Create a Sanctuary: How You Feel Starts in the Home

Create a sanctuary. How you feel starts in the home.

However you want to feel, whatever you want to do, starts in the home. A well-designed house creates a healthy environment that extends to your personal relationships, business interactions, and more.

Architecture holds much power. Architecture can transform your life, inspire your goals, and bring calm and comfort to an otherwise stressful environment. Creative designs of shape, color, light and other elements to encourage you to move forward through the home, workplace and elsewhere.

Think of your favorite public place, where you feel cozy or comfortable. What does the energy feel like? How does it influence your own energy? Perhaps you feel excited, soothed, motivated. Why not start at home?

When I interview my clients, I would like to know in what state of mind they are and in the state of mind they want to be. Understanding their favorite colors leads to a conversation on what their goals are, what invigorates them. “What is your burning desire?” I ask. This can all be translated into architecture, into your home.

For example, a person who is wishing to retire on a sunny beach has a different motivation in life than a start-up entrepreneur who is looking for inspiration to take his or her business globally. So their home and work environment should reflect their desired lifestyle.

Ways architecture can benefit our well being

For our clients, this is the most important stage of design. Through this conversation we can create sanctuary — and life — of your dreams. This approach benefits the well-being of society by revisiting the positive impact architecture can have on our mental health.

Comfort is a state of physical ease, but tranquility is a psychological state. Many people create a comfort in their daily life without creating the mind calmness required for a healthy personality. “Let’s find your favorite couch,” I say, “then look further.” Plants and water features make good starting points in creating a relaxing environment.

The concept of flow is found in ancient philosophies. Feng shui is established on the logic of physics and nature. Welcoming positive energy, spaces can be located in the proper orientation to absorb maximum sunshine, and water features create a comforting almost musical accompaniment — among other details that are not always implemented in western architecture. 

Meditation has been a part of Eastern culture for centuries and is just recently finding its way into ours. For a few minutes, we may listen to the recording of water on a meditation app. Bringing in a water feature is one way to make meditation a part of your whole day and night. Through nature, we generate the parts of ourselves that exist but perhaps lie dormant.

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About the author

Aryo Falakrou

Aryo Falakrou is the founder of My Home Designer (MHD) which is a boutique design company providing architectural and interior design services for custom homes, renovations, offices, retails, hotels and restaurants. We are proud of our design philosophy and out of the box thinking and our services is tailored to like minded clients. We believe on building relationships and helping our clients rather than just selling our services to them. People come to us as a client, start the process as a friend and become like a family by end of the project.