26 Nov Feeling Stressed Or Anxious? A Custom Home Utilizing Integrated Design Can Help
Are you feeling down? Overwhelmed? Anxious?
Your space may not be helping.
Scientists have demonstrated that our home can have a significant impact on our mental health and wellness. This does not mean that if you change your home, everything will be solved. Only that the right kind of Integrated Design can help, by contributing to your overall health and wellness. These Integrated Design elements may be of assistance.
Integrated Design Elements That Can Help Alleviate Stress And Anxiety
1. Lots of natural light – and dark
Natural light helps with the production of serotonin and vitamin D, among other factors that improve mood. Making sure that your home has lots of light can help keep your mood up, especially in the winter months. If you are finding that you are still not getting enough natural light, you can always add in natural light lamps to certain areas in your home. These lights ensure you get the benefits of natural light all year long.
While natural light is important, glare can increase anxiety. In addition, not having full darkness at night can contribute to insomnia, which can alter serotonin levels. It is therefore essential to have a set of good anti-glare, automated shades. These will ensure that you get light and darkness when and how you need them.
2. Muted, but bright walls
The colours you choose for your home can have a big impact on how you feel in it. To create a calming environment, opt for shades that are not overly saturated or bright. Think about the colours you see in a meadow with a stream. These will be your best options.
3. Having moderate visual complexity
While we find people often believe plain walls will have a calming effect, that is not necessarily true. Humans tend to have anxiety in spaces that are stark – or too busy. Therefore, your best bet is to have balanced colour, texture, and patterns. An Integrated Design team will be able to ensure that your home and decor achieve a balance in that regard. Be open with them about what you need from your environment and they will propose patterns and other elements that create moderate visual complexity.
4. Go natural
Nature is calming. To have a calming environment, go for natural materials and create an outdoor space that is welcoming. Select patio furniture that will make you comfortable. That way, you can spend plenty of time with nature.
5. Implement ample storage to avoid clutter
Clutter can make anxiety much worse. Therefore, make sure your space is well-organized and that you have space to put everything away in its proper place. With Integrated Design, your Home Designer and Interior Designer can work together to create lots of space and organizational solutions to keep your house uncluttered.
6. Add calming sounds and scents
Sounds and smells have a strong influence on our mood. Now, it is easier than ever to access calming sounds through technology like an Alexa or Google Home. You can simply ask these devices to play calming sounds in your home! To add scents, choose some candles, incense, or diffusers you find relaxing.
7. Include curves instead of all sharp lines and angles
Lots of sharp angles can increase anxiety. To make your space more soothing, opt for more curves than right angles. Again, if you convey your needs to your Integrated Design team, they will be able to ensure your space has more round design elements than sharp ones.