Designing Your Space With Your Mental Health in Mind

There are so many decisions that need to be made when you are decorating your home, especially when you are trying to make the interior cozy and welcoming, for both you and prospective guests. Here’s a look at simple tips for designing your space that may be able to help improve your mental health as well.

Design Tips

No matter whether you are seeking therapy or not, there are some things you need to keep in mind when you are designing how to set up your home. The reason why some of these ideas work is because mindfulness has been extensively studied. This term simply means being aware of that things that are going on around you, instead of taking them for granted or making decisions without fully considering the options. At times, people that are experiencing depression or other mood conditions are not practicing mindfulness, which is something that can be addressed with a therapist. You can read more about the subject here:

  1. Bring Your Favorite Colors to the Mix (as well as Neutral Tones). When you are figuring out what accents to place in your room, home, or apartment, you should consider placing a few things that are your favorite color in certain areas. This is even more crucial if your favorite color is something calming, such as blue or light green. These colors are thought to be more calming than other colors out there.
  2. Opt for Natural Lighting When Possible. Natural light is a great choice for a room when it is available. If you have a large window, which can be used for a reading space or a place where you can look out and see what’s going on around you, do your best to take advantage of this. There are many ways in which natural lighting is beneficial, including when it comes to helping you prevent things like SAD, or seasonal affective disorder.
  3. Add Personal Items. Something else that can really make your space more comforting for you is adding a few items that make it uniquely yours. For instance, add some of your favorite photos, artworks, or other items which you love in spaces where they fit well.
  4. Keep Pathways Neat and Open. You should keep in mind that you must be sure that all of the hallways and pathways are clear. When you are able to get where you need to go in your space without having to walk over or bump into things, this is likely to be more enjoyable to you. In other words, if there is too much clutter, you may start to feel bad about your space, or it might even cause you to want to avoid your home. This is something that you should do your best to avoid. If you don’t know where to begin when it comes to organizing or getting rid of some stuff, ask a friend or family member if they would be willing to help you. Another perspective can come in handy.
  5. Remember Less is More. Besides just keeping clutter off the floor and out of your way, you should also keep in mind that the way you design your space should be a bit minimalist as well. This means you don’t want to have so many things in one room where you will become overwhelmed, and you can always add an item here and there over time, if you feel that you do not have enough in a certain section of your apartment or abode.
  6. Add Plants Into the Mix. You might also want to add plants into the equation. Not only will they be able to help you keep your air clean in many cases, but plants are also something that make many people feel better, especially when they are cared for properly. Be sure to research how to take care of your specific plants, so you are able to keep them healthy and allow them to liven up your space.


Overall, there are many things you can do for your mental health when it comes to designing a space or a home. Keep the above tips in mind and use your best judgement when it comes to sprucing up your room. You may be surprised at how inviting the space you created can be.

Cover photo by Minh Pham on Unsplash

Marie Miguel has been a writing and research expert for nearly a decade, covering a variety of health- related topics. Currently, she is contributing to the expansion and growth of a free online mental health resource with With an interest and dedication to addressing stigmas associated with mental health, she continues to specifically target subjects related to anxiety and depression.

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