On average, most of us spend 90% of our day inside so it makes sense to ensure our environment has a positive effect upon our wellbeing. Both physiological and psychological factors need to be considered in tandem with the building and the people that are going to live there.
Practical elements such as ensuring a room has plenty of natural light, adequate ventilation, space to move around and a view are some simple remedies. Obviously this is more straightforward with a new build and a forward thinking architect but there are many ways to work this into an established home. The less tangible psychological factors such as ownership and connectivity, when you really feel your home is a reflection of you and your aspirations is profoundly powerful in its ability to lift the people who live there. Get it wrong or just don't think about it at all, and you can feel lack lustre, out of place and ungrounded. In a 2011 European Commission report on well-being, the “quality of residence” was related to one’s well-being, with notable factors including: “size, the interior or decor, the idea of a comfortable and pleasant dwelling… owning a healthy and eco-friendly house [and] liking the home you are in.”
So what constitutes a well designed interior? A place where your happiness, emotional state, physiology, behavior and senses are nurtured and nourished. On a practical level, where consideration has been given to the light levels, temperature zones, sound proofing, adequate storage, interaction and flow. On a personal level, where your preferences relating to colour, materials, scent, style and decoration are translated into your sanctuary.
Capturing the essence of what makes a great space is then in part practical and personal, getting it right is the partnership between client and interior designer. Finding out what makes my client tick, why did they love that particulate Spa, Restaurant or Hotel ? "Where would you shop for clothes, money no object,"is always a brilliant way to get the conversation flowing and focussed on the style direction that will lift the spirits of the people that live there.