Home isn’t a place, it’s a feeling – Cecelia Ahern
It is often said that there is no place like home for it is a place where you feel safe, loved and appreciated. And given the unprecedented times we live in, where our lives have been dominated by the corona virus pandemic, the importance of ‘being home’ can hardly be overemphasised. Given the fact that most people are staying indoors in the current situation, it is key that we make our surroundings comfortable and create a space where we not only feel physically and mentally healthy but also experience a sense of calm and inner peace.
Wellness in homes: a growing design ethos
Research and studies have shown that the design of residential spaces has a great influence on the physical as well as emotional wellbeing of its inmates. Hence there is a growing need to embody elements of design that provide positive vibes and nourish the body, mind and spirit. Wellness focused home décor does not necessarily mean drastic changes involving a heavy investment in time and money. It is all about adding in small elements, maybe a bunch of fresh flowers, green plants or a stack of books, that make you happy and trigger positive emotions.
Bring in a sense of comfort and familiarity
It is important to bring in an element of nostalgia that helps bring in emotional security. “Anything that evokes familiarity gives us a feeling of comfort. It could be cane and wicker crafted furniture, things we grew up with and those in our grandparents’ homes like the beautiful hand-crafted mid-century furniture with swooping silhouettes and glowing teak. The sense of touch and texture is crucial during these times” says Latika Khosla, Founder-Director Freedom Tree Design.
Special focus on kids’ room
It is an understatement to say that it has been a very difficult time for children. “Creating an ambience for kids which is mindful and brings calm to kids is important. It means a space where the child feels engaged, secure, and comfortable; it could be a cosy reading corner or a dedicated active play area” says Romilla Tewari, Founder and Creative Head of Thinkcutieful.
Colour therapy and more
Colours play a significant role in bringing those invigorating vibes. Pastel hues and earthy colours like blue, green etc have a cooling effect while colours like mustard, orange, rust etc add in warmth. Little things like lighting scented candles, the aroma of essential oils, creating a zen corner, table styling and bringing out exquisite cutlery during dinner time and adding in elements like rugs, throws and even baskets can help make your home your sanctuary.
Another version of this article was first published in the New Indian Express here.