House design is most definitely as much of a science as it is an art, and there are scientific studies on how a home can boost both health and happiness by design.
How Can Your Home Inspire Happiness and Health?
The Chinese had the right idea with feng shui. It is important to harmonize people with their environment. Take the mysticism out of it and you find a solid concept that everybody should follow. When you react positively to your surroundings, you become happier and healthier.
Here are some ideas on how your home can make your life flow better, boosting both health and happiness.
1.Make your house easy to clean.
Not only is a clean house a delight to behold, it is also a pleasure to live in. That already shows its positive effect on your mood. More than that, however, a clean house also means that pests, pollutants, and other undesirables are kept at bay.
Being inhabited, of course, would make the house messy and dirty, so it’s important to make sure that it doesn’t stay that way for too long. If your house is easy to clean, you’d be more inclined to do it.
2.Strategically place indoor plants all over the house.
Splashes of living green inside your home have an uplifting and soothing effect on you. Not only that, indoor plants also soak up pollutants and improve the air quality inside.
Unfortunately, indoor air quality really isn’t the best, especially if the house isn’t well-ventilated. Get your plants some help and invest in an air purifier. Also, make sure that your home is finished with waterproof paint since this protects surfaces from moisture, which causes the breeding of mold, bacteria, and fungi.
3.Let as much natural light as possible flow in.
Sunlight cheers people up, and the quality of light it provides is the best. Natural light isn’t only inexpensive and environment-friendly, but it is also ideal for accomplishing most tasks.
Something that helps natural light create a bright and pleasant space is color. While white and yellow are good colors, don’t think you’re limited to them when it comes to paint finishes for walls. You can just choose to have a burst of yellow in the form of daffodils in a vase or an expanse of white in the furniture.
Decorative floor paint can add a touch of color and bring in the light as well.
Clutter is unsightly and potentially dangerous. You can trip on it and provide hiding places for vermin. It also collects dust and other pollutants, contaminating the air in your home.
Studies also indicate that women who live in cluttered homes are more likely to be depressed and produce more stress hormones than those who live in restful homes.
If you’re a happy packrat or collector, just make sure that you have a good storage system for your things; preferably, they’d be sealed and out of the way.
5.Arrange your furniture and other home elements ergonomically.
Ergonomics is a big word these days, especially in the work environment. The home should be ergonomic, too, allowing the inhabitants to perform tasks efficiently and comfortably.
Do not hesitate to move things around when the current setup doesn’t work all that well. Also, consider furniture and appliances as health-related investments.
For instance, your living room set should be comfy. Your TV should boast good quality definition so you won’t strain your eyes. These two elements should be placed in the right distance and angle toward one another.
Ergonomics helps everyone, but especially those who are getting on in years who might injure themselves just by sitting uncomfortably. A body part tilt or twist that is the slightest bit wrong could lead to days of agonizing and disruptive pain.
The Meaning of Homey
Your home should be a place where you can be relaxed, comfortable, and lighthearted. That’s why the word “homey” means what it does. If your home doesn’t promote happiness and good health, then you’re in trouble, so make the effort to make it worthy of the definition.
Ralph El Eid is the Business Development Manager at COLORTEK – Wall & Floor Fashion. EQUIPAINT is the franchise owner of COLORTEK in Dubai (U.A.E.) and Doha (Qatar); an international paints manufacturer specializing in the widest range of decorative paints and seamless concrete & resin flooring, with a unique showroom concept, and thus an ideal destination for homeowners, consultants, architects, interior designers and paint applicators.