3 Innovative Ways Millennials Can Customize Their Living Space in a Healthy Way

Tony 12/08/2018

With the new year underway, this is the best time to invest in your mental health by personalizing your living space with some quick and easy redesigns. Whether your living space needs a new coat of porch and floor paint or your walls just need some new artwork, there are plenty of ways to create a new style for your home while improving your physical and mental health along the way. With that in mind, here are just a few innovative ways millennials can customize their living space with health in mind.

Take Advantage of Natural Lighting

Humans are instinctively drawn to natural lighting, and for good reason; it's shown to boost mood, productivity, and energy levels. That being said, make the most of the natural lighting in your space by setting up focal points where the light hits best. Special seating arrangements, a desk or office space, or a dining area are all improved with the help of natural lighting and setup. Make the most of the natural lighting in your space and you'll notice an instant mood boost.

Buy Low VOC Paints and Products

When it comes to painting projects, not many people understand the importance of checking the labels on your cans. According to a report by CBC Marketplace, VOC levels over 500 ppb could cause problems for people with chemical sensitivities. Porch and floor paints, as well as other traditional paints, are full of VOCs and toxins. Instead, opt for low VOC options, which are proven to be healthier for the respiratory system and even cognitive functioning.

In a recent study, participants spent six full work days in an environmentally-controlled office space at the TIEQ lab of the Syracuse Center of Excellence. In this space, VOC levels were reduced to approximately 50 micrograms per cubic meter and 40 cubic feet per minute of outdoor air per person. They found that, on average, cognitive scores were 101% higher than in conventional workspaces.

Use a Calming Color Scheme

In a 2017 interior design trends survey, more than a third of respondents said they would choose a neutral color palette when redecorating their home. But don't hesitate to go with any color scheme that makes you feel calm and relaxed: navy blue and lavender are both great options to promote mental health.

Ultimately, these tips can help you customize your new space to keep you happy and healthy. For more information about low VOC paints, contact Ecos Paints.