6 Reasons Extra Space in The Home Can Promote Positive Wellbeing
Want some more head space in your place? George Chandler at LMB Group takes a look at ways more space can help your mental wellbeing.
One of many things that 2020 has taught us is that extra space in the home has subtly transitioned from a luxury to an absolute necessity! As 2021 approaches, do you need some head space in your new place? Studies show that creating extra space for the home creates a mind-blowing amount of extra space for the mind!
For centuries, a house is not a home until each area of space is assigned to a particular task. We sleep in the bedroom; we work in the study and we rejuvenate, unwind and bathe in the bathroom. So, unless you’re completely mad and you enjoy cooking eggs in the gym, performing wild yoga moves in the kitchen and invite guests to barbecue events in the loft – It’s pretty clear that ‘the norm’ is the best way, with this unwritten rule here to stay!
Here are LMB’s top 6 reasons why extra space in the home can promote positive wellbeing.
1. Celebrate Space
We recognise that the concept of health and wellbeing is not limited to simply exercise, diet, or ‘that’ endorphin spike we receive when our school days crush hits ‘like’ on our Facebook profile photo.
Far more than that, in addition to our physical health, the house we live in plays a huge part in the way we interact and behave. With lockdowns imposed in 2020 and uncertainty plaguing our culture, renovation is sweeping the nation with extra space at the forefront of people minds and we understand how our home is central to our wellbeing.
Even a home’s ceiling height has a huge influence, with phycological studies showing that people who live in buildings with higher ceilings and more light are not only more creative but far more engaged during social gatherings.
2. Relationship Breather
Let’s face it, even the best relationships need a little space from time to time. It is tedious arguing over the television remote again and no matter how unified a family may be, ‘extra space for an hour or ten’ is considered to be a healthy, harmless and sometimes a necessary process to a happy home.
3. Happy Families!
From diffusing arguments between bunkbed sharing siblings to pointless rows over the television remote, simply allowing for one extra room in the house can have a powerful effect on our collective wellbeing, allowing us to experience that much needed ‘us time’ in peace whilst we unwind from our stressful days. I’ll cheers to that!
4. Sucker for A Succulent
Step aside avocado (we still love you but you are so last year!) We are having a love affair with plants in 2020. As of late, the leafy goodness has taken centre stage in becoming the new cool things for millennials and allowing them in from the outdoors, they are here to not only decorate our homes but to reduce even panic attacks!
A sucker for a succulent, even an earthy, airy, or botanical design can play a part on the psychology of our wellbeing (no matter how trivial) have a profound effect on who we are.
For an Autumnal, comforting, cosy and energetic feel- combined with flamboyance, eclectic and intense feels, plants (more specifically a jasmine plant) can not only adorably complement your home but can scientifically calm your mood, reduce anxiety and depression.
5. Fifty Shades of Colourway!
The links between colour, architecture and mental health are real. Whether we like it or not, there is a distinct correlation between our choices of colour, and our impulsivity, anxiety levels and depression.
Colours can evoke spontaneous emotional reactions that can affect mood and stress. This may in turn exert an influence on mental wellbeing, an effect that is particularly relevant to designers of the interior and exterior built environment.
Whilst red creates a sense of urgency and panic, green creates a sense of harmony and peace, perfect to compliment an Autumnal night in by the crackling fire watching horror flicks!
6. Growing Family
Whether it is because the kids are getting bigger or you decided to get a new dog, having the extra room and circulation routes can make it easier to change your lifestyle or rearrange your home’s layout as a response. If you are expecting to add to your family, pre-empting TONS of storage before the new arrival will help to promote a stress-free, functional, and organised living space. Making it easier to allocate, label and adapt to your new living arrangement, there has been a huge trend for open plan living in recent years, but sometimes ‘broken plan’ (where the overall space is open but there are a few sub-divisions) can work better. We all need places to retreat to and creating cosy nooks can help with this process.