Is Your Home Wrecking Your Health?

by | Mar 1, 2020 | blog

Everyone loathes going to the DMV. Between the undetermined wait times, lackluster interiors, uncomfortable seating, and the grumpy customers (and sometimes staff), what’s there to enjoy?

A typical DMV (Department of Motor Vehicles).

Can you imagine how different the experience would be if you walked into a DMV with plush sound-dampening carpets, comfortable chairs from which to weather a potentially long wait, plenty of natural light to remind you there is life beyond this transaction, wall sconces for comforting ambience, and maybe a water feature in the middle of the facility to not only provide soothing sounds to everyone in this difficult situation, but also to provide beauty? Don’t try to tell me that such a space wouldn’t brighten your mood and bring you some relaxation!

The lovely lobby of the Marriott Courtyard Phoenix-Airport.

The difference in these DMV experiences comes down to the presence of beauty and an intention in creating it, or the lack thereof, in affecting mood. A beautiful interior requires intention. Similarly, if we don’t put intention into making our homes meet our aesthetic and functional needs, our experiences in them will not be as good as they could be, and our moods will suffer, eventually affecting our health.

Negative mood leads to stress, which leads to negative health effects such as high blood pressure, heart disease, obesity and diabetes (1).

How often have you wandered into a room in your house and processed the disorder, the horrendous color choice, the lack of comfort or quality in a furnishing and felt a little (or large) zing of stress? That zing will bother you until you’re distracted by some larger stress and your conscious mind forgets about the room. You can easily become desensitized to the cumulative effect which these small stresses can have, but that doesn’t stop them from taking their toll on you. Many clients have carried this subconscious overwhelm for so long, that they come to us feeling almost beyond hope about their homes and lifestyles.

The fact is, humans love beauty and they crave order. Flowers, buildings, faces, nature, animals, colors, and so forth—not only can these things be beautiful, but there is a scientific order to them that makes them attractive to us (2). Not only do we love looking at beauty in its many forms, but we actually need it to keep us in a cycle of feeling good and staying healthy (3).

Science shows that when we interact with a beauty in any form, we experience a release of dopamine and serotonin in the brain. This release helps us relax and improves our attitude. From there, we experience improved health. With our good health and improved attitude, we go out in the world and spread beautiful smiles and beautiful words, and we tend to return to the beautiful experience to keep the cycle going. This return is quite easy if that beautiful experience is located in your home. “[This] cyclical feedback process… impacts long-term well being and supports the intrinsic link between health and beauty” (3)(4).

Design by Contented Interiors. Photo by Khand Tenney Photography.

At Contented Interiors, we know that interior beauty comes only if we marry form and function. A home absolutely must function for its inhabitants’ needs. When form (how it looks) and function (how it works) are considered, beauty abounds. This is the beauty of working with an interior designer—we take the time to create and implement a design unique to you so that your home both looks and operates beautifully, while saving your time, energy, and money.

Schedule a free Discovery Call to learn more about our process.