Wellness is always a buzzword that gets bandied about a lot during the first few months of a new year. Talk of cutting back, taking time out and getting in touch with the inner ‘you’ is akin to an annual debt that is prescribed to counter the frivolity of the Christmas period. But what if we shelved all that ‘once a year’ wellness chat and started to take it all a bit more seriously? Apparently, that’s what 2019 is all about.
Wellness is set to be a big interiors trend in 2019 with all sorts of experts arguing that instead of signing up for the gym or doing Veganuary, the very best gift you can give yourself this year, is a home interior that’s designed to help you take the very best care of you. But what would such a home look like on paper? Let’s take a look.
Eco furnishings, finishes and fittings
How environmentally friendly are your design choices? And what do you suppose is the impact of consciously making eco choices? For some time, upcycling furniture and other interiors items have been a popular way to be kinder to the planet when making our design choices. Purchasing second hand can save items from landfill and could save you some cash too, but interest in eco-decorating is expected to really supercharge this year. Sure you repurposing and re-painting old furniture is a good start, but it’s time to be more aware of materials too.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are reported to be decorating an eco-friendly nursery for their little bundle. On their list of products to use is vegan paint, which is free of things like crushed beetle. Consumers are becoming more conscious of what they put on their walls in general, with many now opting to use low toxin paints. They’re also seeking out furniture free of varnishes that contain volatile organic compounds (VOC). Not heard of VOCs before? Find an introduction here.
Creating space to think, do, and breathe
New build homes are getting smaller. In fact, UK living rooms have shrunk by a third since the 1970s according to research. But while our walls are creeping closer together, fondness for buying shiny new things hasn’t left us. Owning lots of stuff requires lots of organising, storage space and potentially means more cleaning too. It’s harder to navigate what’s on your shelves or in your cupboards.
So far in 2019, we’ve seen a massive surge in people seeking to declutter their homes, in part due to the popularity of the Marie Kondo TV series on Netflix. The author of The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up has inspired thousands of us to part with items that no longer spark joy. Thanks to the show, charity shops have reportedly seen a huge increase in donations.
However, creating space to think isn’t just about clearing things away. It can also be about designing a special space for relaxation or reflection. Screen-free reading nooks have proved a popular interiors trend of the last few years, and you could argue the sustained interest in bar carts and drink trolleys is also part of a wider trend for homeowners to carve out a little corner for relaxation in the home.
Of course, drinking alcohol is rarely painted in a positive light when it comes to wellness. You may prefer to get your liquid refreshment by designing your ultimate bathroom haven, somewhere with a superbly comfortable bath like these from Bathdisc. Along with the perfect tub, you’ll need just the right décor and ambient lighting to set the scene for time spent unwinding.
Want to breathe easy? A yoga or pilates corner could help you to ditch stress and to start and end the day with your ‘self’ sharply in focus. And while you’re at it. If you’re committing yourself to improving your physical self through exercise and meditation, why not complement those efforts with some simple home interiors choices too?
Think about bringing more natural light into your home during daylight hours to give energy, aid concentration and improve mood. Or could you nurture some houseplants to improve the air around you, which could reduce stress or improve your sleep quality. In research carried out by NASA, house plants were shown to reduce indoor pollutants, helping you to breathe more easily.
Are you making changes in 2019 to focus on wellness and self-care? If so, will you be making any design decisions in the home based on your goals? Have you already gone full Marie Kondo on the contents of your bathroom cabinets or perhaps you’re planning to bring in some house plants?
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