Home design choices are often made on style and desires. However, being healthy is important to most people so choices are also made to maintain wellbeing.

So, can home design choices help you to also make wellbeing choices? The simple answer is ‘Yes’. You can select design features that help you maintain a healthier lifestyle in a variety of ways. Your choices can help you get better sleep, feel less stressed, and perhaps even eat more healthily. If you want to create a healthy home, there are some smart choices you can make to get what you’re looking for. Try these options create the home you want.

Focus on Sleep Hygiene in the Bedroom

Getting enough sleep is extremely important to your health. You might not realise how easy it is to disrupt your sleep patterns. Many things can influence how well you sleep, from the light in your room to the temperature. Good sleep hygiene helps you to get enough shut-eye and can involve making the right home design choices for your bedroom.

Focus on creating a calming room, with neutral or pastel colours and a tidy design. It’s also a good idea to think about light. During the day, there should be plenty of natural light and air flow. At night, blackout blinds or curtains are preferable.

Maintaining hygiene extends to occasionally putting your pillows and duvet out in the sun. Full sun on pillows helps to blast mites and bacteria. Don’t put your duvet in direct sunlight, otherwise it may fade. But do hang it in the wind to freshen the fabric.

Make Healthy Food and Drink Accessible

The right diet is important for your health too, and your home design choices can help to facilitate it. You can focus on the kitchen, but it doesn’t have to be the only place where you use healthy features. For example, consider using water coolers around your home. You can use them to filter water so that it’s healthier. You’ll have water on hand any time you want it so you won’t be tempted to choose a less healthy drink. You could also consider having a mini-fridge with healthy snacks somewhere convenient. In the kitchen, choose surfaces that you can easily keep clean.

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Create a Dedicated Workspace

Many people work from home, but not everyone has their own space to work in. A lot of people have a desk in their bedroom. This isn’t very good sleep hygiene and can make it hard to separate work and relaxation. If you can, find a space just for you to work in. A common option is a spare bedroom, although it’s not ideal if you sometimes have guests staying in it. A well-lit garage or attic may be a good option. Incredibly, you can even set up a compact but operational office in a small space such as a cupboard.
If there’s nowhere in the house, consider setting up a an area in your garden. You can create a small shed-like space and connect it to your power supply.

Control Light and Noise

Light and noise in your home are both important elements to control. Make home design choices that allow you to personalise them to your liking. For example, plantation shutters on your windows or doors will help you control the sunshine. You can let in or keep out as much as you want. Reducing noise might involve sound-proofing, especially in media rooms and even bedrooms. However, you can also do other things such as plugging gaps and hanging the right doors.
When you design your home’s interiors, keep your health in mind. You could create a much healthier home with a few simple choices.

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