IDEAS FOR BRINGING WELLNESS INTO YOUR HOME
As a professional interior designer in Bergen County, NJ, I am often asked to help families improve how they live. Being around your familiar and comforting belongings makes you feel happy. Your décor can boost that feeling and give you a better sense of well-being.
#1. DOES COLOR PLAY A ROLE IN OUR WELL-BEING?
Definitely. Color has a massive effect on our moods. The colors we select are at the center of our satisfaction. These are some examples of what color can do in specific areas of the home:
Accents of yellow work well to elevate your mood, promote your creativity and vitality.
BED AND BATH.
Green is a driver here. It promotes regeneration and renewal. This is a great restorative for the places we seek an oasis from the world.
Bolder colors here encourage energy in our mood. Touches of certain colors or even whole spaces in these colors are great tones such as turquoise, fuchsia and tangerine. Whether it is found in a pillow or a vase, it elevates the background to a higher level.
Accessories are perfect ways to add an impact without spending loads of money.
#2. CAN I ADD MORE COMFORT TO MY SPACE?
Rounded or curved shapes and forms that envelope you in seating add a snuggle factor to your room. It is very on trend right now.
By adding more texture–like cozy throws, a shaggy sheep skin or a textured soft pillow, you can achieve a warm and inviting quality to your rooms.
Oversized pieces are a great way to nurture and add well-being when you feel small and safe in them.
Having a dedicated space for certain activities adds an element of comfort to you routines. This may be an area where you work out, meditate, read, listen to music, etc.
Bring in some nature from outdoors with plants or flowers to freshen things up. If you have a view of nature from your rooms consider that a big plus. Try not to cover it up with heavy drapery and let the light in.
Natural light and good ventilation helps make you feel happier!
#3. WHAT SHOULD I BE CONCERNED ABOUT?
Try to eliminate harmful things in your home.
If you purchase new furniture or carpeting, try to ensure it doesn’t “off-gas” which is harmful to your health if you breathe it in. Furniture can contain formaldehyde which is a carcinogen, even though it has been banned. Low VOC paints are a must if you are doing any painting.
An HVAC purifier or filter on your unit can capture the small, air-born particles that can harm you.
A whole-house water filter is a great way to save your skin, your hair, your appliances and your plumbing! especially if you live in a hard water area.