Living Well by Design
Aligning the Mind and Body
When it comes to well-being, most of us do our best to take care of our bodies and our minds, yet often ignore the very spaces in which we live, work, play, and heal. In the realm of interior design, there is a fundamental shift in the way many designers and architects are planning and designing spaces. Integrating fully equipped home gyms, exercise rooms, or yoga/meditation spaces are all ways that the industry is helping to connect our external wellness activities to our internal environment. When you consider that we spend close to 90% of our time indoors, it is essential that we pay attention to our interior space planning to facilitate a more balanced life.
Many homeowners are looking for wellness, not only close to home, on a semi-annual trip to a wellness spa, or the occasional visit to a local spa, but also, within their homes. A few simple changes to the way we look at our interiors allow us to promote our health and well-being on a daily basis, with little to no effort.
The purpose of Holistic Interior Design is to create interior spaces that promote the well-being of people and the environment
On a larger scale, we can reduce our carbon footprint and source materials for renovations or builds that meet emissions reduction standards. But, considering how much time we spend indoors, and how our surroundings impact our physical and psychological health, overall design must ensure that we create ideal environments that align with who we are at the core, and that promote all aspects of well-being.
Considering how much time we spend indoors, and how our surroundings impact our physical and psychological health, overall design must ensure that we create ideal environments that align with who we are at the core
Many homeowners are building wellness pods or repurposing a shed or garage in their backyards as a separate accessible space for yoga, meditation, exercise, or simply, as a quiet space for rest and reflection.
Home gyms, yoga spaces, steam rooms, and plunge pools are also popular additions to many renovations plans or new builds, however, the integration of wellness practices and spaces do not always need to involve a major renovation or significant dollars. There are several key areas that can be addressed in our homes, very easily and cost-effectively, to promote and practise well-being, everyday.
Lighting is probably the biggest way to impact our environment and state of wellness when it comes to design.
Installing dimmer switches, layered window treatments to block out light for a restful sleep, and different levels of lighting (overhead lights, floor lamps, table lamps, accent lighting) are great ways to achieve this.
Other simple and highly effective implementations:
Add appropriate house plants to improve indoor air quality, and bring in soft surfaces, such as rugs and upholstered furnishings, to reduce noise and echoing throughout the space.
Drinking water filtration systems and air purification systems, in addition to a great mattress and pillow, made of non-toxic materials, are also cost-effective and non-invasive options that will move you along the road of living well, holistically.
Remember, sleep is the number one thing that can impact our physical and mental health. Creating that perfect oasis for those 7-8 precious hours everyday can make a world of difference.
Whether you want to implement big changes or small ones, there are many options for you to consider, and to embrace, on your journey of living well by design!