Creating Healthy Living Spaces

Incorporating elements of wellness will improve your relationship with homebuyers through design

By WENDY YATES

Nowadays more than ever it is important to focus on wellness and healthy living in the home industry. Our homes are most often the primary space in which we feel nurtured, nourished and connected. They become representative of all the things in which we believe to be important and they are filled with all the things we value, including family. By focusing on wellness and healthy living you are giving homebuyers an area of re-treat and comfort.

There are many tricks you can follow to avoid mistakes when incorporating wellness trends into a space. Things we value tend to grow over time and as they accumulate they can create clutter. Just as our minds can become cluttered with interactions, memories, ideas, and a number of other content, our homes can become cluttered with sentimental objects, temporary fascinations, and just plain ‘stuff’. The key to wellness is simplicity.

If you’re asking yourself, “where do I start?” we always recommend the bedroom. In many cases, the most intimate and personalized area in a home is the bedroom so we believe that this is the perfect starting point and you can fill in from there. The sense of privacy and ownership, often given to us at an early age, can make the bedroom the perfect space to promote healthier habits and overall well-being.

When it comes to the appeal for new homeowners and buyers, it is important to re-member that we all are drawn to people, places, and things that make us feel good. Homes that incorporate elements of design that help us feel good are appealing be-cause they amplify the positive effect. If you’re looking to sell a home, the addition of wellness and healthy living practices and details can only increase the success and longevity of the space.

Furthermore, although designers and architects can be magicians transforming any space into one that promotes living well, collaborating with the architects prior to the build out is always preferred. Together, everyone can pre-plan how light enters the room from different aspects and how that will translate to the variety of materials used in the interiors. Additionally, plans can be made regarding how the structural layout and choice of furnishings can be adapted to encourage a seamless flow from room to room.

When it comes to recognizing the most popular wellness and healthy living features for the home, the most in-demand are textextiles, fabrics, and finishes that are inspired by nature. What we want to see trending is the use of like materials that have that same raw and natural feeling but are manufactured in sustainable ways.

It is extremely important to utilize features that increase a home’s efficiency and promote sustainable practices for a plethora of reasons. Choosing LED lighting that uses less energy and lasts significantly longer than its alternatives saves money. Utilizing recycled materials reduces the negative impact building or construction has on the environment.

Furthermore, the inclusion of nature-scapes indoors can promote long term health benefits that offset the stress and anxiety of everyday living.

Ultimately, the increase in popularity of wellness and healthy living in interiors and building is very exciting and promising. There are a multitude of elements that can be easily incorporated into the home that can make a major difference for the longevity and future of each space.

Wendy Yates is the Creative Director and Founder of Abigail-Elise Design Studio (AE) and Well Fit Human Retreats. With designs that encompass wellness, define non-trends, and are forward-thinking, her work has been recognized nationally in several publications. To learn more, visit www.aeinteriorsinc.com.

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