Have you noticed that some interiors make you feel unwell, while others improve your mood? There’s a science behind that. Because we spend so much time indoors, the spaces we occupy have an impact on our minds. Environmental psychology examines the interaction between humans and interior spaces. It suggests that colors, proportions, scale, configuration, lighting, acoustics, materials, and accessories affect our senses, producing a spectrum of feelings and behaviors.
A cluttered home creates a cluttered mind. Having too many things around the house affects not only your mood and focus, but it can also make tidying up far more difficult. This is a problem we may not pay too much attention to when we’re younger, but it becomes more challenging as we age.
Understandably, it can be difficult to get rid of some things that may carry emotional significance. But you’ll need to make conscious decisions and keep only the things that are useful or have great sentimental value. Furthermore, by avoiding bulky furniture and opting for minimalistic items with tall legs, you will create a sense of spaciousness.
Set the Temperature and Lighting Just Right
The best light your home can have is sunlight, and you’ll find various studies proving the positive effects of natural light on mental wellbeing. So, if you can, invest in larger windows or skylights. It could also help to get rid of heavy drapery and use sheer curtains instead.
When natural light is not an option, use the next best thing. LED bulbs that emit warm tones are the best choice.
For the bedroom, you’ll need blackouts that can prevent street lights and car lights from interrupting your sleep. And speaking of sleep quality, you should also set your thermometer to the ideal temperature for sleeping. Depending on various factors, that’s going to be somewhere around 65 degrees Fahrenheit.
Connect with Nature
Besides sunlight, other natural elements can also help ensure your home has a positive effect on your wellness. A 2009 study suggests that the use of wood in interiors is beneficial to mental health. Wooden structures tend to produce a calming effect because they make the room feel warmer and more comfortable.
This is definitely a reason to include as many wooden furniture items as possible and use wood as a flooring material. An organic sense to your home can also be added with stone, clay, water features, and, of course, houseplants. Plants are not only in charge of promoting a good mood, but they’re also striking visual elements and toxin eliminators.
Make It Less Noisy
Noise pollution can be a health hazard, especially for older adults. Depending on the neighborhood you live in, noise can pose a big problem. Even if you are in a quiet neighborhood, the noise from the outside and the noise from the other rooms in your house can be an issue when you are trying to sleep. Sound insulation from the outside is important, but you can also install acoustic paneling in shared walls to ensure sounds don’t transfer. You can also try incorporating soft materials and artwork that will absorb the sound and pocket doors.
Increase the Comfort
Wellness-focused design requires comfortable and ergonomic décor, both in terms of anatomy and psychology. The interior should be occupied with furniture that is cozy for sitting as well as aesthetically pleasing. The visual comfort can be increased by adding several textures (such as shag rugs and warm blankets) and throw pillows.
Paint It with the Right Colors
Colors have a powerful effect on the vibe of a room, and consequently, on the mood of the people who occupy it as well. While the choice of color is mostly a matter of personal taste, it’s important to keep in mind that some colors can be overstimulating or understimulating for certain rooms. Neutral colors are generally the most accepted because they can establish balance and serve as the perfect background for other design interventions. There are also some rules when it comes to using colors in different rooms. One of the most important rules here is that bright stimulative colors shouldn’t be used in the bedroom.
Finally, add finishing touches with items that are dear to you, such as family photos, souvenirs, or other accessories of sentimental value. Just make sure you keep it minimal – remember what we said about clutter.