It has been finally proven that the environment affects our wellbeing; and, unfortunately, issues and illnesses like insomnia, stress, depressions are all on the rise. That is why we need to think more about our homes and work areas, and how these areas can contribute to our physical and psychological health.
Holistic interior design has only one purpose – to achieve wellbeing. As 90% of our time is typically spent indoors, we need to feel well when we work, study, play or sleep. We need to live in our homes both comfortably and happily.
In the residential industry, architects are still talking about form and function, while missing the most vital part: that of improving the quality of our lives.
We can look at holistic interior design as a “new age” thing, which just requires us to find harmony between our body, mind and spirit. Or we can look at it as a complex design which supports our wellbeing.
“It is important to know that Holistic Interior Design heavily depends on scientific studies and research and cannot achieve its purpose without drawing upon the findings of natural science, human biology, environmental psychology, Biophilia and ergonomics.” Nora Bouz Adv.Dip. HID, BA
There are 3 different aspects which have a huge effect on us – the Physical, the Emotional and the Visual.
Physical / The Body
As a human being, you need to feel comfortable and feel free to move around your space. The physical aspect depends mainly on your lifestyle and daily routines. Even though we are all different, designers need to follow basic ergonomics knowledge and environmental psychology to achieve the right solution when designing.
Emotional / The Spirit
This part is very difficult for 2 reasons. Firstly, emotions can cause most of our trouble and it is very difficult to figure out what the key stressor is. We might feel happy in one space but uncomfortable in another one, and we won’t be able to say why. Often it relates to the design concept and how it originates.
We are all different, so someone might feel super comfy in a big open space while someone else would freak out in the same place. Someone might like a little old cottage and feel nice and cosy in it when someone else would call it cluttered or cramped.
Visual / The Mind
Pretty things make us happy. That’s why the visual side of interiors is so important. The style we choose for our homes speaks about us; it says what we like and what we stand for.
Therefore, it needs to please us every time we look at it.
For example, if we return home and see our family photos on the wall we know we are ‘at home’, with people who we love and who love us.
In general, for me, holistic interior design is what every designer should do. It is not just a visual thing, it is a complex solution to finding the right design for another human being, who needs to feel comfortable, happy and safe.
There are several ways that a good designer can achieve this. So never be shy and ask your designer why certain selections were made for you.