5 key trends in wellness interior design

8 June, 2018 9:00 am

The look, feel and ambience of a space can have a huge impact on our overall sense of wellness. The way a space is designed can not only influence our mood but also affect the activities we perform there to keep ourselves healthy. Here are just a few of the wellness interior design trends we’ve been seeing recently.

Bringing the outdoors in

Biophilic design surged in 2017, with trends focusing on creating peaceful, tranquil spaces which used lots of natural lighting and lush greenery in the form of indoor plants. Air quality is also being considered more frequently, and the use of indoor plants and air filtration systems are often being used to create fresher, cleaner indoor air which makes us feel infinitely healthier.

Etsy headquarters | wellness design blog  Rachel Laxer

Etsy Headquarters | Photo courtesy of Gensler

Subdued colour palettes

We’ve seen a move towards not only neutral colour schemes but natural ones. Popular palettes feature warm browns and greys with touches of deep, muted greens and blues. These shades create a sense of calm and lend themselves particularly well to spaces designed for wellness and relaxation. Above all else, however, is a trend for using colour to influence mood. Spaces are being designed with palettes that make people feel more positive, more productive or more relaxed.

Turner house, Rachel laxer wellness interior design blog

Zoning for wellness activities

Businesses in the commercial and hospitality sectors have been transforming their properties with zones designed to improve wellness. Zones are created for specific purposes, such as meditating, socialising with others, reading, exercising or generally relaxing. The furniture, appliances and colour palettes featured in these spaces are carefully chosen to allow users to fulfil activities which could improve their physical and mental wellness.

A lounge area at Facebook Singapore, Rachel laxer wellness interior design blog

A lounge area at Facebook Singapore | Photo: The Straits Times

Lighting tailored to mood

Natural lighting is an important wellness trend because it works with our natural circadian rhythms, keeping us energetic during the day and helping us wind down in the evening. However, artificial light is also being used in such a way that it can influence mood and wellness. For example, soft, diffused light can aid relaxation. Hard light often heightens our emotions and may help to boost positive thinking in the right environment. Blue light can help to improve productivity which makes it a great choice for offices or other workspaces.

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Natural materials

We’re seeing a big rebuttal of ultramodern, industrial materials such as glass, metal and concrete. Instead, natural materials are being used to create a sense of the peaceful outdoors and help us benefit from the calming effects of nature. There’s lots of wood, bark, foliage, natural stone and minimally-processed fabric. All of these materials tend to be found in neutral hues, but they offer contrasting textures to create depth and offer a tactile experience.

Entrance to French chalet, rachel laxer wellness interior design blog