Jessica Testa - 27 Sep, 2021

10 home design features that boost health and wellness

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Now more than ever, it is important that ways of staying fit and healthy are easily accessible. Whether that be on a physical, mental or emotional level, putting a focus on wellness when designing or renovating your home is often a great way to ensure that the space has a positive impact on you and your family. 

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Here are some of the ways that you can integrate wellness-focused design features into your home:

Add some purifying plants 

It has been reported that Australians tend to spend 90% of their time indoors, which is why it is important to improve the air we breathe both inside and out. There are a number of factors that can impact the air inside your home including pollutants released by some furnishings and building materials or the dust that piles up each day. 

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The plant lovers out there may be glad to know that their little leafy friends may be able to help detoxify the air inside their homes. While it would take a large number of plants to properly clean the air, it doesn’t hurt to introduce a few that may have purifying properties into your home design. Some examples include English Ivy, spider plant, aloe vera, flamingo lily and peace lily. 

peace lily plant home design

Choose the right window types for ventilation

Ensuring that your home is well-ventilated may help to prevent the spread of germs and viruses, which is especially important in the winter months as colds and flu are often transferred from one family member to another. It is equally important to ensure light is properly ventilated throughout your home. 

One way to tick both of these boxes at once is to choose the right type of windows for your home design. This means a large window that invites plenty of light inside during the day that you can easily open to let in some fresh air. Two examples that are recommended by the Australian government for maximising air movement include casement windows and louvre windows. 

Line your bedrooms with hardwood floors

Sleep allows your body to rest and recover, so your air quality in your bedroom needs to be at the highest quality possible. Carpets may be a good home for toxin-carrying dust and may be full of chemicals, which may not be your healthiest option. Given that natural materials may encourage good air quality, you may want to consider lining your bedroom floors with hardwood or linoleum floors instead. 

bedroom with hardwood floor home design for wellness

Linoleum floors, in particular, are a great option as they are antimicrobial and anti-static. Made from linseed oil and other natural materials, they can come in a number of colours or patterns, resulting in some fun home designs for children’s rooms. 

Light up your mood

Aside from being good for ventilation, having enough light in your home may improve your mood. Light is responsible, in tandem with our internal clock, for influencing our sleep, mood, digestion, temperature control and cell renewal. Not having access to an adequate amount of light could contribute to low mood and other issues with other functions of the body.  

Installing large windows around your home may increase the natural light streaming into your home during the day. Meanwhile, adding artificial light to rooms that don’t get enough natural light may help to ensure every corner of your home is constantly well-lit. Other ways to make your home brighter is by placing mirrors near light sources and painting your walls white. 

modern room with large windows

Switch to a minimalist style to reduce clutter 

Having too much clutter lying around may cause stress, which could contribute to anxiety. A home is supposed to be a safe place where you can relax, which is why doing a big spring clean and switching to a minimalist home design style may be the best way to combat this problem. Figure out which items aren’t serving you anymore and get them out of your life. Once it’s done, you’ll hopefully be able to take a deep breath and regain your focus.  

minimalist home design office

Install smart devices

We live extremely busy lives and are often constantly looking for ways to make some of the more tedious jobs easier. This is where smart technology comes in. Devices such as robot vacuum cleaners, wireless LED light bulbs, home automation systems and smart speakers will allow homeowners to have more control over their homes. They may therefore have more time for other important tasks. 

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Dedicate a space for you to relax

We all need some time to kick back and relax every now and then, especially when we are feeling particularly overwhelmed. Often, the trouble is finding a suitable spot in your home to do so. Creating a space where you can read, meditate or even do some yoga could be exactly what you need. Keep the clutter to a minimum and add a comfortable chair and a small table or a house plant to a corner of a room and make some time in your schedule to take advantage of it. 

Decorate an inviting outdoor space 

Your backyard might be the best place to spend some downtime. Creating an inviting space where you can sit and enjoy the fresh air is as simple as setting up some comfortable chairs and a table under some shelter surrounded by some outdoor plants. Add some fairy lights so it will still be suitable when the sun goes down. Ensure that this home design doubles up as a great entertainment space by adding a barbecue or perhaps even a woodfire oven. 

outdoor area home design

Set up fitness space at home

Instead of wasting money on a gym membership that you may not be using, investing in your own at-home gym might be the way to go if you have the space. Bulky exercise equipment might be expensive and could take up too much space, so think about the ways that you like to stay fit and create your space around those ideas. There are many great online workouts that may only require a yoga mat and a couple of dumbbells, which can easily be stored on a floor rack.  

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Separate office from living space

If you have the space, setting up a separate home office should be a priority in your home design for those who work from home. This will allow you to create an environment fit for concentration and focus without the distractions that lie around the rest of your home. It is also important to ensure that this space is ergonomically safe. Investing in a good quality office chair, desk and monitor allows you to create the basic set-up that could allow you to increase productivity and improve the way you are sitting through the day. 

Words by Jessica Testa

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