Holistic interior design is a multidisciplinary approach that supports the well-being of the mind, body, and soul. It focuses on the bigger picture of the spaces involved, seeking to go deeper than aesthetics.
All interior designers have a goal of improving how spaces look and function. Often the mission is to make a dated space feel more current or to create a dramatic impact in the space.
In holistic design, we’re primarily seeking to design spaces that feel as good as they look, and that promote health and wellbeing on all levels. Typically this places a high priority on colour psychology, biophilic design, and ergonomics. It may also integrate more metaphysical modalities like Feng Shui.
As a trained meditation teacher, I do like to embrace the metaphysical aspects with clients who are open to this. I will draw on general Feng Shui guidelines to help improve flow, balance, and harmony. However, I’m not the person to advise you on how to use the practice to manifest your goals. (I’m not the greatest fan of that – you can read more about it on this blog post.)
For me, another important part of holistic interior design is being mindful of the materials that we choose. Actively favouring natural, non-toxic, and sustainable materials. Not to mention, ethical production. I don’t want to recommend anything to my clients that were produced by unhappy and exploited workers along the way.
In that sense, eco-friendly and holistic design go hand in hand.