New concepts in interior spaces are emerging as rapidly as the technology we use to work within them. We continue to research and understand the impact of or interiors on our health and well-being. We spend roughly 90% of our time indoors, disconnected often from what should be natural to us – movement, daylight and the outdoors. Sitting at a desk is both unnatural and unhealthy. Architects, designers and some business leaders are attuned to this and are creating buildings and spaces that support our more natural, healthier state of being. 

Randy Fiser, CEO of the American Society of Interior Designers says, “We have now developed design tools that can help to bridge the gap between our indoor spaces and nature. This is accomplished by improving certain things like air and water quality, as well as acoustical, mental, visual and thermal comfort.”

In fact one of the newest trends is in lighting, organic LED’s that map to our circadian rhythms, offering a more natural response to our environment, our work and way of being. Fiser says, “Lighting can greatly influence our health and is critical to our biological functions. Light influences so many different parts of our bodies and even dictates our sleeping patterns. The introduction of circadian lighting that mimics natural lighting is really helping to ground us as human beings within our work environments.”

Basic design principles like harmony and balance when enhanced by elements of color, texture, and composition can promote calm, productivity, creativity and well-being. We all can make simple changes to our environment to create a sense of well-being. Some suggestions include:

  1. Focus on more human-centric design in lighting, color, composition and flow
  2. Consider the air quality and interior climate control
  3.  Keep it clean and free of dust
  4.  Introduce plants into the environment
  5.  Create visually calming and nurturing settings

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