Home is more than just a space you exist in – it’s about how it feels. In 2020, we see a rise in people wanting to find balance in the home & improve wellbeing. The design of your home is so important to achieve this. Multiple studies have been conducted and the answer is clear – connection to nature in our homes is so good for us, and so too is creating spaces to help us nurture relationships, and getting to know ourselves better & grow.
A Vision of Green
A professor of architecture in Sweden, Roger Ulrich, has found that hospital patients with views of nature were discharged earlier than those surrounded by walls*. Whether it’s filling your home with amazing house plants, landscaping your home into a native paradise, or going off-grid amongst the bush – living with greenery provides many benefits. By Incorporating plants & green spaces in your home you can improve air quality, sustain wildlife & bee populations, improve mental & physical health, reduce carbon emissions and provide beautiful outlooks to gaze out at.
The Power of Blue
Before humans lived in buildings, we lived in natural settings. Our need for connection to nature is innate. Being close to the water – especially the sea – is associated with many benefits to physical & mental wellbeing, from higher levels of vitamin D to better social relations*. People who live by the water are typically exposed to less polluted air, more sunlight, and they are generally more active too. A ‘blue space’ can be the sea or coastline, rivers, lakes, canals, waterfalls, pools, and even fountains – they all can improve our health & happiness.
Create A Mindful Space or Nook
According to Ikea’s global living study, 76% agree that privacy is important to our wellbeing*. Having a special space where you can have some private time to put down that phone & relax, unwind or let loose and dance like no one is watching is a great way to have that ‘me time’ – and it doesn’t have to be behind closed doors. This space could be a separate retreat in the backyard, a study nook, meditation corner, or even a window seat, so long as you can relax, recover, focus or play – these zones can help us thrive in life.
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