Updated: Nov 9, 2021
A healthy interior design focuses on creating an environment that nurtures physical, emotional, and spiritual wellness. The more elements of the home you can bring into harmony with this purpose, the more holistic your approach to creating a beautiful space that serves you and your family well. Here are five helpful tips for creating a healthy home.
One of our primary senses, smell, is one of our best warning signs when it comes to toxins in your home. But not all toxic smells are bad. The smell of freshly baked cookies, for example, isn't something you want to be masked with perfumes or cleaning products. Instead, create an environment that cleans your air naturally by filling your home with flowers. Or consider introducing more greenery into your home; trees and plants filter toxins in addition to looking beautiful - more on this below. Also, the use of chemical-free furniture, especially mattresses, can help achieve better indoor air quality in your home. For more IAQ (Indoor Air Quality), click here.
If you have asthma or severe allergies, it's critical that you eliminate allergen triggers from your home. Identify any mold, dust mites, pet dander, or pollen triggers in your home and look for ways to mitigate them. Ozone air purifiers are an excellent way to reduce indoor allergens and have been shown to reduce asthma attacks among children with severe allergies. If there is a known pollen allergy in your household, an air filter with a HEPA filter is also recommended.
Consider installing UV light fixtures as well: ultraviolet light destroys airborne microbes and bacteria, including those associated with respiratory problems such as bronchitis and pneumonia. Make sure to turn on these lights at least 10 minutes per day during the pollen season.
Allergy-Proof Your Bedroom: The bedroom should be as free of dust mites as possible if you or anyone else in your family suffers from allergies or has asthma. Dusty sheets will only cause sneezing—and perhaps congestion—so buy sheets made of 100% organic cotton rather than synthetic materials like polyester blends and wash them at least once a week in a hot water.
If you think that interior landscaping is synonymous with home décor, you're mistaken. Plants help clean indoor air while adding life and character. If you can't (or don't want to) get your hands dirty, hire an interior landscaper - we can help you with that - who can create unique planters for your space. Our tips will help you find greenery suited for your home's needs. We believe every home should be one in which people live in health and harmony; interior landscaping can make it happen. Choose living things rather than plastic. Plastic doesn't absorb pollutants from its surroundings—in fact, when placed next to plants in a controlled experiment, scientists found that plastic leached harmful chemicals into their leaves.
In contrast, natural plants seem to thrive when given little more than water and soil—their beauty makes them biological cleaning systems without requiring additional power sources or time commitment from you! Hire interior landscapers. Even if you've got green thumbs, not everyone does! That said, even unskilled gardeners can save time by hiring local professionals for interior projects or maintenance.
Poor home acoustics can lead to a lower quality of life and difficulty in performing routine tasks. This is especially true for hearing-impaired or hard-of-hearing individuals who face additional challenges in quieting high levels of ambient noise. What makes for good acoustics in a healthy home? There are three factors influencing acoustics in any given space: The material an object is made from, how sound reflects off that material or surface, and how it then travels through air before reaching our ears (convection). Without question, the first two factors influence more than how much noise enters our living space; they can affect light reflection and physical touch. Acoustic products on their own cannot change these two components; it takes actual physical changes to modify them. However, acoustic products can significantly impact how loud sounds become inside your home by absorbing their energy before reaching your ear (convection). To absorb or dampen sound vibrations effectively (without creating echo) it's essential to make sure all areas of reverberation within any given environment are covered. Rugs, wall arts, plants, and furniture can help with the acoustics inside of your home.
One of your home's most important features is natural light. It can make you feel great when it floods in, and it does wonders for people that suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). It also helps plants thrive and makes your space feel more like a garden and less like an office. Think about where you'll get natural light from if possible—you don't want them shaded or blocked by overhangs or windows during key hours—and plan accordingly. If artificial light is needed, there are tons of sustainable options available today. Your circadian system - internal clocks that synchronize physiological functions on roughly a 24-hour cycle - depends on the natural light to function properly and keep you healthy.
We hope those tips can help you design your home better and healthier. Also, if you need any extra help, send us a message and we will be happy to answer you back.
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