Health and Wellness Design Ideas for Your Apartment

Interior design and décor can influence how you perceive your apartment which can impact your mood and well-being. Incorporating elements that suit your style can help you achieve the right vibe.

What is Wellness Interior Design?

It’s a design concept that focuses on maximizing physical, mental and emotional health. Wellness interior design is more than aesthetically pleasing décor and trendy paint colors. It’s about creating an immersive space that addresses your senses to relieve stress and support wellness.

Use a Variety of Lighting

Lighting affects your body’s ability to regulate your sleep-wake cycle, or circadian rhythm. Incorporating natural light helps synchronize your body’s internal clock and supports good sleep habits.

Place furniture close to the windows and open blinds or curtains during the Soaking in the sun will also give you a natural boost of Vitamin D.

Warm-toned ambient lighting is more soothing than sterile, overhead alternatives. Consider installing sconces, floor lamps and pendant light fixtures to create a cozy glow.

Include Mood-Boosting Color

Neutral tones like white and tan make for a bright, natural palette that’s easy on your eyes. You can still add pops of color to enhance your mood and the room’s visual appeal.

Warm colors that motivate:

  • Red:Stimulation, energy, passion
  • Orange:Warmth, comfort, inspiration
  • Yellow:Brightness, happiness, optimism

Cool tones that soothe:

  • Blue:Calmness, serenity, relaxation
  • Purple:Luxury, mindfulness, creativity
  • Gray:Tranquility, sophistication, simplicity
  • Green:Rejuvenation, balance, organic

Paint a feature wall or place a cluster of accessories in your preferred color. Use paintings, vases or pottery to create a focal point in a room.

Add Inspirational Artwork and Designs

Reflect your values and aspirations by displaying motivational artwork and trinkets. That helps you establish a personal connection with your space, especially if you’re moving into an apartment for the first time.

Exploring and embracing your personal aesthetic and then incorporating it into your surroundings can improve your mood and boost your productivity.

Here are some ideas:

Photography: Landscapes and seascapes can provide a sense of tranquility. Travel photography can spark a sense of wanderlust and adventure. Displaying your own photographs is also a good way to spark conversations with guests.

Typography: Framed inspirational quotes or affirmations can help you center yourself, especially when you’re having a bad day.

Posters and prints: Hang prints or posters to evoke various emotions. Vintage prints create a feeling of nostalgia; pop art adds energy and whimsy.

Paintings: Whether you prefer watercolors, oils or acrylics, an original painting will add an authentic feel and a unique interpretation of the subject to any room. You can buy new works online and at art fairs or search for older paintings in antique shops.

The Health Benefits of Houseplants

Plants naturally purify the air and eliminate airborne toxins like formaldehyde, ammonia and carbon monoxide. Caring for plants can also trigger feel-good hormones that ease stress and enhance your mood.

Looking for a specific benefit? Add the appropriate plants to your apartment:

  • Air purification:Snake plants, spider plants and aloe vera
  • Humidity regulation:Peace lilies and Boston ferns
  • Stress reduction:Eucalyptus and lavender
  • Allergy relief:Rubber plants, English ivy and pothos

Relax with the Right Scents

Your sense of smell is closely linked to memory recall, so it can impact your mood. Using scents also adds a touch of luxury to your apartment. Light candles, burn incense, incorporate essential oils or keep fresh flowers to change the aromas in your space.

Design Your Dream Apartment at Ardent Communities

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