For most of us, getting (and staying) healthy is one of our biggest life goals. But daily living can make that tough, so it’s important to find hacks to make it easier. One hack that may not be on your radar? Creating rooms in your home that promote health. From meditation spaces where you find your Zen, to craft rooms that free your creativity, here are some healthy rooms (and colors) that are sure to inspire you to get — and stay — on track.
Meditation reduces stress and anxiety, promotes emotional health, makes us more self-aware, can reduce age-related memory loss and even make us kinder — all proven by science. But what research can’t do is make us sit down and meditate. That’s where a beautiful meditation space comes in. The good news is, you don’t need a whole room. A corner, a chair or even a reading nook (like this one, painted serene white) will do.
The idea is to create a space that’s both minimalist and nurturing to the spirit. Surprisingly, the bathroom can be a natural place to meditate. A long bath, scented with essential oils that promote relaxation (think lavender or lemongrass), turns off the monkey mind and brings inner peace. Painting the space green triggers the brain to relax, making it easier to find your calm.
There’s a known link between creativity and happiness, and what better way to foster both than a craft room? A beautifully painted craft space — like this one, with its bold, diagonal stripe — will get you in the mood to create.
An organized craft space makes for a serene mind, allowing you to focus on your task at hand. And choosing white paint as your dominant color lets your craft supplies become part of the design. So lower your stress, ditch the depression, focus on the moment and process emotions — all direct benefits of being creative.
Healthier and happier people are more productive — and vice versa. People who are happier are also better at problem-solving and being creative. That makes creating a home office you love vital, not just to your overall well-being, but to your productivity, too. Painting it blue, which stimulates the intellect, can make your office a natural place to think.
As you’re designing your home office, look for ways to make the space yours. The color scheme is a good place to start. Black and white, when used together, create a sense balance, peace, and clarity — perfect for a harmonious workspace.
Of course, no healthy home would be complete without a home gym. Take that sense of clarity and focus you found in your work space’s color scheme, straight into your workout room. Adding a touch of whimsy, like the animal photos here, will keep you from being too serious about how long you can hold your plank.
While this is another variation on a black-and-white theme, this concept of a neutral wall with graphic wallpaper works with almost any color scheme. Try red, instead of black and white, to energize you or blue to keep you calm and focused. As long as you create a room you love to be in, you’ll be more likely to follow your bliss — even if you’re only running in place on the treadmill.