Spring has arrived and after reflecting upon the year 2021, which none of us will ever forget, I’m afraid, I want to focus more on health and well-being in our homes. I think we all agree: Boosting our well-being, mental and physical health is more important than ever after experiencing a worldwide pandemic. Our homes have become a constant in our lives with stay-at-home and work-from-home restrictions in place. We want to make them the spaces we desire and deserve. Here are 5 ideas to boost well-being with interior design.
5 Questions to boost your well-being at home
- What does my home need to give me a feeling of well-being?
- What materials should I introduce into my home to improve my health?
- Does my home make my life more efficient and productive?
- What can I introduce into my home to boost my wellbeing?
- What do I need to let go of in order to make my home a better place?
The magic of interior design to make change happen
In order to answer the first question, you would need to make an evaluation – of your home and yourself. If you live with your spouse and kids, get them all involved as it’s for their benefit too. Our homes are our immediate environment and we sometimes shake off the fact, that it has an enormous impact on our wellbeing. The last year showed us how inclined our home to our wellbeing is. Never has it been so clear to us that we need to look after our health and prioritise our wellbeing. Brainstorm with your family and make a list of all the things your home needs to give you a feeling of well-being.
My list would look like this:
- a retreat area
- space for creativity
- a place for exercise, yoga, meditation
- healthy cooking and eating together
- space for being together, playing games, dancing
- a space for spa moments
Healthy materials to incorporate into your home
Interior Design matters and that’s why I feel it’s important to share what it can do for your home, and your wellbeing. You probably heard that colour has an enormous impact on our mood. Colour can do so much in your home that you feel an instant change. To find out what colour suits your space, I suggest looking out for the latest colour trends in interiors or booking a colour consultation with me here.
Choosing the right materials for you is also important. It’s good to do some research on the materials you are planning to introduce into your home. Choose sustainable, plastic-free, and toxin-free materials which last long and are of high quality. Use low- VOC, water-based paint. Get rid of carpets and replace them with hardwood, engineered wood flooring or tiles. Carpets are a breeding ground for bacteria, a fire hazard and can cause asthma. The first thing we did, when we moved into the Valley House was to strip the place from the carpets in every room. Sometimes the floorboards underneath are in very good condition or need a little sand down. That’s a very affordable way of making a change to the flooring in your home.
If you need more information about sustainable flooring options, read my article How to choose an eco-friendly floor.
A note on Electromagnetic radiation (EMR): With over 5 billion mobile phones worldwide and mobile phone masts everywhere to cover our mobile phone usage, there is quite a bit of electromagnetic radiation out there. We can’t control the EMR outside of our home, but we can reduce it inside. Switch off your Wi-fi router during the night to gain undisrupted and therefore healthier sleep. Disable Bluetooth connections and switch off your smartwatch for the same reasons. You should never sleep with a smartwatch on your wrist and I even recommend banning it from the bedroom completely. Going wireless can look neat and tidy, but the trend is to come away from electromagnetic pollution and reconsider cables. Read here why it’s so important to reduce EMR exposure. For more advice on how to create a healthy bedroom to help you improve your sleep check out this article.
If you want to find sustainable and cruelty-free furniture and decor check out my directory here.
Productive spaces and…food
We all want to be more productive and efficient, not only when it comes to working, but also at home. Organisation is everything and it goes hand in hand with decluttering. The most cluttered and crowded spaces are our kitchens and ladders. Give your kitchen cupboards a good sort through and consider at the same time your meal plan. What, no meal plan? Your diet plays an essential role to improve your well-being. Decluttering your kitchen or ladder can make a significant impact on how you cook. Store dried goods in nice glass jars and label everything. It looks nicer than the packaging and is more fun to use. Meal planning can help to stay on track with healthy cooking and eating, efficient shopping and your budget regarding groceries.
But not just the kitchen needs better organising, it’s also the space where we work or the kids do their homework. A dedicated space for those tasks is better than the kitchen table as there might be too much distraction. For maximum productivity, it needs to be free of clutter.
Introducing new zones of quiet
No matter how small or big your home is, you can introduce a zone or space which can help to improve your well-being. For example, an area for exercise, yoga or meditation or a retreat and quiet corner. The latter is especially great when you live with children. A quiet room or corner should be calming and can therefore reduce anxiety. It’s perfect when coming home from a busy day to have a cup of tea, and read a couple of pages of your favourite book. It’s also ideal for the kids to unwind after school with some quiet activities, a nap, listening to music with headphones or reading. You won’t find a TV or a radio in a retreat area. For the design of this area or corner of a room, I recommend plants to improve air quality and soft colours rather than boldness. Rugs, blankets, cushions and pouffes add to the cosiness.
For our social activities or entertaining guest, we need a joyful space. For most people is this the kitchen or living room. Getting together and exchanging our thoughts and feelings is as essential for our well-being as the quiet times are. We want to know what’s going on in our family members’ lives and it’s vital to a healthy relationship to nurture togetherness. I find it ever so important to have at least one meal together at the dining table and eat at the same time. This doesn’t happen in every family, unfortunately. It’s sad that mentioning this is even necessary. We have all very busy lives and coordinating each other’s daily schedules is a science. This is the reason why we sometimes lose touch with each other even when we live under the same roof. I can’t stress therefore more the importance of eating together. To enhance our togetherness even more playing board games or doing a little gratitude exercise is a great idea.
Letting go to boost your wellbeing
Less is more. The more clutter the more chaos. Let go of things that don’t bring you joy anymore. Declutter your kitchen, ladder, your wardrobe and bookshelves. Get rid of furniture that doesn’t serve a purpose. Think minimal! Make room and space for yourself. In letting go I also want to stress the fact that we are always connected. Connected to our devices as well as work and stress. Disconnect your physical devices at least every evening, even switch off the Wi-fi router, your smartwatch and put your phone on flight mode. The constant notifications are adding to our stress and can decrease our health and well-being drastically.
I hope these tips help you to take some actions in your home to make it healthier and boost your wellbeing.
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