During these times of being quarantined in our houses, I imagine that many are asking themselves, “is my Home Environment Affecting my Mental Well Being”? In the past, we were so busy just getting through the day that we often did not pay attention to the space around us.
Now is the perfect time to evaluate your surroundings and how they make you feel. From small modifications to a complete renovation, the home can convert from a cause of stress or isolation to a refuge for calmness and relaxation and even creativity.
Ask Yourself: Is my Home Environment
Affecting my Mental Well Being?
An Exercise: What is it that makes you feel
more at peace in your home?
How do you feel as you move through your home, and where do you spend your time? Observe how you react to each room. Does the current layout work for you, or are you continually stepping on family members in the kitchen? Is the mudroom a jumble of shoes and backpacks and grocery bags? Does the accent wall that you painted, no longer look like it was a good idea?
From the stream of natural and artificial light and the colors that surround us, to the presence of plants and natural elements, slight but pervasive factors can enhance mood, concentration, and relieve anxiety. Humans automatically respond to spaces that encourage productivity, closeness, and healing.
Layout and Architecture
It is no surprise that open concepts in homes have become so popular. Research has shown that open spaces are beneficial to mental health as they connect us with others and we see these spaces as beautiful and more welcoming. The most popular related trend is to expand the kitchen into the dining room and/or opening a kitchen wall to connect the family room by removing a wall. Which makes perfect sense since the kitchen and family room is where most of us spend the bulk of our time.
Take a look at the kitchen on the left before it was renovated. It is cramped and unwelcoming and does not allow more than one person. The kitchen was updated by removing the wall to the dining room, which allowed us to expand the kitchen and create a large island, more counter space and even a lovely banquet area. Read More
Kitchen designed and remodeled done by Designer Premier designer Lindsay.
The Key to Designing a Small Room
However, this does not mean these areas need to be significant; the key is to design a room so that it feels spacious and functions well. In actual fact, spaces that are too large create a feeling of isolation.
The kitchen below is a small galley kitchen which is made to feel more spacious by the raised ceilings and the contrast of light and dark colors.
Kitchen designed and remodeled by Designer Premier designer, Julee
Color As Medicine
Fostering mental health through interior design goes back thousands of years, as does color therapy also known as chromotherapy or color medicine.
Color can cause feelings of boredom and calmness, or stimulation and liveliness. https://www.designerpremier.com/psychological-properties-of-colors/
Certain colors may cause the nervous system to become agitated and the body to react in negative ways. Understanding how color affects an environment is important knowledge to have, especially when designing a space for someone with special needs, like an ADD child or adult.
Transitioning colors from room to room is hard for most people but is super easy for us. Using color to create a home that welcomes and embraces its owners is our specialty. We understand color and how it affects you emotionally and physically.
Color is the most crucial and powerful of the elements of design. A professional Color Consultation is the least expensive and easiest way to transform your home. Learn More
Benjamin Color Trends 2020 palette
Research points to spectrum’s of colors that effect different parts of the body!
Does this mean you paint your whole home with bright shades of yellow to spike energy? Actually, it’s the opposite as researchers at Logan Regional Hospital in Logan, Utah discovered that overly lively color schemes produce an increased state of unease and anxiety.
Trends in home color for 2020, encompass colors that are soft, muted, but not pastel. They are about creating a tranquil, peaceful environment.
So, how did you answer our question: Is my Home Environment Affecting my Mental Well Being?
If you have found your home to be less than a perfect place to be quarantined let us help change it from a stress state to a place of refuge and joy.
Our designers understand how your home environment effects your health. We have boundless resources and ideas to meet most budgets and to improve your day-to-day life and long-term happiness.
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