Imagine designing your space not only for functionality and aesthetics but also for wellness. The way you live in your space relates directly to your overall wellness. Studies have shown strong correlations between aesthetics and how we feel in the inside. Some countries have been designing with environmental psychology in mind for a long time, but for the western world, it’s a bit of a newer concept. However, many designers and consumers are starting to understand the great benefits that come along with creating beautiful and functioning spaces.

Studies have shown employees are more productive under an environment which is aesthetically pleasing. If your space has been designed well, you are most likely to be happier and perform better. However, if your space is not functioning the way you live, it can cause a lot of stress in your life. Designing for wellness means to use design to make people feel better about living in a space, and enhance their quality of life by making the space more beneficial in their everyday use.

What are some things you can change in your space to make you feel better and be more productive? Let’s take a look!

The Effect of Color

The power of color is great, and the strongest experience you can have with a space is through the use of color. The moment you walk into a room you have a connection or a vibe. Is the space inviting? Is the space a relaxing environment, or is the space reminding you to remain composed? You get certain vibes when you walk into an environment.

The design of a space will communicate with you what the vibe of that environment should be. Sometimes this connection is so strong a space can seem intimidating and we may even lower our voices. Sometimes, the space is fun and energetic and we feel relaxed and our behavior is a little less composed.

Color has the tremendous ability to influence your mood and feelings. When you are selecting a color palette, think of the effect you want to create. Colors rich in saturation, like reds and oranges, are rich in vibrancy and tend to be more energetic. Energetic hues are ideal for transitional spaces, rather than living spaces, because you want the people living in the space to have the opportunity to heal and relax.

Be sure to keep vibrant colors away from an office space or a bedroom. In contrast, neutrals and cooler colors like grays, blues, and greens can be soothing and more appropriate for bedrooms, or office space.

The Right Lighting Makes a Difference

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Nothing beats the benefits of natural lighting. Natural lighting helps with seasonal depression, so people are happier and calmer under natural lighting. It enhances hormone productions, and deliver vitamin D which is an essential mineral to help the body’s immune system. Natural lighting is also free and helps with conserving energy and resources. Pull back the drapes and let the sunshine in!

Use reflective surfaces to allow the natural light to reflect throughout your space. Use light colors and lightweight fabrics to allow sunlight to reflect back into your space.

In the absence of natural light use lightbulbs higher in CRI (Color Rendering Index), which will mimic natural light. An easy and affordable way to refresh your space is with lighting. Switch out your light bulbs to higher than 80% CRI, and see how your space transforms, and your productivity soars.

Clutter-Free Living Contributes to “Happiness”

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There are strong correlations between a neatly organized environment and your brain’s ability to relax and feel happier. You’d probably thought a disorganized closet, a messy room, junk mail on the table, and newspapers piled up by the front door can’t do much harm, but what if I told you your brain is being affected by all that clutter?

Research has shown that when you declutter your space, you improve the way you feel, you are able to concentrate on tasks and improve your productivity levels.

When clutter takes over it can be a huge burden on your senses. Clutter creates anxiety and stress, it’s a constant reminder of all the work still lingering in your space. Get rid of the clutter.

Some effective ways to remove the clutter is to live minimally, organize and purge often. Have a system for donating things you no longer use or need. Have a place for everything. Eliminate the junk drawer. Have systems and methods for everything in your life. When you don’t have clutter in your space, you know where things are, and you can be more efficient.

Improve Your Air-Quality, Improve Your Health

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Bad air quality can affect the way you feel. It can cause headaches, nausea, allergies, and even more severe illnesses. Dust, mold, and animal dander contribute to allergies in the space, and if left unattended can lead to other chronic illnesses. Additionally, spaces can contain chemicals gassing out of building materials and furniture.

Formaldehyde is a very toxic chemical commonly used to make cabinets, particleboard, and furniture. VOCs can also be found in house paints, adhesives, carpets, and wood paneling. Some of these chemicals can linger in your space for a long time.

Thankfully, today’s options are so much better than ever before, including furniture, paints and adhesive products with little to no VOCs. Even organic options are now available to maintain your environment and family safe from toxic materials.

Also, it’s important to keep filtration systems up to date to control your indoor air quality. We consider our home to be the safest place, and it should be. To keep your environment safe, learn more about the products you are inviting into your environment, and understand how they are made.

Include natural elements in your design space. Plants, hardwood floors, natural textures and panoramic windows all mimic nature and the outdoors. Our brains love being in the outdoors, and the benefits from inviting natural elements into your space are less stress, calming and soothing effects.

Designing for wellness is just as important as designing for beauty and style.

Looking to freshen up your space? Give me a call, I can help you achieve just that! Visit or call (858) 432-6800.

Claudia Davis | Owner, Interior Designer | House and Harmony Design Studio

Claudia Davis is a native of San Diego, California, and longtime resident of the beautiful coastal community of Carlsbad. She received her Bachelors in History of Art and Interior Design at San Diego State University. The daughter of a furniture fabricator, Claudia was surrounded by fabrics, furnishings, color, and latest trends in the residential and commercial world. She created House and Harmony with the sole intent to deliver interior design services that are functional and stylish, practical and luxurious, but without the stuffiness.

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