As we are settled into the new year now, it might be a good time to think about our interior space. This is especially so given that the weather in most parts of the country is so extremely cold right now. We are so very grateful for our warm interior spaces.
Because we do spend such a significant amount of time inside, it is important for us to consider the health of the space we live in.
Because we do spend such a significant amount of time inside, it is important for us to consider the health of the space we live in. We can do so from time to time and ask ourselves whether the space that we spend so much time in is as healthy as it can reasonably be?
Consider that even what seems relatively unimportant can be enormous mood-changers for us, and even effect our health. Did you know, for example, that certain design elements in your space can awaken positive and negative feelings? The following are a few items for us to reflect upon when considering our interior spaces.
Is there enough natural light coming in? This can influence your health and well-being.
We benefit from natural light. Wherever possible, allow the natural light in, open the blinds and/or curtains. This is especially true over the dark winter months. Allowing a great amount of natural light in can elevate mood.
Is the air quality throughout the space good? From time to time we hear how the inside air is so much dirtier than the outside air.
Proper and good air quality through-out your space is important. Ensuring that all vents are cleaned and that furniture is not blocking the air flow in the space helps improve air quality. Ensuring an adequate intake of fresh air from outside is very important too.
Also consider the chemicals that we use. Avoid using harsh chemicals for cleaning your space, a lot of them have toxic fumes, that are bad for your health.
Each room has a function, so consider that each room’s design and function produce very tangible effects and emotions: think of the kitchen for cooking, the dining room for eating, the office for technology.
For example, consider the presence of electronics in the bedroom - This space should evoke calmness and should house no digital technologies at all, which includes no TV!
Furniture placement and clutter
You want to ensure your lay-out throughout your space has free circulation and clear pathways.
Look around, is there clutter in places? A cluttered space is a cluttered mind, they say.
Small changes ... can make a big difference to ensuring a healthy living space.
Your home is your biggest investment, why not make it a healthy and happy space? Small changes like some of the above don’t take much effort, but they can make a big difference to ensuring a healthy space.
Choosing eco-friendly design ensures a healthier living space.
I would love to hear what healthy changes you make in your space.
WHO IS KATHY RUSSELL?
Kathy Russell enjoys helping her clients create spaces they can “happily call home.” She holds a diploma in Interior Design from the Interior Design Institute and is an Accredited Member of Decorators and Designers Association of Canada. You can find her at smallspacedesign.ca.