plants have a calming effect by lowering blood pressure and purifying the air which results in reduced stress, more productivity and less illness. This example showcases how oversized plants give a double height space texture, balance and colour, connecting the apex to the rest of the space beneath.
– Natalie Holden, Interior Designer focused on creating unique and stylish interiors with personality, colour and functionality
Introduce more natural light
We spend 90% of our life indoors, so it’s not surprising that light is one of the most important factors for wellbeing in most homes. I particularly crave it, as I live in a Victorian Terrace, which are notoriously dark spaces. Our bodies follow circadian rhythms that indicate to our bodies when to sleep, rise and eat all instructed by sunlight and temperature. Plus to keep us sane and healthy we need daily doses of Vitamin D. Throwing open the curtains (and windows!), installing large bi-fold doors and skylights all make our spaces more inviting when bathed in lots of natural light.
– Mary Middleton from Hello Peagreen, Interiors and Travel Blogger
If you want to create balance in your home, try these simple tips. They’re all proven to lower stress and blood pressure. And even lift your mood!First, add timber elements like wooden trays and furniture. If you have wooden floorboards that’s a welcome bonus.Then, make the most of your garden/balcony view to enjoy a relaxing moment. Interestingly, a picture of a natural landscape is equally effective.Finally, scatter plants around the house. And here’s a little secret, studies show faux greenery will also improve your wellbeing. However, only real plants carry air purifying benefits.
– Juan Sandiego from Boreal Abode, Interiors Blogger
Build your design around your physical and emotional needs
Wellness has become the big buzz word behind everything at the moment, so it isn’t much of a surprise that we should start thinking about how the design of our homes and work spaces affect our health and wellbeing. You can’t see “Wellness design” in a photo but you can feel “Wellness design” when you use a room. If you are starting a design and want wellness to be a key factor you have to start by thinking “What do people physically and emotional need to thrive?” then build your design round those facts. Lets say you are someone who is struggling to sleep, then you need to look at the process our bodies goes through to help that happen. This can be the need to unwind and relax, dark rooms to help the body shut down, lower temperatures and supportive mattress. These physical needs will push you towards the colours and products you use in the space which will help you create a bedroom that supports your wellbeing.
– Phoebe Oldrey from Smartstyle Interiors, Interior Designer specialising in ‘holistic interior design’
Incorporate meaningful art
There is no better feeling than looking at old photographs or stumbling upon images that remind you of a happy memory. By Incorporating meaningful art in your home — such as framed photographs, postcards or quotes you find inspiring — you will always be surrounded by positivity and moments that will, well, make you smile! Art in its many forms should have an uplifting and positive effect on you, so make sure that the pieces you select for your home carry meaning.
– Catherine Cornelissen from Decor A List, Founder & Director
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Create a cohesive colour scheme
Ensure there’s a good flow through your home by subtly linking rooms together within a colour palette. In this hallway, I picked out a soft shade of blue-green in the vintage rug and used it as the wall colour for the room that opens off it. This ensures the eye can travel around the space freely and makes it feel cohesive, considered and well-balanced; all key elements in a good design scheme
– Kiera Marshall from Dekko Bird, Interior Designer and Blogger
Use items that connect you with happy memories
When it comes to our homes our ultimate goal should be that of creating a sanctuary, a space we can call home. One way of achieving this is by adding pieces that have a personal meaning to you. Make sure that when you look around, you see items that connect you with happy memories. Whether it’s an old chest of drawers passed down by your grandparents or a planter your closest friend bought you – these are the pieces that will bind the rest of your home together while also giving you a sense of belonging and being at home.
– Melinda Kiss, Creative Director at Keyhole Interiors
Colour psychology – think what your favourite colour is and why
For me colour is undeniably linked with happiness and well-being in our homes. This is highly subjective and each one of us will feel at peace and restful with different hues. For me dark greys and blue bring me joy, for another muted greys and whites create home and another might love the brightness of yellow to punctuate a space. The psychology behind all this is hard to completely understand but aside from cultural and historical associations with colour, we are attracted to shades that are meaningful to us and linked to a memory or past experience. Try it yourself – what is your favourite colour and really think how it links to something positive in your past. Then bring more of that into the walls around you to help you relax and find joy every day when you enter that room!
– Donna Ford, Blogger, Photographer and Designer at Skirting Boards And Chandeliers
If you require any help with creating a happier home then why not take advantage of flexible interior design service? You can book a 1 or 2 hour consultation and I can give you guidance on creating a more balanced and happier space that is unique to your lifestyle and needs.
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