How interior design boosts mental health and how to achieve the optimum home environment for overall well-being.
Interior design isn’t all about colours and making a space ‘look pretty’. It’s also a well-known fact that interior design boosts mental health, well-being and feelings of security. It’s about creating an environment that is comfortable, and functional and promotes mental well-being. In this article, we’ll be looking at five key ways interior design boosts mental health and well-being. We’ll also aim to discuss how you can create a space that’s favourable for your own relaxation and happiness.
Meet the author.
Claire Mac is a parenting & lifestyle blogger based in Teesside. Claire blogs about her parenting journey but doesn’t let motherhood doesn’t define her. She shows her audience how to embrace being yourself and finding yourself outside of motherhood – Something which can easily get lost once small humans arrive. She’s an advocate for banishing mum guilt and embracing a non-judgemental view of motherhood. Her blog covers everything from family life to interior design to self-care and self-love and juggling freelance life. It’s a space not only for parents, but others looking for relatability, reassurance and encouragement.
5+ Ways Interior design boosts mental health and how to achieve it.
One of the most important elements in any interior design for healthy well-being is sunlight. Sunlight is essential for our physical and mental health. It helps regulate our circadian rhythms, which in turn helps us sleep better at night. It also helps boost mood and energy levels during the day. When designing a space be sure to incorporate plenty of natural light. This can be achieved by installing large windows or skylights, or by using light-coloured paint and mirrored surfaces to reflect light.
Use artificial light with purpose.
Not all rooms are blessed with natural light. Our home is filled with dark spaces and minimal windows, especially our master bedroom. Nothing we do seems to open up the space, so we chose instead to minimise it with dark colours and cosy textures. But for other dark spaces such as the far reaches of our living room, we’ve used artificial light that mimics natural daylight. While these may not be as good as natural light, they work surprisingly well where a skylight or window just isn’t possible.
It’s also recommended to install dimmers so that you can vary the level of light to match your mood. These were a big thing growing up in Ireland but have fallen by the wayside in millennial home design. Why not be one of the first to bring back the trend?
Another important aspect of interior design for well-being is the use of natural elements and bringing the outside in. Nature has a calming and grounding effect on the mind and body. Incorporating natural elements such as plants, wood and stone into a space can create a sense of connection to the natural world and promote a sense of peace and tranquillity.
Clutter can be overwhelming and can make a space feel cramped and uninviting. In order to create a space that promotes mental well-being, it’s important to keep things as minimal and organised as possible. This can be achieved by decluttering, getting rid of unnecessary items and creating a designated spot for everything. By keeping things simple and organised, you can create a space that is easy to navigate, promotes a sense of calm and makes it easier to relax and unwind.
The use of colour is an important aspect of any interior design. Different colours have different effects on the mind and body, and choosing the right colour scheme can help create a space that promotes relaxation, focus or even energy. Cool colours like blue and green are calming and promote relaxation, while warm colours like yellow and orange are energising and promote focus. Choosing a colour scheme that aligns with the desired mood of the space can help create a sense of balance and well-being.
Learn more about decorating your home in this post from A Life With Frills! This is especially helpful for anyone who has just purchased a new build home.
Make the Space Communal.
Finally, it’s important to make a space communal. A space that is cosy, yet designed for spending time with others can promote a sense of connection. This can be achieved by creating a comfortable living room, a dining area or a shared workspace. By making a space communal, you can create a space that is not only functional but also promotes social connections and a sense of community.
In conclusion, interior design for well-being is all about creating a space that is comfortable, and functional and promotes wellness. By incorporating these elements you can create a space that is truly conducive to relaxation and happiness. And in turn, this can help improve mental health. Remember to keep things simple, natural and easy on the eye, and you will have a space that promotes well-being and relaxation.
Remember your pets.
Pets are family, and therefore they deserve to be included in our home interiors. This can be as simple as adding a few extra blankets to your sofa for your furry companion. Or buying a fancy bed fit for a small, four-legged monarch. As cat owners, my husband and I take pride in our various cat trees, hiding spaces and cosy blankets. But, as you can imagine, our bed is the one place they both seem to congregate. No amount of towering structures or hiding spots seems to grab their attention for longer than a few moments. Despite this, we still consider both our girls when it comes to interior changes. Sometimes more than we even consider ourselves.
How else do you think interior design boosts mental health?
Maybe you’ve discovered different ways you can make interior design work for you and your family. Personally, I love to use dark colours in spaces I want to feel more enclosed and comforting. We’ve used black in our bedroom complimented by whites. And we further expect to use navy and other stormy colours in our living room to reduce the coldness of the space. But of course, this isn’t for everyone! Interior design is not only about boosting mental health, but it’s a personal preference!
My husband and I personally love designing and creating a home fit for us. It may not be to everyone’s tastes, but it’s a great way for us to work on something together. In the last year, we’ve reworked our bedroom into a cosy, mono-tone space, with accents of gold. And this year we plan to repaint our kitchen, and add various elements to a space that is still very much a ‘new build.’ While we may not follow all of Claire’s tips below, we incorporate the vast majority of them. We especially love adding elements of nature, and sunlight where our home allows.