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Is Your Home Designed To Live Well?

Can a colour in your bedroom aid sleep, how does evening light affect the mind and does a cluttered dusty home affect personal motivation?

The average Brit spends 22 hours indoors equating to around 90% of their day. Despite the lovely summer we've had this year nearly half (45%) think the weather often prevents them from spending more time outdoors. Therefore having a home that is designed to live well matters.

Whilst I have no desire to bore you to death, however these statistics matter. If we are spending so much time inside then our homes need to be supporting us both mentally and physically.

Therefore I ask you, is your home designed to allow you to live well?

Of course there are building regulations for safety but what about the inside of our homes. You may well have heard of the term ‘sick building syndome’ where office workers are adversely affected by the buildings in which they work. What about your home?

We need to focus on our home to ensure it is designed to live well.

What are the benefits of a home that is designed to live well?

  • Emotional well being.

  • More energy.

  • Positive mood.

  • Healthy mind and body.

  • Better focus.

  • More productive.

  • We are HAPPY.

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How do we achieve this?

By firstly discussing how you use your floor space, how effective is the lighting which will ultimately affect the mood and colour of your home.



Floor Space

It sounds cliched but a tidy house does indeed help with mental agility.

A cluttered home can stress you out. We have all had that feeling after a long day opening the front door to be confirmed by piles of unopened mail, shoes, trainers, umbrellas. The unread Sunday papers on the coffee table, toys and other belongings layering every available surface. You will also understand the sense of relief when you clear it away and put everything ‘in its place’. Clutter is stressful but it also can be a source of dust and allergens. Clear out open shelving to highlight one or two objects. Open those wardrobe doors and have a good clearout so that your early morning starts are more organised.

Space planning will ensure your floor space is utilized so that you live well. The floorspace in your home needs to work for you. If it doesn’t you will know how frustrated you feel, kids under your feet, no space just to ‘be’. When your home space is flowing you feel the benefits immediately as you feel free happy and your enjoying family life.


Light

What is space without light? A black hole?

Humans have an internal clock that runs on roughly a 24-hour cycle and is controlled by the tones and levels of light received. Better sleep comes with being aligned with your biological clock (known as the circadian rhythm). The type of light you are exposed to at different times of the day effect how you feel throughout the day and how you sleep at night.

In the morning, your body needs bright light to suppress the production of melatonin, the hormone in your body that aids sleep. In the evening, your body needs warm incandescent light to start creating melatonin. When your body is exposed to bright, blue light (computer screens and smart phones) in the evening, the production of melatonin is disturbed which can lead to sleep issues.

If you have to wake up before the sun rises, as most people do the majority of the year, you can trick your body into thinking it’s getting sunlight by using a lighting system that mimics a sunrise. Expose yourself to bright, blue-rich light in the morning to help energise you for the day.

When used effectively in the home lighting will create depth, texture and atmosphere.


Colour

Colour is subjective. You don’t have to worry about trends in order to have a beautiful home. Colour trends will come and go. The people who live in a home make it beautiful by choosing colours that reflect their preferences and personalities. The trick is to blend the colours you like into a pleasing combination.

Choosing colour combinations is one of the most intimidating steps for beginners. Colour has the power to change the shape and size of furnishings, as well as the shape and size of the room itself. Selecting colours is not difficult if you equip yourself with some basic information about colour and its effects.

Colour has many emotional benefits when used in a home that is designed to live well.