The more we’re all staying home, the more important it is we are happy with our homes and interior spaces. How we feel towards our homes can massively impact our mental health and general everyday feelings, so it’s important we are living in spaces that impact us positivly.
It’s not always easy to just ‘pack up and move’ if your home doesn’t quote tick all the boxes., We don’t all have a large garden or huge balcony space for enjoying a morning coffee in the fresh air. We don;t all have en suites in the bedroom, and open plan dining rooms and kitchens for gatherings.
However, it’s about making the best of the space we have. The current situation see’s the rise of the self-care and wellness trend, which is now seeping into home interiors, decor, interior design and architecture.
Here are 4 ways you can focus on some home improvements which may contribute largely to both your mental health and mindset:
Invest in longevity
Spending on our homes isn’t something we can all do often, however, there are certain aspects that once they reflect high quality, you’ll get almost a lifetime of enjoyment out of them. These include a modern and functional bathroom, quality flooring, and comfy furniture which benefits your body.
We’re talking soft, relaxing sofa’s which help you to wind down and eliminate any aches and pains. It’s your home, and you deserve to sink into a sofa without being short on leg space, or having an awkward sitting neck.
We’re talking quality flooring which gives your home a contemporary finish, yet can be easy to manage and clean. It’s worth looking into engineered walnut flooring, which is one of the most popular of all the real wood flooring options. If you invest in it, you’ll get long-lasting, moisture resistant, beautiful looking floors across you home that have the longevity.
The same can be said for the more functional rooms, like bathrooms and kitchens. You want a compact design which is space saving and allows storage, yet gives you ease of use and a full impressive design.
Introduce open space
It can be harder in smaller homes, especially when you are enclosed with walls and doors that can create a boxed in effect. This can have detrimental effects on your mind, as nothing is much worse than feeling cramped and restricted in your own home.
Look at amendments you can make, allowing rooms to be open plan if possible, introducing windows where possible, painting walls all one light colour, and creating open space wherever you can. The more open space we have in our homes, the more we’re allowed to feel freer, where designers say it boosts creativity and contributes to a less cluttered mind. You can also look at using internal or external bi-fold doors if you are looking to invest. They may be a pricey option but the fact that these are ceiling to floor windows, they instantly allow the illusion of ongoing open space.
More natural light
Investing in more natural light is one of the biggest known ‘secrets’ to lifting our moods at home. When we surround ourselves with as much natural light as possible, our moods can lift, and we feel a little more focused and clearer.
If you currently have heavy and dark curtains or old net curtains or blinds blocking natural light, look at improving what you have. Timber blinds, shutters, fresh new curtains, a window ledge re-paint or similar can all do windows. Adding greenery around windows in small amounts can also give that feel of nature.
The new office home
Most of us are now working from home at least a few days a week, if not, full time. There are mixed views on this, but if you do it right, it can be a positive. You just need to make sure you’re not sat at the same spot on the sofa all day for work, and then remain there all evening!
With the right setup, working from home can boost moral and reduce stress levels associated with commuting and long office hours. It gives you the freedom to start the day the way you want, and create your own little office set up that is personal to you.
A lot of us struggle for space, but could you look at turning a spare room into a comfortable office? Or, allowing an area of the dining room table to be your desk? Just make sure you eat your evening meal somewhere else (lunch or breakfast is fine, as we know you can’t always be moving around the home!).
As slumping over at desks for long periods of time aren’t great news for your body, you could also consider choosing sit/stand desk set ups too. These can be great space savers as well!
Bring nature indoors
We touched on greenery before, but it’s true that the presence of nature has been linked proven to increase our moods and productivity. especially when it comes to concentration levels, as the element of green and nature in the home can contribute to us feeling calmer and more relaxed.
If you can, look at buying a few new flowering pots, herbs for the home and even false plants dotted around various rooms. These work particularly nice in a bathroom!
Above all, looking after our health and mental well-being is an essential factor of life, and isn’t just an indulgence. The more we’re spending time in our homes, the more we need to look at investing in them to reflect on our wellbeing. If you haven’t already, walk around your home and assess what needs changing. You’ll be surprised at how many rooms only need minor tweaks!