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Interior Design Tips to Improve Well-Being

Interior design can play an important role in your well-being. While your home can be a restorative place that helps you unwind, it can also be a huge cause of stress. By considering these 12 interior design tips, you can create a relaxing, nourishing home environment that can help boost your mental and physical wellness.

Design & Style Your Home With Intent

Your home is your personal sanctuary, which means it should be designed in a way that makes you feel good. Try incorporating principles of neuroarchitecture into your design choices by considering how your body and mind react to your surroundings. Make adjustments in your space based on what feels right to you and what works best for your lifestyle. For instance, some people might feel better in a more minimalist home with decluttered spaces—while others might prefer a maximalist design for more personality, color, and energetic decor in the home. You can also incorporate feng shui in your home design to help you use space effectively and cultivate positive energy.

Let the Natural Light In

To help boost mood and productivity, let the natural light seep into your home. Not only does natural light look attractive in a space, but there are also many health benefits—like higher energy levels and increased serotonin levels—to natural light exposure. When designing your space, consider adding skylights or placing furniture by large windows to make the most of the daylight.

Use Space Wisely

The size of your home doesn’t have to negatively affect your well-being. Whether you live in a small apartment or a large house, you can prevent your living area from feeling too cramped or too empty by using space effectively. If you’re renovating or building a new home, consider an open-concept living space. Because there are fewer barriers in an open floor plan, it can lead to increased natural light, air circulation, and better social connection. If you live in a small space, place furniture along the edges of rooms to keep walkways clear and make the area feel more spacious. You can also create the illusion of more space by adding a large mirror to reflect natural light.

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Give Every Item a Home

Neutral living room with fireplace, built in shelving, and decorated coffee table. Photo by Instagram user @wowilovethat

Photo via @wowilovethat

Because of the link between clutter and stress, having a clear space can help elevate your mood. Decluttering unused items not only helps you more easily locate items you need, but it can also benefit you by boosting your mood, sharpening your focus, and relieving anxiety—making it an excellent feng shui tip for good health. Once you’ve decluttered, it’s important to designate spaces for the items you’ve chosen to keep so that your home can continue feeling open. Utilize decorative storage baskets or organizers that have both style and function for things you need to access often, or consider implementing hidden storage solutions for your kitchen, bathroom, or living room to reduce visual clutter.

Connect with Nature

Utilizing biophilic design in your home is a great way to absorb the psychological benefits of being in nature. Incorporating natural materials like wood or stone, an earth-toned color palette, or houseplants into your interior design may help reduce your stress levels and enhance creativity. Consider designing your home in an urban jungle style by adding various houseplants like spider plants, pothos, ZZ plants, or peace lilies throughout your space. In addition to improving air quality, caring for houseplants can also support cognitive health and a sense of well-being.

Bridge the Indoors & Outdoors

To help boost your well-being, find ways to get fresh air and sunlight from the comfort of your home! Letting in fresh air can help reduce indoor carbon dioxide levels, clear any unpleasant odors, and promote quality air flow. Exposure to sunlight gives you vitamin D and can offer health benefits, like improved sleep quality and better mental health. If you’re a homeowner, consider adding a sunroom, enclosed porch, or a retractable wall that opens to the outside. Renters can find ways to bridge their space with the outdoors, including opening windows or adding comfortable seating to your balcony!

Choose a Calm Color Palette

Bedroom with sage green accent wall. Photo by Instagram user @kovacsbuilders

Photo via @kovacsbuilders

More budget-friendly than a structural renovation, painting your home with mood-boosting paint colors is a great way to improve well-being in your home! If you want your space to feel relaxing, choose a color scheme that evokes comfort and calmness. A neutral color scheme with hues of white, beige, or brown can promote a feeling of warmth and cleanliness. If you prefer having walls with more color, go for a subdued, relaxing shade of blue or green. And for a cohesive, harmonious look, remember to coordinate your furniture with your chosen color palette.

Create a Cozy Atmosphere

Coffee table with Delphinium flower. Photo by Instagram user @megan.d.miller

Photo via @megan.d.miller

After a long day, come home to a calm environment that feeds your senses. Create a relaxing atmosphere with aromatherapy by adding fresh flowers, lighting candles, or diffusing essential oils for anxiety like lavender, ylang ylang, or lemon balm. Set the mood with proper lighting throughout the day by using lights with a white or blue hue to enhance mental alertness in the morning. Stimulate sleep-promoting melatonin production in the evening by using bulbs with a warm, soft glow. Sound also matters—make your space comfortable with music, a white noise machine, or small water fountain.

Block Out Unwanted Noise

two people chatting in an open living room with green couch and orange rug. Photo by Instagram user @houseoforange

Photo via @houseoforange

To help reduce stress, keep the loud noises out! While this isn’t a problem for everyone, those living near highways or in city centers should think of ways to keep external noises to a minimum. Noise pollution can negatively affect one’s mental well-being by increasing anxiety and sensitivity or interfering with sleep. To help block out unwanted noise, consider adding sound-absorbing decor such as doors, fluffy rugs, carpeting, and sound panels.

Have Fun with Wall Decor

When deciding how to decorate your walls, it’s important to choose decor that you find beautiful and meaningful—and to have a balance of activity on your walls. While busy walls may feel overwhelming, bare walls can make your space feel empty and impersonal. Instead of choosing decor based purely on popular design trends, find unique pieces that you love—like vintage items and art you enjoy, or personal items like family photos and diplomas.

Designate a Social Area

Connecting with others is essential for humans—it boosts a sense of fulfillment, improves quality of life, and may even lead to a longer lifespan. Use interior design to promote social well-being by designating a specific area in your home for hosting and socializing. This social space should be separate from your personal space and should have an inviting atmosphere, whether it be a living room, dining room, or loft. Fill this area with comfortable seating, places to set food or drinks, and soft furnishings for ultimate comfort. You’ll also want to make sure the area is not too loud, allowing for conversation.

Focus on the Bedroom

bedroom with green curtains and wooden ceiling. Photo by Instagram user @kathykuohome

Photo via @kathykuohome

Your bedroom is a place for you to recharge, rather than work or exercise. Try incorporating feng shui in your bedroom by placing your bed in the center of a wall to allow energy flow on both sides. You may also want embrace earth tones and invest in soft, high-quality bedding. Complete darkness is beneficial for sleep, so it’s a good idea to hang curtains over your window and adjust light levels according to the time of day. You could also invest in a sunrise alarm clock to mimic waking up to a natural sunrise—which is especially beneficial in dark winter months. And since blue light affects sleep negatively, electronics should be kept to a minimum in this area of your home.

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