Winter Wellness – 10 tips for a healthy and cosy home.

As winter unfolds, our homes become vital sanctuaries for our wellbeing, beyond just aesthetics. In this edition, we explore interior design tips that prioritise not only visual warmth but also contribute to your physical and mental health during the colder months.

  1. Tactile seating: Leather sofas are just the worst in all weathers. In the summer they’re hot and in the winter they’re cold. If you’re investing in a new sofa, velvet is a great option as it’s low maintenance and is luxurious to the touch at any time of year. If you’re not in the market for a new sofa, invest in some wool throws instead.
  2. Smart Temperature Control: Install a smart thermostat to maintain a consistent and comfortable temperature. This not only saves energy but also ensures a steady environment, promoting better sleep and overall physical comfort.
  3. Light Optimisation: Arrange furniture to maximise natural light exposure during the shorter winter days. Exposure to natural light helps regulate circadian rhythms, improving mood and sleep quality. Light candles in the evenings and change out your lightbulbs for 2400K to provide a warm and welcoming glow.
  4. Essential Oil Diffusers: Use essential oil diffusers with scents like lavender, eucalyptus, or citrus. These scents have proven benefits for relaxation, stress reduction, and respiratory health, creating a serene and health-enhancing atmosphere.
  5. Indoor Air Quality Plants: Choose air-purifying plants like snake plants, spider plants, or peace lilies. These not only add a touch of nature but also contribute to better indoor air quality, reducing the risk of respiratory issues during the winter.
  6. Humidification Systems: Combat the dry winter air with humidifiers. Maintaining proper humidity levels is crucial for respiratory health, preventing issues like dry skin, irritated sinuses, and sore throats.
  7. Ergonomic Furniture: Opt for ergonomic furniture that supports good posture. Winter months often lead to more indoor activities, and proper support can alleviate discomfort and prevent long-term health issues.
  8. Warm Textiles with Therapeutic Benefits: Choose textiles infused with therapeutic properties. Items like weighted blankets, which provide deep touch pressure, can promote relaxation and alleviate symptoms of anxiety and insomnia.
  9. Open the windows: Despite the rather grim weather at this time of year, it’s essential you allow fresh air into your home at some point every day. Throw open the windows in the morning whilst you’re getting ready, the bracing air will wake you up and help minimise any viruses or moulds that may be lurking in your warm indoor environment.
  10. Zoning: Think of what activities you would like to do indoors during winter hibernation, then zone spaces in your home that encourage those activities. Whether that’s a mindfulness corner with a reclining chair, a work out zone to lay out your yoga mat, or a game table for evening family time, these spaces encourage daily practices, aiding stress reduction and mental clarity during the winter blues.

By prioritising health and wellness in your interior design choices, your home can become a true winter sanctuary. These specific tips go beyond visual aesthetics, aiming to create an environment that supports your physical and mental wellbeing during the colder months. Embrace the winter season with a home that not only looks good but also feels good for your overall health and vitality.

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