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How To Design A Happy, Healthy Home

Healthy home interior desing – As we spend so much of our time inside – often up to 90% of the day – it’s important for our wellbeing that we design our interior spaces to help us relax and unwind.

But how can we achieve that? How can we design our homes so that we feel energized, positive and enthusiastic about life, but calm and relaxed at the same time?

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Here, our Design Director, Rachael Kilby-Tyre (BIID) reveals 4 easy ways to creating a happy, healthy home and healthy interior spaces.

1. Sleep Well

Sleep is key to our mental and physical health.

Studies show that most of us are simply not getting enough sleep, which can increase anxiety and stress levels.  The importance of sleep is now deemed so important that the Government plans to give national guidelines on how many hours sleep we should aim for.

A lack of vital shut-eye can play havoc on our work and social lives, so it’s a good idea to create a relaxing, calm bedroom to achieve that elixir 7 hours a night sleep and ensure a feeling of wellness.

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Decluttering and good storage to hide things away will help create a feeling of order and serenity in a bedroom.  Make sure too that the temperature of your room suits your needs – with a well-ventilated space in summer and bed throws in the winter to add a sense of cosiness and warmth.

2. Wake Up To Wellness

After a good night’s sleep, how can you create an interior space to make you feel positive about the day ahead?

Having a soft carpet or rug to sink your toes into when you get up can feel luxurious. Adding a favourite accessory or artwork opposite your bed, so it’s the first thing you see, can be a fabulous way to feel inspired and positive.

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Add plants! ‘Biophilic design’ is ‘big’ in interiors at the moment, where plants help us connect with the natural environment. Group plants together and add a fluffy throw on a favourite chair for comfort and relaxation.

3. Calm Colours

The colours we choose to decorate our homes can transform a space. Some colours can energize and others are more calming.

Green, as the colour of nature gives a relaxing feel in a home. Choose a rich palette of greens and consider some botanical prints and plants to enhance the feel of nature around you.

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Or choose a simple, monochromatic colour scheme where you select the shades, tints and tones of just one colour. Go from light to dark to create a relaxing colour palette – choosing warmer hues for north-facing rooms and cooler for south-facing.

4. Spark Joy

Marie Kondo, the famous organising consultant advises us to have something in our home which ‘sparks joy’.

And this can help with our sense of wellbeing too.

Designing your home, with items to reflect your personality and lifestyle will make your space feel personal and bring you a sense of serenity.

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Accessories picked up on a fabulous holiday, or artwork to remind you of a special place, a saying or phrase which inspires you, photographs of loved ones or items to reflect your interests will all enhance a sense of wellbeing in your home.

A life-affirming space, designed by you will give you a sense of achievement, pride and happiness in your home.

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How To Design A Happy, Healthy Home

Rachael Kilby-Tyre (BIID) is Design Director at My Interior Design School.

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