Beautiful Healthy Home: Top Tips for cleaner indoor air
A space that is beautiful can give great pleasure but one that is functional, works with your lifestyle and has a reduced amount of toxins, will contribute to a greater sense of well-being.
I am passionate about designing interiors holistically and I am concerned that our homes are not providing as healthy an environment for us as they should be.
Did you know that where our furniture, bedding and textiles used to be untreated woods and natural fibres, we are now increasingly exposed to flame-retardants, polyurethanes, formaldehyde and solvents, amongst many other harmful chemicals?
Yet knowing about them and reducing them can be an arduous task which is why I set up Beautiful Healthy Home – an holistic interior design service that will take away this headache and do all the hard work for you – creating stylish spaces with intuitive functionality whilst minimising any potential toxins.
We cannot eliminate toxins completely, but we can explore ways to reduce them whilst still aiming to have a fabulously stylish home.
For a quick fix to cleaner indoor air, here are three top tips from Beautiful Healthy Home that you can implement immediately:
Open your windows and let the fresh air in. Indoor air can be up to 2-5 times more polluted than outdoor air, so make sure you are getting a blast and refreshing each room daily.
Bin your air ‘fresheners’ as they have the potential to emit high concentrations of volatile organic compounds (more on VOCs in my next blog). Try an essential oil diffuser instead. They can be more expensive but they tend to last for many months so are a good investment. When you know that the perfumed air you are breathing in isn’t causing your body any harm it will contribute to a greater sense of relaxation and wellbeing.
Time to get green-fingered: a few air-purifying plants in each room can do wonders at reducing potential airborne toxins and studies have shown that having plants indoors reduces stress and improves blood pressure. If you have a home office, it’s a good idea to have several near or on your desk to bring a sense of calm to your working environment.
All round winners are the Peace Lily (Spathiphyllum), Parlour Palm (Chamaedorea elegans) and Snake plant (Sansevieria trifasciata). Again more on air-purifying plants to come.
So start your journey today to a cleaner, healthier indoor environment.
If you’d like styling or indoor air advice about your home then please do email me as I’m always happy to chat.
More information on the services I offer on my website: www.beautifulhealthyhome.co.uk