Interior designed Healthy Homes are a hot topic at the moment, but, what does it actually mean?
The world has changed and is unlikely to get back to what we thought as normal any time soon. Maybe that's a good thing for some of us.
With it, new priorities have been formed about the way we use our time, connections to family our homes and the way we live.
if there is any positive outcome to the pandemic, it's an awakened awareness of nature and the direct benefits of seeing it, touching it and being reminded of how it calms us.
Did you know we spend 90% of our time indoors, at least 55% in our homes. Isn't it time we started to look at maximising and unlocking the many benefits of our relationship with nature and use it when we come to design the interiors of our homes.
When we walk through our front door, we should smile because we are home, a place where we can be or most comfortable.
We are surrounded by our loved ones and the intimate items that make us feel good. We can recharge and relax.
Our home is where our memories are made.
🌿NATURE AND OUR WELLBEING🌿
For thousands of years it has been understood the importance of maintaining our connection with nature and our built environment.
Being in nature soothes our souls, it can calm us down and alleviate the stress of our fast paced modern lives.
That is why it is beneficial for us to bring elements of the outside in when we begin designing the interior of our homes, whether we live in an apartment or house with a garden.
Bringing a little of the outside in can be simply achieved by house plants, the use of natural materials for our interior scheme with texture such as linen, cottons, wood, stone and with the use of colour, all of these elements will reminding us of nature.
See below a sample board using natural elements; the client wanted to create a 'jungle' effect when walking into their entrance hall, complimented with sustainable low VOC green paint, the beautiful versailles wooden floor added a touch of luxury to this interior designed scheme.
🌿BIOPHILIC DESIGN AND YOUR HOME🌿
The use of nature and creating healthy homes is generally known as Biophilic design, it's become a bit of a buzz word of late due to the pandemic, our heightened awareness of nature and wanting to be connected to it.
"People are craving a connection with natural elements, clean air, and open space as an antidote to being cooped up for so long."
Biophilia is about employing design principles that are calming and restorative. They say lower crime rates of 7-8% and higher property prices of 4-5% can be achieved by implementing Boiphilic design principles.
🌿HEALTHY HOME, HAPPY HOME🌿
Here are a few helpful tips to follow when creating a new interior scheme for your room using Biophilic design principles.
🌿Bring plants into your rooms, they cleanse the air.
🌿Introduce natural materials such as stone, wooden floors or woven sisals, keep away from no manmade fibres.
🌿Use linen, wool, cotton and silks on furniture and furnishings.
🌿Have plenty of natural light if that is possible.
🌿Create a central space in your room allowing energy to flow easily, no seating grouped in the middle.
🌿Use colours that make you feel calm - greens, blues and earth tones
🌿Do not use paints that emit harmful toxins, keep the air filtered and clean.
🎨See my article on the best non-toxic paints here.
The image below is an excellent example of the use of natural materials in a home interior: stone for the floor with lots of texture, a cow hide, oak table, rattan pendant shades, large plants and lots of natural light.
So, that's my quick guide to healthier living, restorative, calming, and importantly helping mental health, a subject recently highlighted by lockdown and many of us brush off as unimportant.
This may just be a lesson to slow down and smell the roses. 🌹💚
AS WE EVOLVE SO SHOULD OUR HOMES.
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