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How to Design a Holistic Home - Tips on creating a Healthier Home

Updated: Jun 8, 2023



Ever wanted to unlock your home's true potential. More than just home remodels and renovations. Want to create a home that is better for you? And by better, I mean a home that improves your health and well-being, physical, mentally, emotionally, and energetically?


Holistic Homes are a new concept in design, yet date back thousands of years where certain cultures took into account the importance of our environment and how it live in more harmony with our surrounding spaces.


Sounds good right? But how do you design a holistic home?


Designing a holistic home for better health, happiness, and well-being is a multifaceted approach to creating a more harmonious space for yourself and your family. Here are some key points that are essential to every holistic home.


 



Add Natural Materials


Using natural materials like stone, wood, and clay not only gives a space a comfier and more inviting feel, but these materials also contain added benefits. These types of material are often biodegradable, meaning they won't end up in a landfill and can be returned back to nature. Certain materials like ceramic or clay tile can also be recycled into new tile after it's life cycle.


Natural materials are often better for the planet and contain less chemicals, meaning they are better for your health. Energetically, these materials also connect to the ancient Chinese practice of Feng Shui, with the five elements, water, wood, earth, fire, and metal often being seen in material selections.






Use more Natural Lighting


Natural daylight is an important element of a holistic home, as it helps to improve mood and promote a sense of well-being. Daylight has been linked to improved productivity, performance, and lower stress levels, making the use of natural light essential to health and happiness at home.


If you have the design budget, try adding windows, creating larger windows, or even adding skylights. Otherwise, observe the light levels in your home. What room gets the best light? How can this room's light be optimized the best? Lastly, make sure you open up your drapes and curtains to get the most daylight possible, or add sheers if privacy is an issue.



Have Eco-Friendly Products


Creating a home that is better for your health and the health of the planet go hand-in-hand in creating a holistic home. Choosing non-toxic paints, cleaning supplies, and other products not only reduces the amount of chemicals in your home, but it improves your indoor air quality, is better for your health, and means that chemicals are not also leaching into the natural environment as a result.



Add Plants


One aspect of a holistic home is looking through the lens of biophilic design. Biophilic design is a principle that focuses on increasing the users connectivity to the natural environment through design choices. One way in doing this is by incorporating plants into the home.


Having house plants in the home has been shown to improve indoor air quality by filtering out harmful chemicals like formaldehyde and carbon monoxide. They also have mental health benefits as well, lowering cortisol levels and improving overall mood and well-being. In Feng Shui, plants also help to balance the energy flow in a home, as they provide the space with living qi.




Have Items that Spark Joy


As much as a holistic home is having a design that promotes better health and well-being, it is also having a better connection with your home. One of the ways to improve the connection to your space is by having items that spark joy. Having home decor that makes you smile when you see it strengthens and improves your relationship with your space. This could be art, sentimental accessories, souvenirs from travels, homemade items, or statement furniture. Basically anything that lights you up everything you look at it.




Remember that designing a holistic home is a process, and it may take some time to make all of the changes you want. Start with small steps and work your way up to bigger changes as you feel comfortable. If you are looking for help in creating your holistic home, reach out and book a free inquiry call to see how working with a holistic interior designer can improve your home.


Your Holistic Home Helper,


Marissa








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