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Your Home and Your Wellbeing By Natalie Fogelstrom. West London Interior Designer.

Considering how much time we spend in our home, its vital to ensure this is somewhere you enjoy being. Your home is an extension of your identity, personality and family. And whether we realise it or not, it influences how we think and feel on a daily basis.

The home can influence your mood, research studies show that rooms with bright light, both natural and artificial can improve depression and anxiety. Even the architecture impacts the state of people’s mind and mood and the structure and layout of your home has a profound impact on people.

Here are a few tips on how to improve your wellbeing by changing a few things in your home and your interior design.

Cultivate comfort

Invest in comfortable furniture and go for the more comfortable sofa rather than the trendy season pieces. Choose quality blankets and throws. Pick soothing and calming colour schemes and if you want more bright colours in your scheme incorporate this in the details instead. Such as cushions, props, one of pieces and art.

Brighten the light by allowing as much natural light in as possible.

Allow for all senses to be touched. Lovely candles, visually pleasing colour schemes and design, soft and beautiful fabric to the touch and so on.


Over time, architecture, floor plans, and home layouts have evolved. Homes used to be very rigid and segmented. Walls and doors set each room apart from the rest of the home. In today’s world of architecture and design, this is no longer the case.

Unrestricted spaces and open concepts are beneficial to mental health and allow the mind to create multiple perspectives about the surrounding environment. It may even strengthen cognitive abilities.


Research shows that even short contact with nature is beneficial to our well-being. As little as 3-5 minutes of contact with nature has been linked to reduced stress, reduced anger and a boost in positive feelings. Some of the same effects are seen if we have views to nature or can bring nature into the living space through plants or fresh flowers, aquariums and even fireplaces.

Quiet the Noise

Silence can be golden. We are bombarded by noise throughout out the day. Even just having the radio or TV on in the background can make it hard for our minds to take a break. Set aside time throughout the day to just enjoy the quietness around you.

Cultivate Joy

Find ways to bring joy into your surroundings. Maybe it’s the space to enjoy a hobby or place where family photos are displayed – small additions can help create a sense of space that is nurturing and creative. When you are able to create a space that is a personal reflection, it can help you feel refreshed at the end of a long day.

Make your home your haven to be in and give Natalie Fogelstrom a call on 020 7731 6841 or email

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