We see it time and time again. Every week there seems to be a new article out about the nature of happiness or about the source and struggles of our mental and emotional health. These articles prompt us with questions like: how does one become happy, how does one stay happy, and what’s creating our daily stress?
In a time where most of our lives seem to be in a perpetual upheaval, it can be nearly impossible to come up with clear answers to those questions. When it comes to our emotional well-being, many combinations of factors can leave us feeling unmotivated and apathetic, inside and outside of our home environments. However, with countless studies revealing how our home structures are heavily linked to our overall happiness and emotional well-being, it’s more important than ever to take back control of our living spaces.
After all, a home should very well be our sanctuaries, not our stressors. In that line of thinking, how then can the team at Euro Design Build help you create an oasis that feels like a sanctuary and not an isolation chamber? Whether you’re continuing to live and work from home or are slowly getting back to a new normal, how can we help you create a space that’s calm, comforting, and functional?
Before We Begin: Take Note of How You Feel
It’s simple to point out what you’d change about the aesthetics of your home. Maybe it’s high time for a kitchen overhaul, or maybe that old rug in your living room has seen better days—but to get to the very core of the issue—we have to first dive deeper than what we would visually change.
What do we recommend? Take a moment and pay close attention to how you feel as you move through your space. Walk from your front door all the way to your backyard. Did you move with ease or does your home feel disjointed? Think objectively as you stand in the center of the space in which you and your family spend the greatest amount of time. How does your mind react as you’re standing there? Does it feel relaxed and open, or unfocused and riddled with anxiety?
If you’re competing with the latter, you’re not alone. After years of getting to the core of design issues—both minimal and monumental—one thing is clear, if you’ve lived in a home long enough, it can be difficult to pinpoint the little things that take away from the very functionality of it. Having a pair of well-seasoned interior design eyes can help you better evaluate the layout of your current living space, bringing attention to what could be holding you back from genuine feelings of peacefulness and clarity.
Redefining What “Function” Means
In the case with many homes, layouts were created with separated “functions” in mind. And although that sentiment has value, it can cost us the feeling of serenity in our interiors. Classically built homes are often separated in their layouts: rooms either serve the function of entertaining, preparing, or living. The major issue with this is the fact that many lifestyles no longer fit into that somewhat rigid mold. Entertaining spaces, like a front den or dining room, if rarely used, become spaces that feel isolated and unusable. Spaces meant for preparation or general relaxation, like the kitchen and living room, often feel too divided or devoid of openness.
How then can we fix these issues? We fix it by redefining what functionality means to you. There’s likely a reason you purchased the home you’re living in now. Maybe at one point, it perfectly fit your lifestyle needs. Or maybe you saw the potential of good bones but envisioned a different layout. Regardless, our work at Euro Design is proof that no matter the space, unique, functional, and intimate design is always accessible. By redefining “function” we can easily open up spaces to new possibilities.
Creating Spaces That Promote Happiness and Renewed Energy
One thing we love about design is a good challenge. We’re often tasks with redefining spaces entirely; turning rooms that are never used for their intended purpose into something that has a purpose, such as a front room into a serene home office. Or, analyzing the issues with a space that, maybe even a year prior, felt “good enough”, like a closed-off kitchen with pre-fabricated cabinetry.
By listening to your needs, we can decide together what direction to take. Do we need to utilize unused square footage? Do we need to create an open living space between a kitchen and a living room that your family spends the most time in? Do we need to create custom built-in cabinetry to turn a cluttered master closet into an organized walk-in paradise?
Aesthetics are the Icing on the Cake of Mental Health
Of course, redefining your space is enough to turn a stale home environment into one filled with the luxury of renewed energy, but why stop there? From creating a cohesive color palette to smartly furnishing your home with pieces that flourish with your personality and day-to-day functionality, we’ll transform your home into a mindful shelter that mirrors the emotions coexisting with mental well-being: happiness, healthiness, and purpose.
If you’re ready to find the link between interior design and well-being, contact our team today! We’re excited to talk to you about your living space and discuss how we can help you create something that promotes the lifestyle you’re leading. Whether we’re meeting virtually or in our new showroom, we’re sure your design or remodeling experience is one that’ll you’ll cherish for years to come.