How do you feel when you are in your Kitchen? Do you feel calm, relaxed and motivated? Or do you feel anxious, frustrated and maybe even depressed? The way our environment is designed (and maintained) directly effects our well-being, whether we realize it or not.
Before we get into this article I have a challenge for you. Try this experiment, if you feel anxious when you wake up or go-to bed, look around your bedroom and see if there is any clutter. If there is, take the time to clean it all up. Put the clothes away, dust off the dressers, make your bed (yes, even if you’re just about to lay in it for the night) and see how you feel. More importantly, see how you feel when you wake up to that uncluttered space. There is a ton of research that shows that our outer environment directly effects our inner wellness. Over stimulation is a huge factor in the growing numbers of people with anxiety and stress. Although a clean bedroom or a clean Kitchen won’t cure everything it will certainly help improve your personal wellness!
There are a number of ways to incorporate wellness into your Kitchen design. Below we are going to share 5 things to consider when designing your Kitchen. Some of these items are more for new-build or renovation projects, but a couple can be retrofitted into your existing space.
1. Open Shelving
We are seeing more and more open shelving in Kitchen plans these days. Although they look pretty in pictures on photo day, they aren’t always conducive to a relaxing environment. If you pay attention to the projects we post, you will notice that “trend” isn’t very visible in our personal client designs. The main reason is because we ask the appropriate questions to our clients to help them look past the initial design idea to really think about how that translates into actual practice for their day to day life. Usually, with a bit of conversation, the clients realize they don’t want to “keep the shelving perfect” and that they don’t want to increase the “clutter” in their Kitchen. That is a key aspect of Wellness Design in the Kitchen. The more visual stimuli there is in the space, the more anxiety and stress it creates. Sometimes without us even being aware of it. If you love the idea of open shelving and really want it in your design just be mindful about what you place on those shelves and how you place those items. Stacking, colour-blocking and “white space” will all play a role in reducing your anxiety level in the space.
If you want to outsource the work of the composting, look for local businesses that offer this service. For our Windsor and Essex- County friends you can contact Dane at Greener Bins and he will pick up your waste and return with fertilizer for you to use. It’s that easy. If that’s the route you want to take, consider incorporating a composting bin, similar to the one pictured above by Rev-A-Shelf into your Kitchen design. These are designed to eliminate the odor and the fruit flies in your kitchen. If this is something that is a lifestyle that you’ve incorporated into your daily habits, consider having a hole cut into your countertop above the composting bin, so you can scrape the waste right off of your countertop and directly into the bin. (We recommend you only do this if it’s already part of your lifestyle and not something you’re hoping to start doing.)
Many clients come to us asking for an all-white kitchen like they see on Instagram or Pinterest but after looking at all of their options, few decide to actually go that route and are grateful once they are inside their Kitchens daily!
We hope you found this article useful and informative. If so, please share it with friends and family that you feel will benefit too. Next week we will share 5 more tips to help incorporate wellness into your Kitchen! Stay tuned!
In the meantime, make it a happy and healthy day!