Many of us are concerned about health issues and are trying to build a healthier lifestyle, perhaps by reducing our stress, eating better or getting more exercise. But did you know that just by making some simple changes your home can help you become healthier, calmer and happier? Here are five of our favourite tips for a healthy home.
1. Reduce your stress levels
The layout of your home is key to peaceful family life and a successful design gives optimum space and separation for different activities. Look at how you currently use your space and consider relocating activities so that your home works better for you. For example, you may prefer to eat in a separate dining room, but if your family is comfortable at the kitchen table this space could become a cosy snug or children’s playroom.
In busy family homes, noise is often a source of stress and conflict. To minimise disruption, separate quiet and louder activities such as studying, playing and watching TV into different areas of the house. Your choice of materials can also reduce noise levels. Curtains and soft furnishings will absorb noise, while a flooring with an enhanced acoustic backing in upstairs rooms will reduce noise transfer to the floor below.
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2. Create space for wellbeing
The concept of wellbeing is different for each of us, but in general is closely linked to physical and mental health, happiness and having positive relationships with loved ones.
Consider dedicating a space within your home where you can take time out to relax or pursue hobbies, either individually or together as a family. Maybe you could place a cosy armchair in a quiet corner where you can snuggle up for a few moments, open up floor space to provide room for exercising, yoga or meditation, or allocate an area for pursuing your favourite creative activities.
3. Immerse yourself in nature
Over recent years we have become more aware of our connection with the natural world and how surrounding ourselves with nature supports our mental wellbeing, reducing issues such as stress, anxiety and depression.
Our interactions with nature need not be limited to spending time outdoors. Bringing the outside world into your home will also bring health benefits. By arranging seating to face windows you will create relaxing views into your garden and neighbourhood trees, while decorating with a palette of natural colours and materials such as wood, stone, linen, sheepskin rugs, pot plants and fresh flowers will introduce a calming botanical style that can be easily updated according to the changing seasons.
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4. Choose hygienic and safe materials
The materials that we choose for our homes can help us maintain a healthy, safe environment. Choosing easy clean materials with a water resistant surface will protect your family by reducing hiding places for dirt, bacteria and allergens.
Karndean flooring offers an authentic look of natural wood and stone but with the added bonus of a waterproof, hygienic surface that’s suitable for any room in the home. Additionally, its non-slip surface can also reduce accidents in rooms susceptible to splashes and spills such as kitchens and bathrooms.
5. Avoid air pollutants
Air pollutants such as volatile organic compounds (VOCs), phthalates, dust mites and mould can build up to trigger allergies or asthma in sensitive individuals so it’s a good idea to reduce these as much as possible. Choosing materials for flooring and furnishings that are low in these chemicals, together with regular cleaning and appropriate ventilation can minimise the accumulation of pollutants for improved indoor air quality.
It’s reassuring to know that Karndean flooring is low in VOCs and is phthalate-free. Not only that, a daily sweep with a damp mop is all that’s needed to keep dust levels to a minimum for a healthy home.