Can your home design help your wellbeing? (Picture: Getty)
As the wellness industry shows no signs of disappearing, it’s clear people want every bit of their lives to do them some good.
The home is the obvious place to start, and a new report predicts ‘healing homes’ will be a big part of the interior design space in the future.
Made.com says the home will have more on-demand stress relief features and make greater use of the senses for an all-encompassing experience.
Julia Rouzaud, founder and director at GoodMoods.com, says: ‘The house will become a real wellness temple: design will bend towards the quest for comfort with ever-more luxurious seats and bedding solutions with integrated tech options temperature management, virtual assistants, accessories that promote personal care and “health hack” technologies that create a real home spa.’
We might see more tech development here and more consumers buying into it.
Couches, chairs and beds that will be able to be switched to ‘relaxation mode’, through full-body vibrations and coloured lights with synchronised with headsets to activate calming brain responses, could be increasingly apparent in the home.
Over the last few years, the furniture platform says wellness has become increasingly integrated into our everyday lifestyles – they’re seeing evidence of it in how people design their homes and the things they choose to feature inside.
Though devoid of tech, the rise in plants in the home, both for aesthetic reasons and for their calming benefits, is further evidence of this movement.
Houseplants are a great way to give healing homes a go (Picture: Getty Images)
Other interpretations of how to heal through your home are set to arise.
Justine Kontou, sensorial design and spatial wellbeing specialist, says: ‘People have become aware of the influence the environment has on their state of mind.
‘I foresee more sensorial elements in our future home: materials with different textures that stimulate you to touch them, the use of different scents for different moods, the role of acoustic materials, but also the influence of colours.
‘With modular systems as well as technology and lighting, we will be able to easily adjust the colours of walls, cabinet doors and room dividers.’
Scent, touch and sound will play big roles here, and the use of scent-scaping in particular is predicted to grow.
Part of the reason for the rise in healing homes is that ‘stressed and anxious’ consumers will look for easy ways to integrate relaxation and mindfulness into their domestic spaces – making their self-care routine part of their living habits.
For example, scent-scaping can be done to inspire feelings of calm, so to walk into a room with pine tree scents over nothing at all, that can help take the edge off of an anxious mind.
Made.com also predicts sleep-deprived consumers will invest in smart designs to promote better rest, taking things a step further from just avoiding blue light.
The brand says: ‘More and more people are looking for easy-access transportive experiences that offer cross-sensory immersion.
‘This will see scents paired with touch or sound to create immersive moments of respite and rejuvenation.’
This is all in aid of ‘harmony and healing’ – and isn’t that what a home should offer everyone?
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