Part-Two Create a Healthy Home
In part one of “Create a Healthy Home”, I described the value of decluttering, along with a few tips to begin the process. With that clearer palate in mind, there is space to incorporate design and decorative elements that make a home the place of choice to rest, restore, work and play.
Using the invisible draw we have toward particular colors, patterns, textures and light, developed over thousands of years practicing survival in the wild, we can we can create a sense of serenity and safety in our home. The art of using this technique is Biophilic Design. Most of us are familiar with aromatherapy and color-therapy and the concepts are similar. There are colors and scents we associate with safety and others we associate with danger. In Biophilic Design, the same theory applies to texture, patterns, and light. Using these elements indoors, in a way that mirrors the way we experience them outdoors, strengthens the results.
Wood is an element found in nature that we associate with safety and provision. In the wild, I can imagine backing up to a tree while I survey an area for food, water, community or danger. Wood offers safety, warmth from fire, the ability to cook food, and material for shelter. Wood floors, dining tables, coffee tables and bedroom furniture add warmth to our homes through innate association with all it offered thousands of years ago.
To learn more about Biophilic Design, click here https://www.archdaily.com/935258/biophilia-bringing-nature-into-interior-design
Come back next week when we discuss color choices and how they enhance well-being for us and others.