The exceptional times we now find ourselves living through place an unprecedented focus on our homes. The impact of the space we call home on the altered form many of our daily lives now take has taken on a new level of significance.
And so, we take a moment to consider how our homes can support our wellbeing and everyday lives in these unsettling times…
If curated to do so, our homes can act as a haven, providing sanctuary from a frenetic world in a very particular mode of existence. We can create opportunities to ensure our mental and emotional wellbeing is actively maintained and nurtured within the four walls we call home.
Placing the focus on our immediate surroundings and filling our homes with healthy triggers can have a positive impact on both our mood and our physical self. Visual prompts can provide support and motivation: a pantry stocked with fresh produce, a kitchen table with fresh flowers or an inviting nook always ready to be curled up in with a book.
Evoke a sense of calm to ease anxieties and embrace William Morris’ adage: “Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful” to create clean, balanced spaces capable of providing moments of peace.
Look at the layout.
A healthy home can help to form the foundation for a healthy life; rooms that inspire wellness help seamlessly integrate beneficial practices into our daily routines, so consider breathing new life into your space by looking afresh at the layout and flow of your home and furniture.
If you can, create individual spaces that allow for relaxation and productivity. Allow for spaces to linger and pause alongside areas for concentration and work, and reflect on how these rooms connect.
The design of our homes has to be carefully considered to seamlessly bring style, function and practicality together. Consider working in partnership with a talented designer to create bespoke pieces that suit you, your family and your space; unique to your style and bespoke to your needs, these pieces can improve lives every day.
Materials make a difference.
With its abundance of materials and finishes that evoke a sense of familiarity and comfort, the natural world is an obvious source of inspiration for introducing a sense of calm and tranquillity to our homes.
Natural materials and actual greenery promote a calming connection with our instinctive, organic surroundings – a tactile, sensory antidote to the super-slick technological world that connects human beings currently.
By inviting the outdoors in, be it in terms of colour palettes, actual greenery or the materials used to create the space, we are continually looking to reconnect with nature; drawing on the raw beauty of natural materials and their inherent warmth and tactility to provide comfort in these turbulent times.
Invite the outdoors in.
Further taking your cue from nature, pay attention to the natural rhythms of the day to make the most of instinctively balancing patterns.
Rooms can be orientated to catch the best light of the day, bringing with it an uplifting and calming effect, and be sure to make the most of your windows; keep them clean and well-maintained and pay close attention to where seating is placed in your home to maximise exposure to natural light.
Embracing the natural world, creating clean and clear spaces with a defined purpose and curating your home to fulfil its potential as a supportive sanctuary can all help create an environment that promotes self-care and wellness on a daily basis.
In these challenging, difficult and unsure times, the instinct to make our homes into calming, simple spaces we can retreat to just became a whole lot more important. So, perhaps we can embrace the opportunity to bring some wellness home?