As a kid, I used to watch my Maltese clean freak Mum run around getting the house just perfect. My Mum is the kind of lady who vacuums every day, washes the curtains once a week and bless her I'm surprised she doesn't have plastic on the couch. ( love you Mum xx) Now as an adult, I can see Mum in her own extreme way is like that because of the way it makes her feel. To my Mum, having the cleanest home, in some ways gives her the cleanest + happiest mind. Now I'm not suggesting we all go grab the hoover and clean our house, but I do want to chat about how good design can make us feel clearer mentaly and generally happier too! As Coco Chanel said
" An Interior is the natural projection of the soul"
You only need to look around your space + your life to see how it's mirroring your internal world.
In so many ways, good design really can enhance our mental health and overall wellbeing . Whether your tackling your next DIY design project, renovation or new build there a few things that you really need to consider other than the obvious " how will it look?
Think about it, if your home creates feelings of calm, fresh lux, guess how the space will make you feel?....You got it, calm, fresh + lux or translated, relaxed, rejuvenated and worthy.
If your space is cluttered, hard to navigate through and so messy you can't find a damn thing, I think you know what I'm getting at here. Your mind will of course will feel, cluttered, stressed, frazzeled + confused and you can bet that all of these icky feelings will spill over into the rest of your life.
So whether your just in need of a good tidy up or your working on your own home design project, let me give you a few points to consider before going any further!
De clutter +
Create a space for everything to live permenantly!! Everything in your home, should have it's own little home. Find neat, out of sight ways to store your personal belonings and if it looks messy, remember that' going to seep into your brain so revise it again. Keep revising until you find soulutions that look tidy + function easy. If you can't find a place for that bunch of old board games no one is playing, donate them! My best advise, donate donate donate + stop the hoarding people! ;) The other option for you sentimental folk who just can't let it go, storage buckets! Pop them neatly in a shed, basement or under the bed.
"How does the design make me feel?"
Its a fairly obvious question to ask but with so many getting lost in all the design trends and fads around these days, it's so easy for us to get confused in the design process. How the space makes you AND your family feel is absolute priority over whether you are obsessed with Scandi or not. Trends and design styles are great starting points but just make sure your not getting caught up in the hype of what's cool and forgetting that hubby may not feel quite at home with a rose pink throw ;) So , trends yes go for it, but ensure you have really thought about why you have chosen that trend, colour palette or design style, as it's easy to forget the most important thing to consider,....YOU + YOUR FAMILY!
Bring in the elements!
Whether it's considering how the sun shines through a window, or where the breeze blows when you open a window, incorporating the elements into your space is one of the best things you can do to design for the mind. Bring in a real living object like an indoor plant and feel the benifit's of imporoved oxygen flow and being close and connected with nature. In our natural state as human beings, being close to nature is an innate need we all have and we certainly function so much better when we are close to nature. Think about when you go for a walk, the fresh air, the wind blowing, the sun on your face and how all your troubles melt away. When we are close to the elements, we feel alive! We spend so much of our time indoors, it makes sense that we get tired + disconnected!! ..... Get creative and think about all the cool ways you could work the elements into your space + how you can get connected as much as possible.
So take a look around your space or think about your approach to design to date. Run through the above as often as possible until you get a home that really brings out the best in you. After all a home is supposed to be a place that we feel safe and protected!
Your already doing some or all of the above? Great tell me about them! If you have any suggestions or want to share how your own design for the mind tips, share them below I'd love to get inspired too!