The term ‘wellness’ is used everywhere now, and while it’s wonderful that it’s getting so much attention, when it comes to our health and wellbeing we need to think beyond the latest trends and tap into our deeper ancestral knowledge. Humankind has known for aeons that light, fresh air, nature and calm are all essential to help life thrive.

It’s well known that our surroundings have an enormous impact on our mood, behaviour, and health, our team of interior designers at Shalini Misra always pays particular attention to our clients’ lifestyles, creating interiors that will improve their wellbeing – not just for winter months, but all year round.

Whether it’s an office, home or hotel, here are some design pointers that must always be considered:

Light & Air

Allow ample flow of natural light and air where possible or incorporate windows or bi-folding doors for increased ventilation. Seek out air purifiers to create a healthier living environment. Studies have shown that exposure to natural light can regulate our sleep-wake cycle and improve mood by boosting serotonin levels. Similarly, adequate ventilation is crucial for maintaining indoor air quality, reducing the risk of respiratory issues and allergies.

Feel the Rhythm

Harness the power of lighting to support circadian rhythms. By optimising natural daylight and complementing it with artificial lighting that mimics the changing qualities of sunlight, you can support your body’s natural rhythms and promote a sense of balance and vitality. For a calming and restorative space, make the most of daylight where possible, and choose lighting solutions that offer colour therapy. Different colours have been shown to evoke specific emotional responses and promote relaxation or stimulation.

skylight above staircase

Plant Power

Introducing indoor plants into your living space not only adds a touch of greenery but also offers numerous health benefits. Plants are natural air purifiers, absorbing carbon dioxide and releasing oxygen, thereby improving indoor air quality. It’s been proven that simply being in the presence of plants can reduce stress levels and encourage feelings of calmness and wellbeing. To maximise the air-purifying effects of plants, consider investing in CO2-absorbing paints, which further contribute to a healthier indoor environment.

indoor plants on shelf

Focus Points

As our homes now double up as offices, it’s crucial to carve out a dedicated workspace to reduce stress and ensure a proper separation between work and personal life, avoiding the risk of burnout. Additionally, incorporating pockets of privacy within your home design provides opportunities for quiet reflection and relaxation, further supporting mental wellbeing.

Peace & Quiet

Excessive noise can be detrimental to our mental and physical health, contributing to stress, sleep disturbances, and decreased productivity. By implementing sound-reducing solutions such as insulated underlay or acoustic wall coatings, you can minimise noise disturbances within your home and create a more peaceful and serene environment. This not only enhances overall wellbeing but also provides a conducive atmosphere for relaxation and concentration.

Well chosen sculptures and art accessories will add layers of depth and character. Opt for pieces whose stories resonate with you personally as well as considering their fit with the overall design theme. For those seeking to explore curated art options, Shalini Misra’s sister platform, Curio, offers an exceptional array of original works to choose from.

Get Smart

Embracing smart technology in your home can offer numerous benefits for your wellbeing. From monitoring indoor air quality to controlling lighting and temperature settings, smart devices can help optimise your living environment for comfort and health. Some devices even have features that can prevent illnesses by detecting and eliminating harmful germs and pathogens, providing added peace of mind and security for you and your family. Smart technology is also great for streamlining daily routines and creating a more efficient and health-conscious home.

marble staircase

We hope these useful tips will not only inspire, fulfil, and invigorate your interiors, but also support your physical, emotional, and spiritual wellbeing – something we should all nurture.