Interior Design Styles with Mental Health Benefits

 It's common knowledge that the places that a person occupies most of the time have major effects on their mental health. This is why many experts study the relationship between physical spaces and people's mental health. If the connection really is strong, then just improving one's home can very much help a person struggling with mental health issues. Don't get it wrong. A home renovation is not the only solution to mental health issues. But no one could deny that it doesn't significantly help.


To help us find ways to improve our home, these are three interior design styles that can make a positive impact on our mental health. Now, with this purpose in mind, investing thousands of dollars to fix our homes, from much-needed water damage restoration to furniture shopping, doesn't sound so bad after all.

Biophilic Design

We've heard of "bibliophilia" and know that it pertains to the love for books. But most of us haven't heard about biophilia. It sounds like a complicated scientific concept. Sure, it can be related to that in one way or another. But in simple terms, it pertains to the love for nature. Biophilia highlights the notion that humans have a natural connection (and even attraction) to the environment. Because of this deep connection, we are opening ourselves to many positive benefits by simply strengthening our connection to nature.

This is why biophilic designin homes has been becoming popular in the last few years. Experts have found that spaces that are surrounded by plants, sunlight, and natural ventilation can lead to these effects: a 13 percent increase in well-being and an 8 percent increase in productivity, among others.

So if you are looking to improve your mental health, then perhaps infusing nature elements into your home design will help. Add more plants. Open more windows. Incorporate natural colors such as green, blue, and brown.

Minimalist Design

When Marie Kondo captured the world's attention through her bestselling book and popular TV show on Netflix, she had us asking ourselves one question. "Does it spark joy?"

It seems like a very mundane question. But it's actually quite packed. When we would look at simple things in our home such as a couch, table, or, say, our coin collection, we ask ourselves that question. And then we start to ponder about our idea of joy and the importance of material possessions. So, yes, Kondo had us think about philosophical things like that.

Such thoughts have major impacts on our home design. Because we have the urge to declutter, then we're on our way to having a home with a minimalist design. And this design, too, can lead to mental health benefits. For one, having fewer objects around us helps us focus on the things that matter. We're less distracted. In a way, this home design can benefit those with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) can benefit the most.

Nautical Design

There's the stereotype that people who live on the West Coast of the United States, especially by the beaches, are more laid-back and happy. But many studies have shown that this isn't merely a stereotype. There are scientific studies that prove that living by the coast has positive impacts on our mental health. A study even found that people who live less than a kilometer away from the beach are 22 percent less likely to struggle with mental health.

With this information, we can consider the idea that living in a house with a nautical design can have a good influence on our mental health. Bright colors such as blue and yellow can make us feel like we're by the ocean. And the idea of being near it can help us feel calm and content. It also helps that nautical home design is also very laid-back in nature. So comfortable couches, pillows, and huge fireplaces are part of its aesthetic. This is good because such things in our home will also encourage us to take it easy and relax every once in a while--thus, improving our mental health.

If our homes are stressful, where the tension between the family is always there, then it won't be surprising if we become stressed as well. And this stress could easily fuel our depression and anxiety. But then, it's also true that if a home is peaceful, clean, and maintains a happy atmosphere, then a person would feel light and positive as well.

Knowing these interior design styles will help us take into serious consideration our home's effects on our mental health. We shouldn't only focus on what would look good and what would impress our guests. We should also focus on how our homes would make us feel.

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