It Feels Like Home
By nora bouz - Wellbeing Design Consultant
Home. This one word holds many meanings and expectations different for each. What a home might look like to me might not look quite the same to you. However, home does mean for us all a place of belonging, comfort, safety, and beauty. It is tightly connected to the place where we can kick off, relax, and reenergize.
"Feeling like home" has been the orientation and mantra for many industries. We see furniture design and manufacturing giants transforming the workplace into a casual and cozy space that feels like home to increase focus, creativity and productivity. Hospital designers just started to design rooms that resemble home to speed recovery, and hotels are creating a home atmosphere to help travellers distress, relax and elevate their experience.
And yet, we have seen home trends go far away from what a home feels like: industrial, minimal, monochromatic...
Mindful designers started looking at what really improves people's experience and life quality indoors. They are beginning to realize that design trends are not always the answer to our complex contemporary life challenges. Home is not just a shelter; it's so much more, and we need to consider every aspect of our lives when designing our home.
Have a look into what home means to you. Don't fall for the clichés
we have inherited, but ponder on what home feels like, looks like, and smells like. Then look around, in your own home and see what you find.