Live Sustainably By Incorporating Wood into Your Home

Humans are naturally drawn to nature and feel most relaxed in natural environments such as forests, gardens, and parks.

Scientists say the feeling of relaxation felt in the presence of nature comes from a reduction in stress activity in our sympathetic nervous system, which is beneficial both physiologically and psychologically.

The benefits of integrating natural environments elements into different types of design projects, such as Hospitality, Healthcare, Workplace, and Residential has proven to achieve a positive outcome.  In order to achieve a positive outcome, architects and interior designers maximize the use of natural light, access to outdoor views, and the use of wood, stone, and other natural materials in building designs.

Humans respond positively to wood, as it is visually warm, and contributes to a positive, relaxed atmosphere.  In addition to emotional benefits, wood contributes to humidity control, controls air- borne contaminants, and emits very few harmful vapors.  Integrating wood into interior design projects has positive results in both mind and body.

The following are some of the most popular ways to integrate wood into your home:

  • Hardwood Floors. Hardwood floors are a luxury material especially if used throughout a home.  If this isn’t within your budget then scale back to using wood flooring only in certain rooms or areas. If you have concerns regarding asthma and allergies, hardwood floors will help you breathe easier rather than wall-to-all carpets.
  • Accent Walls or Panels.  Accent walls or panels add warmth in a contemporary or modern house. Sleek wood panels on selected walls can help relax and warm the ambiance of a room with concrete or tile floors.
  • Wood Elements. No matter what style your home is, incorporating reclaimed beams or fireplace mantels will help to add warmth.
  • Furniture.  Incorporating wood furniture such as coffee and side tables, dining tables, bookshelves or bedroom furniture always warm up a space.
  • Accessories. This is the most economical way to incorporate wood into a home.  Use wood picture frames for art, mirrors, and wood decorative objects such as vases, coasters or serving bowls.
  • Closets. Cedar closets are making a comeback. Cedar helps keep out unwanted insects such as moths, roaches and rats. The crisp and clean smell of cedar is stimulating, but can be irritating and cause reactions for people with asthma and respiratory disorders.

We are here to help you improve the beauty and comfort of your home or workplace, all while promoting long-term good health.  To learn about our range of Sustainable Interior Design, Universal Design and Consulting services available in Connecticut, New York and areas beyond, contact us at 203.984.4695 or email us at

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Lynn Hoffman

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