Helen Westlake, Creative Director of London interior design and architecture studio Millier, recommends incorporating eco, natural materials into design in order to improve air quality, mood and stress levels. ‘Natural materials should replace synthetic ones as much as possible; natural wools and cottons don’t have to be expensive and are widely available. We often look to the qualities of nature when creating our interior design schemes, especially in home offices. Using restful, relaxing and textural materials, muted tones and touches of texture and organic patterning can contribute towards creating calm spaces that promote natural energy.
Low toxicity/non-VOC emitting paints such as Earthborn, or the premium quality paint colours of Farrow and Ball will also help minimise indoor air pollution, so consider these brands when retouching your paintwork. Plants and greenery are also vital for clean, filtered air in the home and for boosting productivity. Fresh flowers help provide a natural perfume and inspire a good mood and biophilia (the connection between humans and nature) has been proven to reduce stress levels and blood pressure.