There is a growing trend among interior designers to focus not solely on the aesthetics of living spaces but also on their value to personal wellbeing. Recent trends have also demonstrated that certain styles are being popular not only for their cultural value but also their complementary association with mental health, such as cottagecore, which is championed in part for the escape it allows residents from the stress associated with urban lifestyles.
As a result, homeowners are spending a greater amount of time and money considering the wellness aspect of their home’s features and design, which, in turn, is leading to a considerable change to how homes have traditionally been presented.
Nature In The Home
One of the most fundamental elements of creating a living space that promotes wellness is embracing nature. Those who have scoured social media platforms looking for wellbeing focussed interior designs are likely to have noticed recurring trends, such as large amounts of sunlight, natural colour palettes, and the prioritisation of traditional crafts and materials.
These design elements are useful when it comes to personal wellbeing because they create environments that draw from nature and the health benefits associated with being outdoors. Natural light, for example, helps to regulate circadian rhythms and, in the home, is associated with improved sleep patterns. Other decorative elements, such as houseplants, are associated with reduced stress and anxiety too.
A Space Of Respite
There is a tendency to utilise each room in a home for a practical purpose. While this can be an effective use of property, it can often lead to a home missing a space that is entirely for relaxing. Now, with the addition of professional and remote roles bringing employment into the home, some residents can feel constantly unable to relax.
In response to this, there is a rise in rooms being dedicated or created for the sole purpose of relaxation. These could be reading nooks nestled in attics or meditation rooms inside garden log cabins. The fundamental quality is that they allow residents to switch off from the presence of technology and practical pursuits, in a space that is designed to be a sanctuary to wellbeing.
Quality Of Life
There are fundamentals to life and these must be considered in the home. Water and air, for example, are two building blocks of health and are now being recognised as the core to effective wellbeing design in homes.
Airflow, for example, is not only important from an aesthetic point of view but also to ensure the regulation of moisture and prevent dampness on walls. Good ventilation also helps to maintain temperature and aroma too, promising the outdoors has a nicer scent than indoors that is!
Water has also long been part of effective interior design, with many designers looking to capture the element of water in biophillic design. However, in a more natural sense, the water quality of a home should be considered too, which is why filter systems are becoming more ubiquitous as residents recognise the importance of purified water on their health.