As the societal conversation around mental health and wellbeing continues to grow, more and more people are looking for ways to improve their own. And one of the best places to start is your home.
You might not have thought about it, but your home environment is a big part of your mental wellbeing. The space around you directly influences your mood, so if you improve your overall layout and design, your wellbeing can improve too. Everyone deserves a home that they love being in – and we want to help you create yours. Read our guide for 6 steps to follow when looking to balance your wellbeing in the sanctuary of your home.
1. Bring natural elements into the home to reconnect with nature
The concept of ‘Biophillia’ suggests that humans are significantly happier when surrounded by nature. Bringing natural elements into the home can reconnect us to the outdoors, and, in turn, boost our moods. Plants are a key part of this – but there are lots of other ways to bring nature in. By incorporating the following things into your home, you can benefit from the sensory variation that we experience in the natural environment:
• Including plants, getting a weekly flower delivery, painting walls green and adding a water feature can help us feel connected to nature.
• Natural materials like wood or stone can offer the texture and pattern variations that we experience in natural surroundings.
• Ensuring drapes and curtains are kept open during the day offers a source of natural light.
• Photos and wallpaper with natural patterns can also enable a symbolic connection to nature.
2. Introduce indoor plants to improve air quality and productivity
We want you to think beyond plants – but don’t forget about them! Plants are aesthetically pleasing to have at home and they also have proven psychological benefits.
Some plants purify the air of a space by removing any toxins, which can help us breathe better. This encourages feelings of calm and relaxation. Some of these plant examples include but are not limited to, aloe vera, peace lily, snake plant and a weeping fig.
House plants look great in any room, as well as helping to reduce stress levels, increase productivity and improve mood and attention span.
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3. Choose the right colour palette for a room’s purpose
The colours of the rooms in your home are a direct reflection of your personality and can influence your mood and thoughts. Instead of thinking about colour trends when decorating your home, you should think about how the colour makes you feel. Picking a room’s colours is down to personal taste and a room’s purpose.
Colour affects people in many ways, depending on age, gender, ethnic background and climate. Certain colours, or groups of colours, tend to get a similar reaction from most people – the variations come from the shades or tones used. This is why it’s so important to choose colours wisely when it comes to decorating.
Light colours are expansive and airy, making rooms seem larger and brighter. Dark colours are sophisticated and warm; they give large rooms a more intimate appearance.
4. Use lighting to improve your mood
Lighting is a powerful tool when it comes to our mental wellbeing – it can affect our bodies and our mood.
Warm lights can make an environment feel more welcoming and relaxing. They’re perfect for communal areas, such as a living room. Candles give your home a cosy feel during the evenings and are delightful when lit before bed. You can also consider dimmer switches to improve your sleep – regulating by winding down bright light sources in the evening.
Cooler lights are often quite stimulating, making us feel more alert and focused. Put them to good use in a home study or office space to help improve productivity.
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5. Add rounded shapes to your space to provide balance
Spherical shaped or rounded furniture and homeware can create a sense of balance, calm and harmony in your home.
Something as simple as adding a rounded mirror in a bathroom, hanging a spherical pendant light in a bedroom, or using a rounded coffee table in a living room can help a room feel more balanced and serene.
6. Eliminate clutter to destress
Researchers have found that clutter can affect your brain’s ability to concentrate and process information. A decluttered home can encourage a decluttered mind and help you to destress.
Decluttering can be a challenging process for people with strong sentimental attachment to certain items. However, getting rid of possessions we no longer need can be a cleansing process for your home and increase your overall wellbeing.
A great place to start is organising your clutter into piles for distribution – keep, donate and sell. Once you’ve decided what you’re going to keep, it’s time for some reorganisation and decisions on where to store your stuff. You don’t want junk sitting on tables and shelves; a great way to avoid this is to include storage furniture around your home.
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