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What is Holistic Design?

The benefits of Holistic Interior Design, its focus on sustainability, and how your home can affect your health and wellbeing.

What is Holistic Design?

The benefits of Holistic Interior Design, its focus on sustainability, and how your home can affect your health and wellbeing.

7 Benefits of Holistic Interior Design


1. Sustainability – Good for All

    Empathetic and client-focused, Holistic Designers challenge perceptions of what good interior design should mean.

    Akin to the concept of permaculture, its true purpose is sustainability, improving the wellbeing of its inhabitants and the environment.

    Natural materials, sustainable processes and ethical working practices improve both our own health and that of our wider community.

Chair with plant

2. Personal Spaces – Feel at Home

    Interior Design can often focus on the visual aspects of a space – colour palettes and spatial design.

    Often making a radical change to conform to a particular style or trend, it’s out with the old and in with the new.

    Spaces that make us happiest on a deeper level, however, are those which are soulful, reflecting our personalities.

    They ground us, making us feel “at home”.

    Holistic designers challenge your personal design preferences, probing deeper into any potential household style or colour conflicts.

    Discerning how, why, when, and by whom spaces are used allows designers to focus on desired behaviours.

    Careful consideration of all the components ensures each space works well for the people using it.

    A home should reflect the true personalities of its occupants.

Colourful bookcase

3. Health & Wellbeing at Home

    Your home can be responsible for behavioural or health issues.

    Holistic designers assess for geopathic stresses and EMF disturbances. Feng Shui and Zen intuition are used to assess energy flow throughout the property.

    The focus is on increasing light, ventilation and energy flow to the space and removing any toxins and pollutants.

    When you open windows, create access to them, and remove anything blocking windowsills, you maximise your available light.

    Using rooms for different functions or times of the day makes use of natural light sources and direction. Changing layouts can also ensure spaces and energy flows freely.

Well lit room with chair, cup and wall artwork

4. Multi-Sensory Spaces

    Holistic designers also consider senses other than just the visual.

    Acoustics, aromas, lighting, thermal comfort, and energy levels are all important considerations.

    Lighting is key, so task and mood lighting need to suit the tasks and amount of people using the space.

    Full spectrum lighting and/or light tunnels could be used in a dark space, to brighten it and create natural daylight.

Holistic Interiors. Cat in sunlight

5. Thermal Comfort

   Thermal comfort is vital.

    If you are too hot or cold, it can radically affect how well you can work, rest, relax and sleep.

    Using central heating or air conditioning is not only bad for your budget (particularly now costs are soaring) but also for the environment.

Cat on radiator

6. Ambience & Mood

    Acoustics are also important and minimising disruptive sounds can help to reduce stress.

    Sounds can then be introduced to create the desired mood.

    Familiar music is proven to lower stress and can be as subtle or intrusive as the situation demands – even when played quietly, it can distract from an annoying background noise.

    Aromas can be layered to help with or complement different tasks or create moods.

    Some spaces change their use depending on the time of day, so the aroma may change accordingly.

Silk flower artwork

7. Biophilic Design

    Colour, texture, pattern and shapes all have an impact on how a space feels.

    Natural wood, colour tones, organic (non-linear) shapes and patterns influenced by the natural world, all help to ground us and make us feel safe and secure.

    Even images of plants can improve your well-being.

    Studies have shown that hospital patients recover quicker and with less pain medication when allowed a view of the natural world.

    From painting walls soft green to a window with a view, our bodies thrive when connected to the outside world.

    Using natural paints, flooring, furnishings, lighting, furnishings and window treatments all help to bring the outside in.

Wallpaper samples

Holistic Interior Design – Summary

    The true purpose of Holistic Interior Design is sustainability.

    This is achieved through a balance of measures and design philosophy to consider all aspects of our indoor lives.

    Using natural materials reduces exposure to chemical toxins and pollutants, improving our own health and well-being.

    By bringing the outside in, through plants and biophilic design we ground ourselves, keeping connected to the natural world.

    By using natural resources to heat and light our homes, we save money and the planet.

    Engaging companies with sustainable processes and ethical working practices improve the lives of our wider community as well as the environment.

    The benefit of Holistic Interior Design is that it focuses on what’s best for you and your family, lifestyle, and home style.

    Rather than repeating design trends, your space will be a bespoke design to suit you and built to last.

    Creating a true reflection of your inner self allows you to be well and thrive in your space.

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