In our fast-paced and demanding world, it is essential to create a living environment that promotes relaxation, rejuvenation, and overall well-being. While we often focus on external factors such as exercise, diet, and self-care routines to maintain a healthy lifestyle, the impact of interior design on our well-being is often overlooked. Our surroundings play a crucial role in shaping our mood, behaviour, and overall mental and physical health. In this article, we will explore how interior design can significantly influence your overall wellness – and how the power of creating the right environment can bring real beauty to your life.

This article is a guest contribution from Professional Furniture Restyler Andi Gregg. Andi specialises in beautiful handpainted bird furniture designs and creating stunning artwork bespoke for your home interior.

How Interior Design Can Affect Your Overall Wellness – 5 key principles to consider 

  1. Colour psychology
  2. Lighting
  3. Space
  4. Biophilic Design
  5. Ergonomics

1. Colour Psychology

Colours have a profound impact on our emotions and well-being. Warm colours like red, orange, and yellow can evoke feelings of energy and enthusiasm, while cooler tones like blue and green promote calmness and relaxation. By carefully selecting and incorporating colours into your interior design scheme, you can create a space that supports your desired emotional state, whether it be a serene bedroom, a vibrant living room, or a productive home office.

    2. Lighting

    Natural light is a vital component of a healthy living environment and can make such a difference to your overall wellness. Exposure to natural light has been linked to improved mood, increased productivity, and better sleep patterns. When designing your space, maximize the amount of natural light that enters by using light-coloured curtains or blinds, strategically placing mirrors to reflect sunlight, and ensuring unobstructed windows. Additionally, consider incorporating artificial lighting solutions that mimic natural light, as they can positively impact your circadian rhythm and overall well-being.

      3. Clutter-Free Spaces

      A cluttered and disorganized space can lead to increased stress, decreased productivity, and a sense of being overwhelmed. By embracing design principles that keep your living spaces organised, you can create an environment that promotes clarity, focus, and a sense of tranquility. Introduce clever storage solutions, declutter regularly, and only keep items that are necessary or bring you joy. For smaller spaces where functionality and flexibility are as important as style, look for solutions that can multi task. One of my most popular designs are my hand painted vintage bureaus – these can be a desk, storage, entertainment centre – the possibilities are vast and as they are designed around the beauty of nature, they give you that biophilic element too (see below for more on biophilic design!)

        4. Biophilic Design

        Biophilic design aims to connect us with nature by incorporating natural elements into indoor spaces. Studies have shown that exposure to nature can reduce stress levels, improve cognitive function, and enhance overall well-being. To incorporate biophilic design into your home, you can introduce plants, natural materials like wood and stone, and natural patterns and textures into your interior design to create a calming and rejuvenating atmosphere. Even a small indoor garden or a few potted plants can have a significant positive impact.

        5. Ergonomics and Comfort

        Creating a comfortable and ergonomic space is crucial for maintaining physical health and well-being. Consider the ergonomics of your furniture, ensuring that it provides proper support for your body. Invest in a good quality mattress and ergonomic office chair to support healthy sleep and posture. Incorporate cosy and inviting elements like soft textiles, comfortable seating, and plush rugs to create a space that promotes relaxation and comfort.

         

        Interior design goes well beyond aesthetics; it has the power to really shape our overall well-being. By consciously designing our living spaces to align with our emotional, physical, and psychological needs, we can create an environment that supports and enhances our overall wellness. From choosing the right colours and lighting to creating clutter-free and biophilic spaces, every design decision can contribute to a healthier and more balanced lifestyle. So, take a closer look at your living spaces and make thoughtful changes that will positively impact your well-being. If you are inspired by the thought of updating your home interior to impact your wellness and would like to add something beautiful and bespoke to one of your rooms, then why not get in touch and lets chat?

        Much love,

        Andi xx