While lots of research has been done on the link between interior design and our mental health, you don’t need a scientific degree to feel bogged down every time you enter a cluttered room. Indeed, the recent surge in decluttering (Marie Kondo’s “Spark Joy” anyone?) shows just how much a cleaner, more minimalist space can improve our outlook — the same is true about the rooms in our homes. Adopting a holistic interior design approach means taking into consideration not only how a room looks, but how it makes us feel.
Similar to decluttering, creating an open living space just takes a little bit of imagination and a whole lot of preparation. Read on below to learn more about the health benefits of an open living space, as well as how to properly maintain it:
Holistic Interior Design
Open living spaces are all the rage these days, you only have to watch an episode of George Clarke’s Old House New Home to know that. Whether your open plan living space is for personal or professional use, in a study or an open office, it is said to improve your overall health levels. The Guardian reports better fitness levels from those who work in an open floor space. As open offices are often interjected with more private rooms, employees often shuffle from space to space as their day progresses, which allows them to clock in more steps in a day.
Creating Your Open Living Spaces
Open plan spaces can be a great catalyst for creativity. Having an open floor plan allows you to play around with spatial configurations. The Spruce’s article on ‘What is an Open Floor Plan? notes that kitchens, dining rooms, and living rooms are typically interwoven, so you can create a more holistic design theme for your home. You might even want to get creative when it comes to other ways of opening up a space, like knocking a few walls down.
Reconfigure The Space
You can also try exposing pipes that have been boxed in. In the case of exposed piping, however, it’s important to plan beforehand as the pipes in your home might be behind modular blocks that might be an eyesore. Planning ahead for any possible eventualities will mean avoiding big problems. Get some professional advice before knocking any walls or boxed in areas down. The last thing you want is to cause an issue with your pipes, particularly the gas or you boiler which can be seriously expensive to fix! HomeServe recommends getting boiler coverage before doing any major renovations so that your heating can be restored should a problem occur. The best idea is to work with your current space and see which parts of your space could benefit from being more open. If you do have to do any major renovations, then bring a professional contractor to help you out.
Improve Natural Light
Our guide on ‘How to Zone an Open Plan Living Space’ emphasises the power of natural lighting when it comes to improving your mood and letting in some vitamin D. To maximise these benefits, opt for sheer curtains that allow light to filter through even when closed. Choose fabric such as natural linen for curtains. An open living space allows you to breathe a little easier, with wide layouts and natural lighting creating a relaxing atmosphere.
As with any holistic interior design move, the most successful changes arise from working with what you already have and planning for any huge fixes that you want.
“Tidying your physical space allows you to tend to your psychological space.“– Marie Kondo
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