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Transforming Your Living Space: How to Decorate an Environment that Promotes Health and Wellness

Over recent years, we have all seen the growth in prioritising our mental health. It is important to promote health and wellness in all area of our lives, including within our home environment. Here are some tips for how you can design your living environment to improve your health and wellbeing:

Indoor Plants

Over the years, the benefits of indoor plants on our health and wellbeing have become apparent. The benefits can include:

  • Improved mood levels

  • Reduced stress levels

  • Increased productivity

  • Improved attention span

  • Reduced blood pressure

  • Reduced fatigue and headaches

Indoor plants are also a good way to decrease indoor air pollution, due to the compounds they take in and the compounds they release.

Indoor plant in glass jar

Natural Light

Natural light is something that we can all appreciate, as it can brighten and give life to your space, making your day feel a little bit better. However, the importance of it goes further than this, with natural light providing many health benefits, including:

  • Boosts vitamin D - a nutrient that prevents bone loss, reduces the risk of heart disease, weight gain and some cancers.

  • Reduces seasonal depression

  • Improves sleep

  • Decreases health risks that come with artificial lighting - migraines and eye strain

Room with lots of natural light


Whilst having a simple and minimalist home might be aesthetically pleasing, research shows that adding colour to a room, can provide several health benefits. Below are ways you can use colour to create a welcoming atmosphere:

  • Calm and Relaxed - If you want your house to feel soothing and relaxing, choose the colour pink. If you want it to feel calm through nature, choose green.

  • Increase Confidence - If you want your house to feel bold and vibrant choose orange.

  • Love - If you want you feel full of love, choose hints of red.

It is vital to consider the balance of these colours. Too little might go unnoticed, but too much may become overwhelming.

Colour is a very personal topic, so choose colours depending on how you feel, as one that may make another person feel overwhelmed, might make you feel relaxed and at peace.

Pink wall with mirror and decor


Have you heard the phrase a tidy space equals a tidy mind? A cluttered and disorganised space can make it challenging to do everyday tasks, leaving you feeling stressed and anxious. By putting time aside to clean and declutter, it can promote a positive mental health, as you can go about your day more efficiently. By making the space tidy and bright, it will encourage happiness and calmness within your home.

When choosing what furniture to place in a room, ensure that it compliments the space. Don't leave it feeling overcrowded or empty, instead plan what is going to make it feel homely.

Spacious Family Room

It is important that everyone considers these areas when decorating accommodation, whether it is for a school, supported housing or for your own home, because everyone deserves an environment that promotes a positive mental health.

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