Healthy Space Design Matters More than we Think.




The spaces where we spend our time should make us healthier, rather than sicker.


We spend so much time discussing terms like organic, locally grown, HIIT, Tabata, meditation, and self-care, but rarely do we hear the term healthy space mentioned in mainstream conversation. To put it bluntly, this needs to change.


Bringing proactive health & wellness into the environments where we live our life is key. The spaces where we spend our time should make us healthier. This is not a fantasy, but rather a requirement.


As a society our mindset needs to shift to focus on how interior spaces impact our physical and mental health & wellness. Interior space such as kitchens. dining rooms, living rooms, and bedrooms are where we live our life, encompassing our day to day activities. Interior spaces such as hotel rooms, restaurants, bars, lounges, and other hospitality spaces encompass many of our best moments, our experiences, and our memories that we will look back on for years to come. Unfortunately, as interior spaces currently stand they often prove to be detrimental to our health and well-being. Luckily, this does not have to continue.


The well-being of people who occupy a space can be achieved through many different factors.


Environmental Factors


Lighting.

Currently artificial lighting has many health detriments. From high levels of blue light, and UV radiation, to glare and shadows, today's popular artificial lights such as LED and fluorescent can hurt our circadian rhythm. This leads to loss of sleep, heart problems, stress, headaches, depression, anxiety, loss of productivity and more.


In an article published by Business Insider regarding M Moser Associates' office redesign, they actually call out the fact that without access to natural light spaces can make us depressed. So, how do we have access to natural light when we spend so much time indoors?


Through design that utilizes OLED light fixtures.


However, OLED light technology, which is used throughout all of Nadarra's Product Collections, actually brings health and wellness into a space. The technology has the right amount of blue light, is naturally diffuse in nature, and is a full spectrum light source. It essentially allows for someone to bring sunlight inside. This is key since today we are spending approximately 90% of our time indoors. Read more about the benefits of OLED technology for health and well-being from the leader in OLED research and development, OLEDWorks.


Ventilation.

Poorly ventilated offices can lead to an increase in toxic chemicals being consumed. If we had the choice the healthiest option would be for people to spend their time outdoors, in sunlight, and in the right temperature, but in today's world that is not always possible. Interior design additions such as movable green walls and air quality control monitors can help to purify indoor air, and make sure levels remain as close to clean as possible.


Material.

Material such as wood has proven to have a strong impact on our senses. In a study done by M Moser's Dr. Christine Bruckner, wood was proven to have a welcoming tone, reducing stress and promoting health within an indoor environment. Wood can also be incorporated into OLED lighting designs such as Nadarra's Fioda fixture. Adding natural elements such as wood to OLED technology, brings multiple facets of the outdoors in. Providing connections to nature has proven beneficial for our health and well-being, bringing comfort and leisure to often more intense environments such as large cities.


Eco-friendly and organic materials selection is a basis for healthy design. Selecting natural materials such as wood relieves a space of toxic chemicals brought on by plastics that may contain VOCs. In addition, when discussing lighting, there needs to be thought around what the actual light is made from. OLEDs are made using organic materials and contain no hazardous chemicals such as mercury.


Beautiful Aesthetic.


Beautiful spaces make us healthier.

Yes, its true! Good design is not solely limited to functionality. Studies done on aesthetics from the perception of neuroscience, aka neuroaesthetics, demonstrate that design with deliberate intention to incorporate beauty is imperative to human psychological well-being.

Weaving functional elements such as lighting into the beautify of space can have a positive impact on human senses.


Beauty is subjective, which is why design is intriguing and ever-changing. There is not right or wrong, simply what someone likes. Beautiful spaces combine the principles of design to create spaces that adapt to local cultures, meet occupant needs and bring positive energy.



Final Thoughts


Rooms that inspire wellness create more comfortable living spaces for our daily routines. Hospitality spaces that inspire wellness lead to guest relaxation, overall happiness, and ultimately repeat reservations. Health of a space cannot be an afterthought, but rather ingrained into the original design of a space. Through items such as healthy lighting, healthy air and healthy materials spaces can actually make us healthier both physically and mentally.

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