Coming home after a demanding day at work, the last thing anyone wants is to feel unease in their own sanctuary. Many families have noticed more arguments and mood swings within their homes and may wonder about the root cause.
Kellie Richardson, an interior designer who’s the mind behind the phrase ‘Botox for your home’, believes that inelegant home designs might be contributing to negative mental health outcomes. Richardson, who also runs Melbourne-based Kurved by Design, has been recognised for her property styling, notably winning the global CEO Excellence award for ‘Best Property Styling and Interior Design Business’ in 2020.
The crux of her argument lies in the powerful connection between home interiors and one’s emotional well-being. “Our emotional response to designs, fragrances, furnishings, textures, and even the trinkets we have at home can’t be understated. A home should be tailored to the owner’s unique history and preferences.
“Effective interior design isn’t merely aesthetic but creates spaces that resonate with the dweller. Natural materials, apt lighting, and smooth shapes can do wonders for one’s mood.”
However, not all homes hit the mark and Richardson lists some frequent design errors
Simple home-related tweaks to improve your mental health
1. Lighting: Light dictates much of a room’s atmosphere. Poor lighting not only strains the eyes but can lead to discomfort and heightened stress. Evaluate the room layout and considering lighter window treatments.
2. Clutter: A cluttered space often mirrors a cluttered mind. Research ties clutter with increased levels of stress, fatigue, and even depression. The move towards minimalism in recent years does showcase the appeal of tidy spaces. Find a balance that works for individual lifestyles.
3. Textures: Diverse textures can enhance a home, but quality is crucial. Investing in quality rather than opting for cheaper alternatives can drastically affect the comfort levels within a space.
4. Surfaces: Cold and hard surfaces can adversely affect our physical and mental well-being. Our body needs warmth. Cold surfaces can lead to discomfort, poor circulation, and even mood disruptions. Incorporate textiles, rugs and art that imbues warmth and absorbs sound.
5. Sharp edges: Furniture with sharp edges can be disconcerting. Their association with potential harm can subliminally heighten stress.
6. Art choices: Richardson suggests choosing art that infuses joy and warmth into living spaces. Art shouldn’t just be seen; it should be felt.
Ultimately, a well-curated home can be a sanctuary. “Every element, from colours and textures to lighting, should collaborate to uplift the resident’s spirits,” Richardson asserts.