It’s very important to live in spaces that support us in a functional and visually appealing way, however they should also support our wellbeing and the connection with our friends and family, our creativity, our balance and harmony. Holistic thinking reminds us that all things are connected. Holistic thinking applied to sustainable design is about striving for win/win solutions for people and the environment.

Therefore, we can look at sustainability and holistic design as wholly intertwined. What you put into the spaces you live, work or play in has a direct effect on the human body, mind and spirit.

Incorporating natural materials, textures and patterns can have huge benefits to the health and well-being of the many spaces we live and work in.  When wellness goals are woven into the very fabric of the home or work place, living and feeling better become one and the same, and they come far more easily than ever before.

“Holistic thinking is sustainable design- striving for win/win solutions forpeople and planet.”

With holistic interior design you can feel the connection with the spaces you live or work in and be inspired by the values they represent. The holistic interior design approach considers the health of the mind, body and soul of people as it comes to the process of designing the interior of a building with the goal of achieving and maintaining a state of wellness.

Photography Kristofer Johnsson

THE GREAT EFFECTS OF HOLISTIC SPACES

AND SUSTAINABILITY ON MENTAL HEALTH

The devastating data about the time we spend indoors (going up to 90% in modern societies) screams the importance of rethinking our responsibility and contribution to the quality of lives of our clients and their families. We could do so much more to support them in living their best lives and help them heal and thrive in their homes. Therefore, we can look at sustainability and holistic design as wholly intertwined. When wellness goals are woven into the very fabric of the home, living and feeling better become one and the same, and they come far more easily than ever before.

A great way to start is to create a reference list for shopping and keeping it saved on your phone, or in your purse or wallet to reference before making any purchase. The list can include: “No VOCs like formaldehyde, flame retardants, highly fluorinated stain treatments, no synthetic fibers, etc.” Don’t hesitate to ask, “What is it made of?” “Where does it come from?” I support sustainable brands that show transparency in their supply chains and stimulate innovation towards the elimination of the handful of chemicals most commonly found in furnishings.

Photography Pella Hedeby
Photography Ragna Romarsson
Photography Alicia Sjostrom

HERE ARE A FEW THINGS TO KEEP IN MIND WHEN YOU ARE DESIGNING OR DECORATING YOUR HOME:

  • The only people you need to impress are the ones living there.

    A pretty space designed to impress the neighbours is not necessarily going to make you feel good when you are in it. Remember… youlive there, they don’t.

  • Before you create a space, ask yourself how it will be used. 

    This is one of the first principles of design – taking into account a room’s purpose, who uses it and what they use it for. So if your children do their homework in the living room, you need proper lighting and a desk or work station where they can be comfortable and productive. Ensuring that it’s possible to undertake a task in any room will promote your wellbeing.

  • Think about the layout of the room.

    Every room needs an uninterrupted flow. When furniture is in the wrong place, it can affect you physically as well as psychologically. There of course many Feng Shui principles and practices, but a few to follow that will promote your wellbeing: ensure no one has their back to the door, windows are not blocked and energy can flow freely through the space, keeping your energy fields aligned.

  • Choose colours for wellness. 

    Colours impact your mood and behaviour, and normally the last consideration is how it can emotionally and mentally support you. When you choose colours that make you happy, or promote relaxation, or slow down your heart rate, it’s easy to see how you can use colour to achieve wellness and your specific #SoulGoals.

  • Make every space a reflection of your personality.

    Your home should be a reflection of the people that live there. Choose colours that bring you joy, choose personal items and photos that represent YOU. The moment you walk into a room, you should feel positivity because you are personally connected to the space.

  • Contain the clutter. 

    Minimalism is also a holistic approach to interiors as it’s so beneficial to our mental wellbeing. Every home needs proper storage. Clutter has a negative impact on your health as it causes stress which can lead to physical illness. Keep clutter to a minimum and you’ll feel lighter, calmer and happier.

Photography Pella Hedeby

Making it a point to consider how you feel in a room, rather than simply focusing on how the room looks, is a great starting point for making holistic design changes that bring you happiness.

I view interior design as an investment into your wellness – just like buying a gym membership or buying organic produce. My design process lends itself to a holistic approach and the initial step of identification is used as a guide for the rest of our design. To learn more about my full-service interior design process, or to talk to me about how I can optimize your environment for the whole you, please give me a call at +49176-64712856.

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"Your home should be your sanctuary and provide

a feeling of comfort every time

you walk in the front door."