Coronavirus anxiety? How to bring ‘calm’ into your home

by Greg on June 11, 2020

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In this time of uncertainty, it’s understandable that many Australians have felt anxious about the future. For a number of weeks, we have spent more time indoors to protect us from spreading the virus, and as such, our homes have become our sanctuaries. However, time spent inside has also prompted us to improve design elements of the home that we do not enjoy and ultimately create a more relaxing home.

Houzz Australia and New Zealand editor, Vanessa Walker, suggests four ways you can redesign your home to evoke a sense of calm and possibly reduce your anxiety.

Curves and arches:
Studies show that our love for curves doesn’t just come down to personal taste, 1 it could also be neurological; some modern researchers suggest that curves are less threatening. When renovating, there are many ways architects can tap into our affinity for rounded edges, including arches and curved walls, staircases and ceilings. curves and arches interior design As seen in photos on Houzz, this will not only add an extra level of craftsmanship, but also establish a sense of calm into your home.

Natural timbers and biophilic design:
natural timbers interior design
Australia has some of the most durable and beautiful timbers in the world, making them ideal for floorboards and even walls and ceilings. Installing timber floorboards into your home can have several benefits including warmth, softness and longevity so it’s no surprise that in 2019 timber floorboards increased in searches on Houzz by 58% compared to the year before. In addition to these advantages, timber makes us feel more connected to nature without leaving the home.

Take this connection to nature a step further by integrating more biophilic design into your home, such as vertical gardens, ponds and water features, and natural light from windows and skylights.

Circadian lighting schemes:
circadian lighting schemes interior design
Lighting should optimise our circadian rhythm – our internal body clock that tells us when to sleep and wake up – and to do this, our interior lighting should imitate natural daylight. From warm amber light at sunrise to cool bright light during the day, and back to amber light at sunset, these lighting schedules will help regulate our sleeping patterns and enhance our wellbeing. Hire a lighting designer on Houzz to help you achieve this in your home.

Soft colour palettes:
soft color palettes interior design
Green is still very much in the scene and continues to be a popular paint choice for homeowners on Houzz. Grey-greens, blue-greens and dark emerald greens have all been associated with nature and balance, according to colour experts on Houzz. Other palettes on the rise include earthy tones such as
browns, beige and terracotta. Consult an interior designer or colour specialist to find colours that calm you and bring them into your home.

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1 Oshin Vartanian, Gorka Navarrete, Anjan Chatterjee, Lars Brorson Fich, Helmut Leder, Cristián
Modroño, Marcos Nadal, Nicolai Rostrup, and Martin Skov , Impact of contour on aesthetic judgementsand approach-avoidance decisions in Architecture, 2013

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