Soulful Home, Healthy Mind
Posted on August 19, 2016
6 reflective design tips for fostering wellness
By Susie Frazier
Every decorative decision we make in our homes directly influences our mental health. Much like our food choices affect our physical bodies, the interior design elements within our built environments impact our emotional minds. Yet all too often in our western culture, we find ourselves placing more emphasis on how something looks than how it makes us feel, and then we wonder why we’re still anxious.
One remedy lies in mindful practices that turn off the autopilot and awaken each of us to become master curators of our personal spaces. It’s what my partners at Mont Surfaces and I call “Reflective Design,” in which decorative decisions aren’t based on fads or trends but rather a client’s most authentic self, resulting in a natural feeling of calm and centeredness. This is accomplished through intentional choices, lots of editing and a deep commitment to who we really are on a soul level. Here are six principals for bringing this philosophy to your life.
- Give prominence to earth materials
- Integrate visual patterns from nature
- Cultivate intimate environments
- Introduce tactile elements
- Only add décor if it holds meaning
- Choose colors that feed the soul
Look for our upcoming posts on the six reflective design principals!
Susie Frazier is a designer of biophilic art and interior accents designed to support well-being.