Design Tips That Sustain Mental Health

The environment you're in can make a huge difference in your daily well-being. So, when life is stressful or overwhelming, you need a positive and relaxing space to find respite. Try these five interior design tips, and life hacks to turn your home into the sanctuary you so desperately deserve.

Lighting

Optimizing the light in your home is a good way to boost mental health. Rooms without much light can feel confined, whereas bright rooms feel more open and spacious, which helps instill positivity and tranquility. 

Consider ways in which you can increase the amount of natural light in your room. While it might not always be possible to add more windows or make them bigger, there are other things you can do to ensure they're letting in as much light as possible. Keep the area in front of and immediately around your windows clear, and choose light curtains or blinds that can be pulled completely clear of the window. 

Position the main furniture in each room where it will get the best light—for example, move your sofa into the brightest part of your living room so when you intend on a relaxing sit, you're catching as much of that rejuvenating light as possible.

Bring nature inside

Biophilic design, the idea of connecting our interiors more closely with nature, is associated with improved well-being and mental health.

One of the simplest ways to bring nature into your home is to add some greenery. It's been shown that plants can reduce stress levels and anxiety, plus they can improve your indoor air quality, which also impacts your mental health.

Opt for organic materials, as in not artificial such as wooden floorings, rattan or bamboo furniture, and cotton, wool, or linen fabrics. Choosing more natural materials can help you feel more grounded and create a cozy, relaxed atmosphere important for mental health.

Soothing spaces

Good sleep is vital for your mental well-being, and your bedroom design can significantly impact your quality of sleep. If you struggle to drift off at bedtime or wake up frequently, you can make a few changes to improve how you sleep. 

First, turn off those screens an hour or two before your intended bedtime. The blue light they give off and, more importantly, the plethora of content you're taking in on social media and Netflix rev our brains up rather than down, making it hard to turn them off when it's time to sleep. 

Invest in blackout curtains or blinds that block out any outside light so that it's completely dark in your bedroom. Heavy curtains will also help to block out noises that might keep you awake. 

One of the most critical parts of the room is the bed, so opt for a modern white bed like this one, which is solid and comfortable. A bed with underneath storage also helps you to keep the room tidy and uncluttered.

Reduce the clutter

It's a proven fact that it can be difficult to have a calm mind when you're surrounded by clutter. If every corner of your home is crammed with extra stuff, it can make you feel overwhelmed or disorganized, so it's time to have a big clear out. 

Try to take a minimalist approach to your home. Only keep things that you love, or you need—everything else should go or at least be stored out of sight until needed. 

Once you've decluttered, your home will feel more open and give you a surprising amount of extra space, which can help you feel more focused and positive.

Choose positive colors

Colors can make a huge difference to your mood. Light and neutral colors are an excellent way to make rooms feel brighter and more open, working well with a minimalist style. 

If you want to add some color to your home, try and stick to one or two shades—too many contrasting colors can clash and feel overwhelming. Blue, purple, and green colors are soothing and can create a calming atmosphere in a room. Green, in particular, is supposed to make you feel more focused and productive. Reds and oranges are often associated with more negative emotions. 

However, the colors that boost your mood will also depend on your personal preferences. Painting the walls in your favorite color, whatever it is, can be a really good way to make you feel more positive in the space. 

There are few places on this planet we can call our own where we can escape the world's cares. With the ideas mentioned above, your home can become a true sanctuary, ready to receive and relieve you of your daily stresses.

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