How can your home design improve your wellbeing?

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There’s a lot to be said for the environment you live in. While you might not directly realise it, your home can have an immediate and long-lasting effect on your mental health and wellbeing, and not always for the better. From the colour down to the decor, your home should be an extension of you and the things that make you happy, so why do we put things off or spend money on other things in life?

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According to the UK Green Building Council, our home influences almost every aspect of our lives – from how well we sleep, to how often we see friends, to how safe and secure we feel. If we want to improve our own health and wellbeing, there can hardly be a more important place to start in the place you spend the majority of your life.

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At Studio Alpa, we believe that every space should be inviting, feel comfortable and promote a healthy and happy lifestyle. Renovating and improving our homes is a good emotional investment and not something that should be put off. Our aim is to design valuable residential and commercial spaces that promote wellbeing by creating interiors that radiate a timeless, natural elegance. Want to know how to bring a more prosperous atmosphere to your home? Here are our top tips on creating a positive environment in your home and improving your wellbeing via home decor.

 

Plan your space

Practicality is often key to creating a space that promotes a healthy lifestyle. You don’t want to be unnecessarily stressed out by the little things in life. To get started, you need to consider the layout of a room and plan to maximise the space for both convenience and impact. How do you use the room and what would be your ideal setting? Good interior design is all about making your space work for you and realising the things you need and don’t need to focus on.

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Work with natural light and fake the rest

Making the most of natural light is a great way to bring revival and restoration to a room and even something as simple as placing a window seat for morning reading will make all the difference to your daily routine. Vitamin D is known to increase happiness levels, so the more natural light the better!

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Nevertheless, while you could invest in roof windows for an abundance of natural light whatever the weather, you can also utilise artificial lighting to create a functional room with impact. When planning a room, it’s important to think about the tasks you might need light for and incorporate a fully thought-out lighting scheme with ambient, task and decorative lighting included. A well-considered lighting scheme will enhance and balance the atmosphere between practicality, ambience, light and shadow. At Studio Alpa, we collaborate with specialist lighting designers, home-technology specialists, architects and builders to create the best lighting solutions for your project.

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Choose colours that make you happy

Everyone is different and part of our interior design process is understanding what makes you tick. While there are certain studies to suggest that bright colours will help to boost your productivity and blues and greens will calm you, this can vary from person to person and we recommend that you work with colours that make you feel a certain way.

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Consider the function of the room and select a colour that fits with that use; the choice can have a huge effect on your mental wellbeing. When choosing colour schemes in our specialist colour consultations, we take all of the above into consideration along with artificial and natural daylight to create colour schemes that enhance, stimulate your senses and reflect your aspirations and individuality.

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Opt for organic materials

While you might think that soft furnishings are a great way to save on interior design budget, opting for higher-quality organic materials will have a long-lasting effect on your health and wellbeing. Breathable materials will improve your sleep quality and in turn will improve your skin, hair and general attitude. Organic cottons and linens are perfect for the bedroom and cashmere cushions will keep you and guests feeling cosy and at ease.

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Bring in the outside

Plants are an ideal way to boost energy levels and generally make you feel happier in your home with little effort. Seeing greenery and nature help us feel more relaxed and calmer, which in turn benefits your everyday mood. Group a variety of palms and succulents together for maximum bohemian impact and pop a few fuss-free cacti around the house to add colour and interest.

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Treat yourself

We understand that everyone has a different budget and it’s not always possible to install your dream bathroom and kitchen, but there are ways to add that extra little bit of sparkle to improve your mood. A great way to make a statement with your interior design is to introduce a main feature to each of your rooms that acts as a conversation starter. It could be anything from a magnificent kitchen island for your friends to sit at while you cook, to a set of chairs in a bay window so that you can unwind after a long day at work.

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Don’t forget the finishing touches

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Many homeowners forget about the things that make the house a home when it comes to home decor. You want to create a place where you can relax and unwind; one that welcomes you when you get back from work and allows you to enjoy the space. Improve the comfort of your home by adding soft furnishings to a room while also adding a dash of personality via artwork and objects. Our styling service is ideal for finding those missing pieces of furniture, lighting, accessories, artwork or fabrics for upholstery and window treatments. We’ll bring it all together for you, enabling you to enjoy your home and rest up with peace of mind.

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Studio Alpa is a boutique interior design studio based in Rickmansworth, UK. For further information on our design services for both residential and commercial clients, please get in touch.

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