How minimalist design can improve your mental health

When there are too many pieces in a room, the eye can become confused as to where to look. A chaotic interior can also have an effect on your mental health as well, making you more inclined to feel anxious, stressed and restless.

Being surrounded with clutter such as unopened mail, over flowing washing baskets or piles of magazines can be overwhelming as there is thought to be a strong link between physical clutter and mental clutter. So if you’re looking to improve your sense of clarity and calm perhaps your new decorating mantra should be ‘minimalist interiors, pure mind’.

I recommend clearing out all clutter as well as editing unnecessary furniture and accessories. Instead, start to surround yourself with open space. If you clear your space, you will clear your mind.

Minimalistic styling helps create peace and order in your home. But striping back your interiors doesn’t have to mean striping back character. Buy statement quality pieces of furniture and décor. As you are buying less, you can afford to spend more on designer items. Think quality not quantity.

Promote a sense of harmony by sticking to a monochrome or neutral colour palate. For an injection of colour try buying one large breathtaking work of art. Just don’t make the mistake of letting excess stuff detract from its beauty.

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Mia Lake
Mia Lake is the Interior Design Director at Vic Lake Architect (VLA). VLA is a family business specialising in high end residential homes and boutique multi residential developments. The collaboration between sophisticated architecture and considered interiors, VLA approaches their projects holistically and cohesively. Mia’s design journey began at Sydney’s The Whitehouse Institute of Design. She was awarded a yearlong scholarship to further her studies internationally at Accademia Italiana. That year in Florence, Italy was a major influence on her career and design style. Prior to VLA, Mia’s has been fortunate to work at two leading Sydney interior design practices, Arent&Pyke and Briony Fitzgerald Design, specialising in high end residential interior design and custom made furnture. A strong construction knowledge, understanding and love of craftsmanship, and sensitivity to the client’s practical needs are the key ingredients to a Mia’s successful design. Mia loves using luxurious natural materials, colour and layering textures. She believes injecting personality into spaces and surrounding yourself with objects that tell stories of your live, makes you happy and inspires. A well designed space can truly improve the way you live.