Whether it is a commercial space or residential area, architects and designers are increasingly looking at ways to create spaces that are good for the physical and mental health of everyone who uses it. Designing a space that boosts the well-being of people, that calms, and encourages relaxation and rejuvenation is absolutely essential in today’s world where everyone is overworked and overstimulated. We need to rethink our spaces to create de-stress zones and bring some tranquility to our lives. Nature plays a big role when it comes to designing for wellness. The healing power of nature cannot be understated and weaving nature or natural elements into space brings positivity, wholesomeness, and harmony in the setting.
If you are designing for wellness, the first thing you should keep in mind is the use of sustainable, non-toxic, eco-friendly materials and practices all around. When it comes to paints, crafting furniture, etc., use materials that have few or no volatile organic compounds and other toxic chemicals. Keeping pollutants and chemical odors out and incorporating sufficient ventilation into space will help you create a welcoming and nurturing space. Integrating natural or recycled elements such as wood, stone & glass in the space along with framed views of nature, the inclusion of water features, adequate natural light, plants, and other elements of biophilic design will help you maintain a healthy indoor environment.
Wellness design is not just limited to the interiors of the space. It is also about creating easy access to inviting outdoor space. Incorporating nature into a built environment or exposing the space to images of nature outdoors or simply easy access to nature is proven to improve the health and well-being of humans. The idea of forging a connection with nature is extremely important to create a peaceful space.
Beauty and nature are two different aspects that have been proven to have an impact on human health, well-being, and behavior. Research has shown that design which thoughtfully looks at evoking the beauty of nature in it has positive effects on learning, social behavior, and emotional wellness.
Designing a space is something that individuals do but designing for wellness is something that is a key influence on occupant health, happiness, and overall sensorial experience. Nature’s value in space extends beyond aesthetics and influences human health and well-being. It can support psychological and emotional wellness and foster calm in the setting.