4 Ways to make your Biophilic Home an Anxiety Reducing Sanctuary

Image Credit - 
© 2021 Eyeswoon

Its a New year and time for a fresh start! 

As we roll over the year into another lockdown, now is the perfect time to make your home your happy place.  Give your home that much needed breathe of fresh air and put your wellbeing first. There are many ways this can be done such as mood boosting colours and natural fabrics that allow you to create your indoor sanctuary.

 

Quartz Rug, Image Credit - West Elm
Quartz Rug, Image Credit - West Elm

Since we are spending ever more time at home, redesigning your home is the perfect lockdown project to help time fly by. 

Here are 4 ways to create a calming biophilic home...

Let’s start with Biophilic Boosting Colours

Biophilic boosting colours come in a variety of tones from rich natural greens to sunshine yellows and fresh cherry reds. All of these colours will lift our mood instantly. In a recent study, conducted by Wellbeing ConsultantLee Chambers, and they found if you paint your walls in shades of yellow, red and orange you  improve your energy in the morning.  That seems like an excellent Biophilic  solution for those that struggle to get out of bed in these wintery cold mornings.

Calming Biophilic Colours, Image Credit - © Note Design Studio 2016
Calming Biophilic Colours, Image Credit - © Note Design Studio 2016

Colour choices are very personal, and when it comes to colour, it helps if you think about what sort of environment you want to create. Colour is a great way to create a calming sanctuary. Green has always symbolised nature, peace, and restfulness. Yellow is the colour of joy and delight. Blue, on the other hand, is the colour of the ocean and sky and can help decrease feelings of anxiety and aggression; it lowers your blood pressure and heart rate. Something we all need at the moment. 

Colour could be your key to happiness. Duluxis predicting the colours of 2021 with a theme of three nurturing palettes that convey comfort and familiarity - they’re called Reset, Retreat and Nourish. 

 

The Earth Palette, Dulux Colour of the Year 2021
The Earth Palette, Dulux Colour of the Year 2021
The Timeless Palette - Dulux Colour of the Year 2021 Image Credit - Dulux
The Timeless Palette - Dulux Colour of the Year 2021 Image Credit - Dulux
The Expressive Palette - Dulux Colour of the Year 2021
The Expressive Palette - Dulux Colour of the Year 2021

 

The Trust Palette - Dulux Colour of the Year 2021
 The Trust Palette - Dulux Colour of the Year 2021

Different Zones for work, rest, play 

Working from home is the new normal.  So it is time to make your home multifunctional, its both  your place of work, and your sanctuary of  relaxation and sleep at night. This can be done by creating different zones around the home for socialising , cooking , working and relaxing.

Home Office Spaces, Image Credit - Pinterest
Home Office Spaces, Image Credit - Pinterest 
A cool, minimalist home office in a Shoreditch loft apartment, Image Credit - by cate st hill
A cool, minimalist home office in a Shoreditch loft apartment, Image Credit - by cate st hill  

2021 is the perfect time to reorganise, and redesign your home to create new purpose specific rooms. If you are lucky enough to have a spare room in your house, this would be the ideal opportunity to turn that dumping room into your new calming home office. 

Make your home office a clutter free space as this will allow to help have a clear mind and we would recommend using soft neutral tones, to allow your creativity and productivity to flourish.

Home Office Zoning, Image Credit - C&S Interiors
Home Office Zoning, Image Credit - C&S Interiors

Bring the Outdoors In

After you clear away any clutter why notcreate your own office indoor jungle by adding potted plants, fresh foliage and cool cacti to this space. 

We always encourage clients to incorporate a variety of fauna. By adding plants throughout your home, either fresh cut flowers collected from your daily walk or a few plants purchased online, these will enhance your mood and help you to create that calming sanctuary by building a connection with the outside world. 

 

Plant Office Interior, Image Credit MyTastefulSpace
Plant Office Interior, Image Credit MyTastefulSpace 

Here are our top picks of air purifying houseplants we recommend 

Boston Fern, Image Source: Design Soda UK
Boston Fern, Image Source: Design Soda UK
Peace Lily - Image Credit, PrettyInGreenPlants
Peace Lily - Image Credit, PrettyInGreenPlants
Devil's Ivy, Image credit - PlantClub
Devil's Ivy, Image credit - PlantClub
Spider Plant - Image Credit , HouseBeautiful
Spider Plant - Image Credit , HouseBeautiful 

Serene Scents

Now that we thought about colour, zoning, and plants it is time to think about scents. Scents help add that final touch to creating a calming, serene sanctuary - whether that be through diffusers, candles or incense. If you are wanting to switch off from a stressful day at the home office then opt for lavender, geranium or peppermint. 

Or for something to wake up to in the morning then try grapefruit, Amberwood or citrus. Although it might be a cold winter night, there is nothing better than sitting down in your relaxing spot after a long day with a nice cup of tea and beautiful subtle scent flowing around the room, and home.

So, there are our 4 ways to make your home a biophilic sanctuary that will help reduce anxiety and relieve stress. 

Moon Lamp Aroma Diffuser, Image Credit - © FrissonHome
Moon Lamp Aroma Diffuser, Image Credit - © FrissonHome
Energising Collection, Image Credit - Sainsbury's
Energising Collection, Image Credit - Sainsbury's 

Let us know what your favourite ways are to de-stress after a long day?

Contact us to book your free 30 minute consultation call with Harleen McLean Interiors