Mental health is an increasingly important topic. From anxiety to depression, the majority of people will experience some form of mental health problems during their lifetime. We are increasingly looking for ways to switch off from technology and create more balance in our lives and it’s no secret that our surroundings and in particular living spaces can directly impact our mental health.
Combining spaces which stimulate our senses whilst re-establishing a connection with nature through design details such as extensive use of glazing to flood interiors with natural light, wooden accents such as oak beams and framework, calming water features and plants to create an environment which evokes a sense of wellbeing, good health and emotional comfort are hugely beneficial.
When remote working, it is essential to create a dedicated and peaceful workspace to separate and create that essential harmony and balance between our working and personal lives. Well-thought-out designs should successfully allow for this separation with clearly defined, calming spaces.
Gardens and green spaces are incredibly important and designs which allow a better connection to outside spaces create a real sense of well-being. Design details such as conservation roof lights affording views of the surrounding countryside and glazed panels all contribute to a feeling of connection between indoor and outdoor spaces.
It is clear that architecture can play a profound role in benefitting our mental health as we spend a significant part of our lives at home and designs which keep mental health in mind are hugely beneficial.