Mindfulness and Interior Design
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Mindfulness and Interior Design: Reducing Stress and Promoting Wellbeing

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Mindfulness and Interior DesignMindfulness is known for its calming and anxiety-relieving benefits and is a widely used form of meditation and the techniques range from at home to professional use. Mindfulness techniques range from focus, to breathing to movement so it is crucial that your environment around you is suited to this. Not all mindfulness is a set of techniques, often the best form of mindfulness is subconscious however for this to occur you need the environment around you to be calm and serene. Here are some mindfulness inspired interior design techniques to make your home the ideal environment for meditation and relaxation.

Minimalism

No matter how literal you take this tip your wellbeing will thank you for it! Some people may find it necessary to clear their home of all unnecessary items, including TVs and sofas, however, this tip will still work well in aiding mindfulness even if you just declutter. Minimalism in interior design, essentially means getting rid of things you never use, is a great place to start as well as throwing away old items like old magazines. Getting rid of the things that you aren’t attached to and decluttering will give you more space in your home and can make the room seem larger and fresher, it also gives you less to focus on, giving you a great opportunity to get mindful.

Colour

Colour is a great technique to promote mindfulness and can be used in so many ways, even certain therapists will opt to use colour in sessions to really induce that feeling of openness and serenity. One well known technique to bring meaningful colour into your home is to create a colour page, list all of the colours that spark some kind of reaction from you, some colours are better than others for some people and their past experiences and memories of color will dictate what will be best for them. Using these colours and what emotions they spike, it’s time to choose the colours that make you feel calm and relaxed and add splashes of it to your home. Whether its cream, green, black or pink finding the right shade for you is crucial, paint your walls or add some décor as the sight of these colours will help you regain focus and go back to mindfulness.

Air Purification

Often the air in your home can seem impure, purifying this air can restore your energy and help you find peace within your own home as well as aid with general wellbeing. From your breathing to the candles you burn, there are so many ways the air in your home can become impure. There are ways to solve this such as candles, instead of lighting regular paraffin candles which can cause chemicals and impurities to settle in the air around you, using bees wax candles can improve on-air purity as they burn the same way but won’t cause impurities in the air around you. Plants are also a great way to purify the air around you, and they bring in some nature into the home which is a great aid with mindfulness.

Room Assignment

These tips don’t need to run across all of the rooms in your home, sometimes It can be hard to maintain a minimalist household and often multi coloured walls across each room can be overwhelming. However it is beneficial to have a room in your home that you assign to mindfulness, creating a conditioned response to a certain room in your home can help with getting into the right headspace for mindfulness. So assigning a room to mindfulness is a great way to use all of these interior design tips in one space to really help with your wellbeing.

Creating the right environment for your subconscious to thrive in, therefore, can be achieved through the strategic use of colour, style, lighting, and air quality. Once the right balance is found, your mind can begin to focus on what really matters- your wellbeing.

Lauren Author

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