A good home design should provide an environment that is both healthy and beautiful for the occupants.  There are many things you can consider during your home design, but it is very important that you make health the priority.  Hire experienced professionals who believe in your vision of creating a healthy home.  Be creative and add your personal touch.  Here are ten essential healthy home design strategies to consider.

1.  Avoiding Color Overload

This decision should be made when selecting what colors you are going to have your rooms painted.  The last thing you want is color overload; it will make your house look messy and lack elegance. The colors you choose to paint a given room should reflect the furniture and anything else that will be put in that room.

2.  Furniture Arrangements for Your Healthy Home Design

The most common design mistake people make is pushing furniture against the wall.  It creates disjointed areas in the centre and lacks balance.  Pushing items such couches and chairs toward the centre of the room creates more serene and intimate environments.

3.  Matching Furniture in Your Healthy Home Design

When comes to selecting new furniture, most people end up buying matching sets.  This is an effort to create harmony in the room.  Unfortunately, it also makes one of the primary goals, being unique, difficult to achieve. For your room to be in harmony, the furniture just needs to match, it doesn’t have to be a set.  Mixing and matching is a better strategy to let your creative wings soar and create something beautiful.

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Make sure to use non-toxic, zero volatile organic compounds (VOCs) paint for your design.  Many volatile organic compounds are also hazardous air pollutants.  Use non-toxic furniture in your home to avoid health concerns including cancer that flame-retardants, anti-microbial treatments, and stain and water-repelling treatments pose.

4.  Natural Elements in Healthy Home Design

Photo by abodwell interior design- Brittney Fischbeck

It doesn’t stop there; living rooms in 2018 won’t simply imitate nature this year.  Designers are bringing the outside in with bold greenery and other natural accents, like live-edge wood and unique stones and rocks.

“Natural elements are great for a residential interior, as they help to promote relaxation,” says Riverside, IL, interior designer Maura Braun. “Think of how relaxing a walk in the woods can feel. Having a coffee table made out of a tree is the next best thing to create this feeling of comfort and relaxation.”

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House Plants in Healthy Home Design

Greenhouse-inspired interiors remain hot.  Most popular: colorful, hard-to-kill plants with ornately patterned leaves.  Planters and stands are also enjoying a creative revival. “It’s not just about the plant, but the vessel,” Wood said. “It’s not your grandma’s plant stand.”

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5.  Bedroom Design Strategy

Daniel Hopwood’s The Sound of Silence, Hyde Park, London

Master suite by interior designer Daniel Hopwood for his project The Sound of Silence in Hyde Park, London.  Photo: Andrew Beasley

In the master bedroom, subtle white and gold wallpaper plays off the regal drapes, gifting the room with glamour.  No stone was left unturned in the Sound of Silence.  From the enormous walk-in closet—fully customized for the client’s spectacular wardrobe—to the bathrooms festooned with sharp lines and contemporary fixtures, Hopwood ensured that the home reflected the needs, individuality, and style of the owner.  He even went so far as to include a hydraulic dog bath for the client’s two rather large furry friends.

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6.  Healthy Home Design with Green Building Materials

Millennials are choosing eco-friendly materials such as non-toxic paint, Energy Star appliances and LEED-compliant light fixtures in and around the home.  The EPA recently estimated that homeowners save up to $501 every year with eco-friendly windows, for example, so the trend is fitting in well with this cost-conscious generation.

7.  Sustainability in Healthy Home Design

This generation is the most sustainability-focused generation ever.  They’re looking for renewable energy sources within apartment blocks, sharing resources, supporting surrounding independent businesses and using green materials.  Almost half of Millennials are interested in solar panels for their homes, and show a keen interest in growing their own food.  Gardening is good for the environment and works well with recent healthy living trends.  Expect to see more small gardens, window-box gardens, or community gardens where this generation takes up residence.

Millennials currently account for 83.1 million people in the United States alone.  Their influence on demand and popular trends knows no bounds.  The home design of today and tomorrow is all about flexibility, sustainability, minimalism and natural effect interiors – easy to live in, yet stylish and unobtrusive.  Most importantly, awareness of environmental challenges we face globally is translating into eco-friendly lifestyles.  It’s a change worth celebrating.

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Ensure you use healthy building materials as they are non-toxic.

8.  Healthy Home Design with Concrete Accents

Step aside, white marble: It’s concrete’s time in the spotlight.

“It’s a really affordable, high-impact design element,” Parker said.

Already used for floors and countertops, the versatile, accessible material is now showing up in more iunexpected ways, including in home accessories, such as pendant lighting and furniture.

“We’re seeing new uses (of it) on all kinds of hardscaping surfaces,” Parker said.  “On anything you can think of, people are casting it.”

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9.  Lighting for Your Healthy Home Design

As if that weren’t enough to think about, you should also take into account the color of the light bulbs you employ.  Warm or yellow light is generally considered better for living areas, as it inspires comfy, cozy feelings. The bluer end of the spectrum, often employed in industrial settings, may be appropriate for the garage or for a home office.  Color temperature is measured in kelvins.  Warm light is at the lower end of the scale.  Candlelight, for example, comes in at 1,800K while direct sunlight measures 4,800K.  A 100-watt incandescent or halogen bulb is typically in the 2,800K to 3,000K range.

Planning the scheme of lighting for your home might not feel like second nature to you.  It means considering a number of factors that may not be familiar.  However, taking the time to learn new concepts and apply them in an intelligent way can help you develop a scheme that balances style, comfort and utility.

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Since research shows that the everage person spends about 90% of their time indoors, it is important to design your home to allow plenty of natural daylight in the house.  Your healthy home design should improve your vision and sleep quality and reduce symptoms of myopia, eye strain, headache, and depression to name a few.

10.  Some of the Conditions That Can Make You More Likely to Fall:

Home hazards or dangers such as

  • broken or uneven steps, and
  • throw rugs or clutter that can be tripped over.

Most falls are caused by a combination of risk factors.  The more risk factors a person has, the greater their chances of falling.

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  • Get rid of things you could trip over.
  • Add grab bars inside and outside your tub or shower and next to the toilet.
  • Put railings on both sides of stairs.
  • Make sure your home has lots of light by adding more or brighter light bulbs.

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Home design is more than esthetics.  Your health and well-being should play important role in the decisions you make and your final design.

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