Our surroundings have a huge impact on how we feel, so it should come as no surprise that interior design can contribute to mental wellbeing. When you create an environment that’s relaxing, reassuring, inspiring, and motivating, it can help to balance other areas of your life. Furthermore, an interior that promotes mental wellbeing can enhance your happiness levels too and boost your mood.
At The Design Buzz, we’re dedicated to delivering wellness through interior design. By featuring a range of home accessories and furniture that combine the principles of wellbeing and design, we encourage designers and homeowners to promote wellness in their own environments and use interior design to its full potential. In the words of our founder, Shalini Misra:
“A sense of wellbeing and a harmonious lifestyle can be achieved through effective design.”
Combining Wellness and Design
The effects of interior design on wellness can be profound, even if you don’t realise it at first. If you’ve ever noticed how you feel instantly relaxed or at peace when you enter a room or a building, you’re experiencing the positive impact that design can have on your wellbeing, and this is something you can recreate in your own home or work environment. To get started, take a look at these tips and learn how to design interiors for happiness and mental wellbeing now:
1. Think About Your Lifestyle
Before you start redesigning a space, think about your lifestyle and what you need from the interior. After all, a space that isn’t functional is likely to cause frustration, rather than promoting relaxation. By organising the space efficiently, you can maximise its potential and its functionality, which leads to a more pleasing and satisfying environment.
2. Prioritise Natural Light
The health benefits of natural light are well-documented, so this is an important feature in any environment. While the architectural design of your home may be the biggest factor in how much natural light illuminates the space, the interior design and décor have a significant impact too.
Choosing minimal window treatments that allow the light to flow in can promote a sense of wellbeing and make a room feel lighter, for example. Additionally, using statement mirrors, like the Rays of Light Full Mirror by Reflections Copenhagen or the Twilight Wall Décor by Studio Peascod, reflects and maximises the natural light, as well as enhancing the aesthetic.
3. Choose Mood-Boosting Colours
When you’re planning interior design for wellness spaces, you’ll certainly want to be aware of how colour can affect your mood and emotions. The sense of security, loyalty and peace evoked by blue can make it the ideal choice for calm, relaxing spaces in your home, for example. Alternatively, the invigorating sense of energy and joy that yellow exudes, or the confidence and success associated with orange might make them the ideal shades for use in a home office.
When you want a space to promote feelings of freshness, health, and healing, explore the various shades of green and find a hue that works best for you. If you want to enjoy a luxurious or decadent environment, purple can be the ultimate colour choice.
Although many areas of your home may be multifunctional, try to focus on the room’s main purpose when choosing a colour palette. Of course, you needn’t go all out with one shade or even one colour. Simply integrating particular shades into a space enables them to have a positive impact on your mood and outlook.
4. Choose Natural Materials
Natural materials, such as responsible sourced timber, bamboo, leather, wicker and stone, help us to reconnect with nature and, in doing so, have a positive impact on our wellbeing. Commonly seen in biophilic interior design, this is something that can be incorporated into any theme to create a space that inspires happiness.
From hardwood flooring and exposed brickwork to marble furniture, like the Mani Dining Table by Hommes Studio, there are numerous ways to incorporate natural materials into your home. Similarly, the Mausam Designer Desk in Ash and Marble by Kam Ce Kam highlights how effortlessly you can use natural materials in a workspace too.
When you’re using natural materials to promote happiness and wellbeing, don’t miss the opportunity to choose sustainable options. At The Design Buzz, we’re dedicated to featuring sustainable furniture and home accessories, so you can enjoy a guilt-free product selection. The designers, craftsmen and artisans featured on the site are known for their use of natural and responsibly sourced materials, which means you can find spectacular pieces that amaze and delight while also being eco-friendly.
5. Combine Sociability with Privacy
The concept of wellness involves creating a balance in your life and you can do this by ensuring that your home has a variety of spaces and purposes. While some areas might be primed for social connections, it’s important to reserve more intimate spaces for quiet reflection and relaxation.
When you’re planning interior design for wellness spaces, try to incorporate these areas throughout the property. A room divider, like the Queen Heart Folding Screen by Royal Stranger or the Divaar Timber and Cane Room Divider by Kam Ce Kam, can be used to incorporate more zones into a large or open-plan space, for example.
Alternatively, incorporating seating in unexpected areas can encourage people to take a moment to embrace the stillness. Adding the Cobra S Armchair by Coleccion Alexandra to a landing or the Moa Bench by Hommes Studio to a foyer can be an effective way to incorporate wellness spaces into your home environment.
Using Interior Design to Enhance Wellness
As your home and workspace have such a significant effect on your wellbeing, the design and décor must be chosen to reflect this. By recognising the effects of interior design on wellness and incorporating this into your decision-making, you can embrace the many positive benefits that come from creating a space that enhances your wellbeing. From boosting your mood and reenergising you to promoting relaxation and peace of mind, using interior design to enhance wellness is a sure-fire way to ensure your surroundings have a positive impact.