Architects and interior designers agree that space has a very real impact on how we feel. Neuroscientists and psychologists are not far behind with new research that discusses the way aesthetics affect our decisions, emotional responses and the way we feel about ourselves.
We now know that the way light enters a room, the colors we choose for our floors and walls, and even the shape and texture of our furniture and home accessories all work together to influence how we feel and how we perform, both consciously and subconsciously.
The sole objective of some industrial interior design execution firms has been to provide comfort to reduce the stress level of employees. It is very important to ensure that the inhabitants of any space – be it a home or a health care centre or an office have an optimal experience within that space. There are various factors that are of relevance at the execution stage of an interior design project.
Visual distraction and connection to nature. Blurred boundaries between the outdoors and indoors. Not just through sight but also through the five senses to promote the human experience with nature by integrating natural textures, forms, and patterns. Ofcourse that is why you see more and more commercial complexes, offices and homes creating green spaces within and just outside their confining walls.
Natural light, dynamic and diffused light. The goal is to connect as much as possible to natural light via windows or skylights to reinforce the natural rhythms of day and night. This design consideration helps to regulate your bodies natural circadian patterns.
Ambience in the audio environment, sound privacy and again connection to nature and natural sounds where possible to improve well being.
Thermal comfort and a sense of control over your environment to provide warmth and cooling as and when needed.
The air we breathe is one of our most vital necessities of life. How a building ‘breathes’ and how it will impact on your respiratory system is so important to your health. That is why we see more and more projects being equipped with commercial air purifiers and air purifying plants too.
Proximity to water and views of water are proven to have many wellbeing benefits including reduced stress, lower heart rate and blood pressure, increased feelings of tranquility, positive emotional responsiveness, improved concentration and perception, and memory restoration.
Privacy and a sense of safety, shelter and security. In essence it can be said that our home is there to provide this base human need for shelter in our hierarchy of needs. This gives us a sense of control over our environment to feel autonomous in our space.
Spaces that allow for meaningful social interaction and connection to others again provides that important human need to feel connected and loved by others. That is why there are more and more instances of open offices with cubicles, partitions instead of thick walls within workspaces.
Use of natural and locally sourced building materials is so important for human health and also the health of our planet. The helps to reduce our carbon footprint by producing locally and even avoiding transporting material over long distances.
All these above points collectively affect “human comfort” and promote wellbeing. It has been observed that elevated stress levels often lead to diseases like obesity, diabetes, depression, cervical, accelerated aging, etc. at a very young
age. So, in order to make sure that the employees or residents do not fall into this trap, a perfect human-centered designed space is most essential.
Offering his own definition to the centuries-old question of “what is beauty” — French writer Stendhal observes that: “Beauty is the promise of happiness.” Indisputably there are as many styles of beauty as visions of happiness. Necessity creates certain limits but not at the expense of common sense. If we know that space influences how we feel then why don’t we make more effort to create “beauty” in places where feeling inspired is key to community, key to social and personal growth and key to learning — schools, homes, offices and even in lower income housing. While we may not be able to create spaces that aesthetically please every user, we can certainly create spaces that consciously manipulate aesthetic elements to encourage more meaningful, satisfying and joyful experiences.
Today most of the evolved interior project executors take wellness design principles into consideration, either consciously or unconsciously. They are beautiful ideas and also something built into their design ethos and way of looking at the world. Their goal is to foster wellness through the medium of architecture. Afterall architecture has an important place in society to protect and enhance living. To create an environment in which the person experiencing the space feels in flow with their purpose, lifestyle and energy. Architecture works to enhance and improve the activity that happens in that space. Today leading firms in the interiors execution domain strive to create places with soul, a place that feels alive and makes you feel at peace, at ease and loved.
In the up and coming blog posts we’ll be discussing our wellness interior execution principles in more detail.
“Great buildings that move the spirit have always been rare. In every case they are unique, poetic, products of the heart. Dynamics are more important than just the structure: the dynamics of people, their interaction with spaces and environmental condition. We try to give people a different way of looking at their surroundings. That’s art to us.”