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The Role of Wellness in Interior Design

The Role of Wellness in Interior Design

As an interior design studio, we help people fall madly in love with their home. Our clients are often experiencing meaningful life changes (moving to a new city, retiring, growing a family, etc.) and that usually means that we’re designing spaces that support their well-being through and beyond these life transformations.

Our work starts by recognizing the purpose of home. Home is where we spend the majority of our time, and it’s where we get the ability to restore and recharge ourselves away from the beautiful, yet chaotic world around us. As such, the design of our living spaces can have a significant impact on our physical and mental well-being. From the colors on the walls to the materials used in construction, every aspect of our home environment can affect our health and happiness.

In this blog post, we will explore the importance of designing a home that supports health and wellness and the benefits of creating a healthy home environment.

Wellness & Design : The importance of designing a healthy home environment

At our studio, we know that the relationship between home design and health is incredibly close and interconnected. Factors such as natural light and ventilation, color, and healthy building materials used in construction all play a role in shaping our environment to create a healthy home and can either support or undermine our health. For example, a well-designed home with ample natural light and good ventilation can help improve our mood, while exposure to toxic building materials can harm our physical health. By making health and wellness an intentional consideration in home design, we create living spaces that promote our client’s happiness, comfort, and overall well-being.

How can you ensure that your home is designed for wellness? Here are a few tips for your consideration.

Three key areas take priority

Your bedroom, kitchen, and bathroom are the three key areas to focus on first when designing a healthy home environment. These are the spaces where you will recharge and refuel. 

A well-designed, tranquil, and calming bedroom can greatly improve sleep quality. A comfortable bed and bedding, along with the right lighting, textures, and temperature, can create a calm and relaxing environment that supports restful sleep.

Wellness & Design : The importance of designing a healthy home environment

Kitchen design plays a crucial role in supporting healthy meal preparation. A well-designed kitchen should have ample counter space for food preparation, proper storage for healthy ingredients, and easy-to-use appliances. Access to natural light, good ventilation, and ergonomic design can also enhance the cooking experience and make it more enjoyable. By incorporating these elements into the kitchen design, it becomes easier to prepare healthy meals and create a healthy home environment.

Wellness & Design : The importance of designing a healthy home environment

The bathroom can also be designed to support self-care, with features such as relaxing colors, comfortable lighting, and ample storage. Healthy building materials are critical and should be used during the bathroom construction process. Design with eco-friendly and non-toxic materials such as high-quality woods, healthy home flooring, and natural stone countertops. Scents are very important in your bathroom, so amp up the essential oils and flameless scented candles.

Wellness & Design : The importance of designing a healthy home environment

Optimizing indoor air quality is a must

Indoor air quality is critical to our health, and there are many ways to improve it. Consider adding real plants to your home, as they can help to purify the air. If you’re like me, you probably need low-maintenance indoor plants that require little effort to keep alive. 

Choose healthy building materials and furnishings that do not emit harmful chemicals, and make sure your home has proper ventilation. Use smart thermostats and systems to regulate the temperature and airflow throughout your home, especially during those very frigid or steaming hot days. 

While you should always ensure your indoor systems are fine-tuned, never underestimate the power of raising a window or opening a screen door. Allowing fresh, outdoor air into your home can help boost your mood and lift your spirits on those days when extra self-care is needed.

Incorporate wellness amenities in your home

Treat your home as if it has the same intention as a spa resort: to create an environment for relaxation and restoration. To achieve this intent, your home has to have amenities that feel personalized to you and your needs. For example, including a fitness area in your home can encourage regular exercise. Create a yoga room or mini-home gym that supports you in prioritizing your physical well-being. A crafting or hobby space can also be designed to support relaxation and reduce stress.

Wellness & Design : The importance of designing a healthy home environment
Wellness & Design : The importance of designing a healthy home environment

In our interior design process, we often ensure our clients have dedicated space for their most cherished hobby or craft. We’ve designed a variety of hobby-supporting spaces, from reading rooms to jewelry-making stations. And finally, incorporate outdoor living spaces such as balconies, patios, and gardens that give you that zen oasis at home. When designing these areas, consider lighting, colors, and materials to create a calming and supportive environment.

Designing your home for health and wellness can have a significant impact on your physical and mental well-being. By considering important factors and tips, you can create a living environment that supports your health and happiness. Remember to prioritize wellness in your home design, and make changes that support your health and well-being.

Delivering a design that enables our client to recharge, day after day, in a space they enjoy living in, optimized for their life now - that’s what matters to us at Sims + Co. Design.

Ready to create your own home oasis? Covering all of North Carolina and beyond, our interior designers are ready to help you optimize your space with the perfect design to meet your unique health and wellness needs.

To get started, book your free 30-minute discovery call today!

What our

Clients are saying

“I moved into a new house and had no idea how to decorate my bedroom. Jasmine was there to help me with every step of the process. She made sure to understand my preferences with color schemes and aesthetics, and she provided me with multiple options to choose from. Whenever I had questions, she was always communicative and I never felt uncomfortable reaching out to her.

Now I have an amazing space that I love. Thank you, Jasmine!”

Jessica, Charlotte NC

“Jasmine helped take out so much confusion and overwhelm in planning out a move into my new townhome. She is thorough, efficient and a pleasure to work with! It was my first time working with an interior designer, and I'm grateful I found Jasmine. Trust her process and you will not be disappointed!”

Frank, Durham, NC

“Working with Jasmine was amazing. Everything from design to implementation was spot on. My style as we discussed was brought to life.”

Donald, Charlotte NC

“I literally sleep better having beautiful design surrounding me. Thank you Jasmine for your amazing vision and deliberate execution!”

Ray, Washington DC

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