Always in a hurry; maybe that is why they call us the human race.
Even when at home, we’re always running from one room to another, always vacuuming, cleaning the ever-growing layer of dust, managing piles and piles of dirty dishes. And in all that ‘mess’ we keep forgetting just how important interior design is for our health.
Did you know that level of indoor air pollution is generally 2 to 5 times greater than the level of outdoor pollution? With this in mind, it is evident that household air quality represents one of the most important environmental health risks on a global level. How come? Your furniture, low quality air fresheners, even scented candles, alongside many other seemingly harmless trinkets can have terrible influence on your family’s well-being. For this reason, we’ve decided to list several budget-friendly items you can include in your home, which are bound to benefit your physical, as well as mental state.
Fight the Pollution by Airing Out
We are going to start with something basic: the quickest and the most effective way to refresh your home is to simply air it out. Although this can put a slight burden on your heating bill at the end of the month, there is no better way to get rid of all the toxins.
Use only Natural Air Fresheners
Low quality air fresheners are not only totally ineffective, but further pollute the indoor air. This is precisely why we recommend natural enzyme sprays, which don’t just mask the smell, but completely eliminate it.
Light the Beeswax Candles
Scented candles, as well, can be quite dangerous to keep around your home, so replace them with beeswax ones. They give off a light honey scent and create a peaceful, inviting atmosphere to your home and have a purifying effect – when burned, they release negative ions and neutralize positive ones, such as dust, allergens and air born toxins.
Choose Stimulating Colors
When deciding on the design of your home, trends are not as essential as the fact that it should reflect your preferences and your personality. Colors can visually change the size and shape of the room, and the trick is to blend the ones you love into a pleasing combination.
Red is for the ones who wish to raise the energy level in the room; it stirs up excitement and stimulates conversation. Yellow evokes the feeling of happiness and is uplifting; it stimulates nerves and purifies the body. Blue brings down blood pressure and slows down heart rate; it is considered calming and relaxing, and that is why it is a common choice for a bedroom. Orange brings out excitement and enthusiasm; it is believed to increase energy levels and heal lungs.
Make it Personal
To complete the overall design of the space, you need to incorporate a couple of items that will make it unique and make others say ‘that is so you’. Open the folder on your computer and print out some of your favorite photographs and frame them. So old-school, right? But it does give your interior a personal touch. Aside from making it more visually-appealing, it is essential to get yourself a couple of unique gifts for kitchen which will make your activities just a tiny bit easier, like a new spice rack, cake slicer or an attractive all-in-one kitchen tool set.
Bring the Outdoors In
Plants are known to be great air filters, especially the ones which grow fairly quickly. This is why many choose to keep aloe, gerbera daisies, or azalea in their homes. However, if you have small children and pets running around the house, opt for spider plant, fiddle leaf fig, or grape ivy and ensure the youngest ones don’t grow up suffering from more serious respiratory diseases.
Have we sparked your imagination yet? We hope to see you take advantage of this early spring to redesign your home and make your indoor environment, not only more eye-pleasing, but also healthier.
Author: Claire Hastings
Claire Hastings is a style writer. She has been writing as long as she can remember, and she is very passionate about fashion, art, aesthetics, travel and different cultures.