Everything in the world around you can have a profound impact on your mental health, including the very design of your home. Read on to learn more about the study of how your brain reacts to design, and how neuroarchitecture can be used to make your home more conducive to wellness.
What is neuroarchitecture?
Simply put, neuroarchitecture is based on how the brain and body behave in buildings. Air quality, lighting, sound intensity, colors and textures can all elicit different responses from our senses, thoughts and emotions. By extension, the right design choices can create an environment that optimizes mental wellbeing. The most important guiding principle for neuroarchitecture is arguably to design around people, rather than designing around furniture, which means prioritizing the needs and wants of the people who will be using the space whenever possible.
Our homes often provide respite from a hectic and overstimulating world, which makes those spaces where you can disconnect from the outside world so much more important. Minimizing digital distractions can improve healthy interactions with family and friends. However, you don’t necessarily have to get rid of all technology to achieve inner peace. You’re in complete control over how much stimulation you’re exposed to when you’re at home, but dedicated offline spaces such as the backyard or a hobby room can help you achieve the level of digital independence you want.
Maximize natural light when it’s needed
There’s no substitute for sunlight or its benefits on maintaining the body’s natural rhythm. Rearrange furniture and shading to let in as much natural light during the day as possible. If you have a home office, reconfigure your layout so your desk is near a window for both sunlight and also a view of the outdoors. You’ll also want to consider adding shade to block intense heat and provide darkness at night for ideal conditions at all times. Limiting exposure to blue light or too much light is essential for maintaining a healthy circadian rhythm, which can improve sleep, mood and digestion.
Turn down the noise
Not only can noise be distracting and detrimental to productivity, but it can actually also impact your overall wellbeing. In order to better control the noise level in your home, consider adding soft, dense materials and artwork that will help absorb sounds. Installing doors to contain sound will also reduce noise levels. If you have any noisy appliances, consider replacing them with new and quieter versions.
Further soundproofing solutions are available and can be easily implemented during a renovation, such as installing carpet with a thick pad in upper levels of a home. An extra layer of drywall can also be added for a cheap, easy-to-install and effective sound blocker.
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