Design a Healthy Home
Book by Oliver Heath reveals 100 ways to transform your space for enhanced physical and mental wellbeing
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Published: 13 May 2022
This Article was Written by: Katie Hill - My Green Pod
If there is one thing we have learnt over the course of the pandemic, it is how important our homes and our physical surroundings are to how we feel.
Drawing on the latest evidence and research, Oliver Heath – architect, designer and thought-leader on wellbeing and biophilic design – suggests 100 ways we can truly transform our home into our haven.
Design tips for any budget
With this book you will learn how to transform every space in your home to create a restorative and nurturing environment using biophilic design practices.
Readers will discover the many benefits of connecting to nature, maximising natural light, improving air quality and the right way to add colour, texture and pattern to create spaces that improve relaxation, recuperation, social connections and sleep.
Together with the research team at Oliver Heath Design, including sustainability expert Victoria Jackson, psychologist Eden Goode and designer Jo Baston, Oliver has distilled complex issues into bite-sized pieces to introduce the key aspects to consider, and devised each solution with easy implementation in mind.
Whatever your budget and whether you rent or own your property, you can use these stylish, fun and affordable ideas to make your home a sanctuary.
‘When it comes to interior design, all too often we use it as a way of expressing our identity, to show our style, status, power or wealth. These are all extrinsic, or external, considerations. What if we were to turn this around and instead take an intrinsic approach, drawing on what matters most to us, making every design choice an opportunity to improve our physical and mental wellbeing?’
Architect and biophilic design expert
About Oliver Heath
Oliver’s earliest experience of the wonder of architecture was on Brighton’s old West pier – walking across the timber decking, delighting in the joy of the ornate penny arcades and the rush of the waves rolling beneath him.
His passions for buildings and nature intertwined at this point, and he explored them further while studying architecture in Oxford and then London.
In 1998 Oliver set up his first design company and was picked to work in television as an onscreen designer and presenter. This gave him a platform to discuss the issues he felt were most important to the future of design: sustainability, for both people and planet.
Since then, he has forged a path to bring the ideas of biophilic design into his own family life and to the centre of the design work that he so passionately believes in.