1. Be Yourself!
The spaces you inhabit - your bedroom, your living room, your office, even your bathroom - should be a reflection of your personality & your style. Hang inspirational prints on the walls & be brave! Don't fill up the space with what's trending, but fill it up with the things you love and that make you happy. When we pass by a room, there is so much subconscious energy that passes through and we don't even realize it. Be selective with what you put in your space.
2. Let There be Light!
Natural light has a big impact on our health and well-being. If you're designing an office, make sure you are getting enough light to cut down on eye strain & headaches. Look out for glares from windows & overhead light. Lighting can be the best decoration if done right, so make sure you have a variety of lighting in every room.
If the space you are working with has windows, make sure you locate your furniture and equipment to take advantage of views and natural air. Getting a nice breeze from the outdoors is more comfortable and healthier than turning on the A/C. Get rid of distractions. If you don't have windows, put up a piece of your favorite artwork on the wall. Make sure you have something interesting & inspiring to look at when you look up from the computer.
4. Function over Form
Your space needs to serve you, not the other way around. You shouldn't add something to your space just because it looks "pretty." It has to add value to your space and make it more meaningful to you. What's the point of having a beautiful chair if it's uncomfortable to sit on?
5. Go Green!
Bring the outdoors in! Add plants to all of the rooms you inhabit, whether they are small or large. They are not expensive and they add texture & color to your space. Depending on which plant you choose, they can also add scents to your spaces (something that is very key for the visually impaired). Plants also clean the air and balance humidity.
6. Flowing Waters
Add a water feature. I'm sure everyone has a little stress in their life & could use some stress relief and relaxation at the end of a long day. Water features can bring stress relief and relaxation to your spaces. Fountains also act as natural humidifiers, adding moisture to a dry room. Indoor water features can improve the air in your home with negative ions, reducing the air pollution. Dust is attracted by the negative ions so your water fountain is constantly working to purify the air. You will be amazed at how the soft sound of water can drown out other sounds around you like traffic, voices in the next room and that dog that always barks every night.
7. True Colors
Choose the right colors. Paint smaller rooms in softer, lighter colors to help make the room feel larger. On the other hand, darker colors will make a room feel smaller. Even with a lot of natural light and the strategic placement of the mirrors, a room in a darker shade would have a more boxed-in feel to it. A pop of color will brighten and re-energize any room! It’s amazing how something so simple as a coat of colorful paint can instantly energize and transform your space. Perhaps the simplest and most inexpensive way to transform a boring space is to apply a coat of paint somewhere unexpected.
Your home and all of the spaces that you inhabit should be tailored to you. At Senses & Spaces, we live to design spaces that make our clients happy and healthy. If you are interested in designing your home or office to improve your life, contact us and we can make your dream a reality.