Caliente is Benjamin Moore’s 2018 colour of the year.
Media may dwell on architectural & interior fashion trends, however, there is an exciting movement with primary focus not to trend, but inhabitants.
While this isn’t a new concept, Wellness Architecture is currently gaining recognition.
“The Wellness Architecture initiative brings together diverse thought leaders with the purpose of raising awareness on how our surroundings directly, and profoundly, impact us psychologically, physically, energetically, emotionally, and spiritually.”
“The trend is based on the Well Building Standard, a checklist of seven categories: air, water, nourishment, light, fitness, comfort and mental health. Developed by Delos and the International Well Building Institute, these are the blueprints for a healthy building ”
Beyond what Benji chooses for wall colour, it’s about how we live, work, move and inhabit space as individuals. We spend 90% of our lives indoors, it’s critical to orchestrate our living/ working environments for vital health & wellness.
Little Architecture explains:
“The connection between space & wellness”
“As living beings, we are our environment. Design plays a significant role in human health, and the way that we configure and manipulate elements in a space can mean more to its inhabitants than whether they like the color of the walls, or the texture of the carpet. On the most basic level certain environmental factors have universal effects on all of us – i.e. daylight & circadian rhythm. In other cases these environmental factors are very personal and specific, based on our genetic wiring. Genetics set the stage and the environment activates those genes in different ways.
Our bodies respond to queues in our environment – as our evolutionary responses developed – and much of what is designed today is giving our systems the wrong message. The most unfortunate thing is that very few organizations and even design professionals recognize the benefits of salutogenic design (designing for wellness). Salutogenic design isn’t something that’s “cool” or “good for PR”. It’s a measurable aspect of design that can help a building’s inhabitants operate at their peak of effectiveness, maintaining physical and mental well-bring, actually helping them to lead healthier, and therefore longer lives. It is the ultimate investment in people, in an architectural sense.
The way that we design space has a direct impact on physical and mental fatigue, awareness, memory cognition, depression, cardiovascular & musculoskeletal health.”
Research across a variety of studies strongly suggest nature views and nature art play a strong part in wellness surroundings.
It’s makes sense, humanity has an allure to nature. (a topic in my upcoming presentation).
“Views of nature have been shown to increase feelings of meaningfulness and connection to others & nature.” WH Magazine2018
Running magazine discovered people who worked out in front of pictures/ art of their favourite holiday location proved optimum for motivation and increased endurance.
We are all born with a little spidy sense, influenced by our surroundings even on an unconscious level.
Every space we dwell in, interact in, move thru, even transition areas, have significance. What you pass by in a hallway may not come immediately to mind, but your body will have reacted to the pattern, shape, light, colour, scent of everything in your midst.
Creating spaces with awareness can be life altering and enhancing. As Little Architecture states “It’s the ultimate investment in people”.
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