|Softly lit, rounded furnishings and favored art make this space fabulous.|
You can read all of the studies on how the various elements that go into a design plan affect your physical and psychological well-being. Or, you can talk to a designer and look at the spaces they design. A great design brings everything together, client personality, the right mood, a style that looks and feels right, and result in beautiful and functional spaces that positively affect your health and mental well-being. These elements all add up to create the ideal space. Pick one or all and let me know what you think.
3) Kitchen as a hearth. Since the 1900's we have heard that the hearth is considered the heart of the home. No surprise then, that British research proves that theory. Being in the kitchen links you to feelings of comfort. Beyond getting food, there's a sense of protection, warmth, and sociability. Ideally, it should be a functional and a social space where friends and family can gather, do work, and relax. This space should surround you with personal style. From the tile to the counters to appliances and colors, each element in your kitchen should work with your style of cooking as well as convey what you love.
4) Outdoor element: Windows are an architectural element that's considered critical. Understanding your environment - especially the "unknown" outside - offers control and stability to your mind. While a yard is nice, if you don't have one, single windows offer an emotional lift. No windows? Add artwork with landscape images, sunshine and other outdoor scenery.
6) Uniqueness. Decorating with signed artwork, a one-of-a-kind sculpture, and other unique pieces not only puts your fingerprint on your place, it transmits a sense of authenticity and trust.
7) Solace. Certainly we can all identify with having some place to find solitude. Even if you can't have your own room, it's important to find ways to guarantee yourself privacy and private time. Create a retreat, a corner space, or even use a deep closet to carve out a private niche for yourself.