Many people don’t realise just how much our environment can affect our mood, behaviour and overall comfort. We can support our mental, emotional, and social well-being by creating a calm, inspiring environment in our homes. If you are looking to use interior design to support your mental health, here are some ideas to get you started.
Firstly, there is nothing more frustrating than a messy space full of clutter. Feel more relaxed and in control by keeping your space minimalistic with items that evoke warmth, memory, and happiness. Every piece of furniture or decor should have a purpose and a place. Accordingly, a calm, minimalistic room is also easier to clean, which can reduce stress and anxiety.
Bringing plants into your personal space has been proven to reduce stress, lessen anxiety and even keep you healthier. Studies have also shown that exposing yourself to greens and blues in your home, significantly reduces depression in people living in urban spaces. Also, houseplants improve air quality, which can better our cognitive performance. All in all, plants make us happier. So, consider adding a few plants to your home to create a sense of calm and rejuvenation.
LET THE LIGHT IN
Make sure your interior space has enough natural sunlight. Sunlight contains serotonin, which is a natural mood booster. Serotonin also helps us feel calmer and more focused. So not only is natural sunlight full of vitamin D, but it also helps strengthen our bones, naturally lowers our blood pressure, improves our mood, and helps with better quality sleep, all of which greatly contribute to our physical well-being.
The colours you bring into your home can have a significant impact on your productivity. For example, orange and yellow stimulate your appetite, pink and red can ignite passion and mental energy, and creativity and productivity are boosted by the tones of purple. So sighter-toned colours like beige and passive greys can help a space feel brighter and lighter, which can create a more relaxed and less stressful atmosphere.
BRING THE BEAUTIFUL
“The home should be the treasure chest of living.” — Le Corbusier
Incorporate small pieces in your home that make you happy. Let’s call this emotional interior design. For example, a simple small vase or sculpture, fresh flowers, an art piece or a decorative throw or pillow can all brighten up your space and make it feel more inviting. Brighten up a plain wall with beautiful wallpaper, add mirrors to reflect positive light and make the space feel bigger. Fill your home with things that make you happy.
In summary, by following these interior design and home decor ideas, you can support your mental health, starting in your own home. Remember, your home is your cocoon – make it a beautiful and safe space where your mindset and well-being are refreshed and prioritised.
We welcome you to contact us, so we can discuss your project together. We know it can be overwhelming to choose the correct interior style, but all it takes is a bit of understanding and exploring all the exciting possibilities and options.
By Leanne Miltiadou, Home Decorator, Roomzly