The environments we choose to spend our time in can have a big impact on our mental and physical wellbeing. In a world where it’s ever harder to wind down and take a break from technology, politics and the stresses of work, we believe creating a home that encourages calm and happiness is of vital importance.

Join us as we take a look at a few ways that we can craft our spaces around our wellbeing – and make a daily difference to our lives.

Vitra Grand Repos Lounge ChairCreate a home that lets you sit back and relax. Featured: Vitra Grand Repos Lounge Chair

Bring the outside in

“… you should aim for one plant per piece of household electronic equipment for optimum bad-stuff neutralisation: they suck up the nasties and purify the air.” Michelle Ogundehin – Former Editor in Chief of ELLE Decoration UK

Ferm Living Plant BoxesBringing the outside in – create a feature of your plants with the Ferm Living plant boxes

We all know that being outside is good for us. Exposure to nature and the colour green has been shown to provoke the release of good endorphins; it can even help people heal faster.

When you can’t spend all your time outside (especially in the cold, dark winter months) it’s good to bring a little piece of the great outdoors inside. Introduce restorative green shades into your spaces through wall art, accessories and air purifying plants such as the Boston fern or peace lily.

Ferm Living Plant BoxesGreen Living - Featured: Ferm Living plant boxes

Do away with clutter

With Marie Kondo and her ‘konmari’ method taking the world by storm, everyone seems to be organising their home right now. Still, the thought of having a clear out can be daunting but just a few simple changes can make a big difference to your mental wellbeing while at home.

String Bedroom Shelving SystemChannel your inner Marie Kondo with the String Bedroom Shelving System

Having too much clutter can affect your ability to focus on your everyday tasks, decrease your productivity and even affect your quality of sleep. With the right sideboard or modular storage solution, clutter can be easily stored out of sight and out of mind.

Creating more minimal spaces will lead to a more restful, restorative home that brings about a feeling of calm when you walk into it.

Punt Sussex SideboardClear away the clutter with the Punt Sussex Sideboard

Invest in items that bring a smile to your space

Life is all about those little moments that bring us joy. Think about what in your home brings a smile to your face? How about your favourite chair or those treasured items that bring back good memories?

As good as it is to declutter, allow yourself to hold on to and invest in those well-crafted, timeless pieces that make you happy. Choose items that will last through fleeting style trends and collect memories as you move through life.

Remember – you don’t have to decorate a space all in one go. Collect and curate your items over time.

Vitra Eames Elephant in blackSure to bring a smile to your face - The Eames Elephant

Choose materials with texture and tactility

“We find joy in symmetrical patterns and lush textures because these aesthetics indicated to early humans that an environment was nourishing, safe, balanced and abundant.” Ingrid Fetell-Lee – founder of the Aesthetics of Joy blog

&Tradition Little Petra VB1 ChairFeatured: The Little Petra Lounge Chair in Sheepskin from &Tradition

As an antidote to the increasing time we spend in the digital world, introducing tactile surfaces into the home can have a big impact on our mental wellbeing. Tactile stimulation has been shown to help reduce our cortisol levels (which cause stress) and trigger the release of oxytocin (the love hormone) helping us to feel happier and more relaxed.

Cork, natural wood, marble and thick wool – materials that thrill our fingertips, tempt our toes and connect us back to nature are an easy, instant way to introduce tactility to our homes.

Close up of the Hay Peas Rug and the Carl Hansen CH24 Wishbone ChairEmbrace tactile materials - Featured: Hay Peas Rug, Carl Hansen Wishbone Chair

Embrace calming colours

Certain soft tones - often those found in nature, have been found to be more calming and help us to focus. We’ve picked a few of our favourites calming colours that are easy to introduce to your spaces – take a look.

Green: as we mentioned earlier, green is a restorative colour that’s known to clear the mind, encourage unwinding and has the potential to relieve stress.

Menu Wire Plant Pot and the Muuto Enfold SideboardFeatured: Menu Wire Plant Pot, Muuto Enfold Sideboard

Blue: a calming colour that helps to steady breathing, bring down blood pressure and encourage relaxation. However, don’t use tones that are too dark. Deep blue tones have the potential to lower your mood.

cc-tapis Giudecca Rug and the Louis Poulsen Cirque Pendant LightFeatured: cc-tapis Giudecca Rug, Louis Poulsen Cirque Pendant Light

Natural, soft pinks: have a calming effect on the nerves and promote feelings of love, playfulness and kindness. They can also help with insomnia.

Ferm Living Unfold Room Divider in rose and the Knoll Studio Womb Chair & Ottoman Featured: Ferm Living Unfold Room Divider, Knoll Womb Chair and Ottoman

Colour doesn’t just mean paint or wallpaper; you can introduce colour into your home in so many ways. A pop of colour can come from furniture, lighting or accessories and remember - natural materials make a big difference to the colour palette within a room too.

What makes you feel good in your home? Share your favourite tips for creating relaxed, restful spaces with us on Instagram or Twitter by tagging us @nest_co_uk.