Your living room is a major part of both your social life and your overall quality of life. Without it, you would essentially be having all of your guests either pile into your kitchen or your bedroom, and that could get awkward in a hurry. As well, unless you like to “bunker up,” you will most likely end up spending a lot of time in your living room. Check out Home Fix World for a ton of inspiration and help on how to keep your home healthy.

Fortunately, a lot of the same tips that impact the aesthetic appearance of your home also impact your health. Some of this is because of the physical health benefits of having a healthy mindset, and some of this is because great health goes hand in hand with solid design principles. In both cases, mindfulness is a key component.

Adding a Splash of Green

There are a ton of different plants that accentuate a room, and they are welcome in almost every situation. In the northern hemisphere, you want to put your living room plants either directly underneath a skylight or near a window with southern exposure, in order to get the best sunlight. Try to select plants that are shade tolerant.

The benefits of greenery are several. First, plants such as mother in law's tongue are extremely efficient at filtering out any toxins that might be in the air. Secondly, the sheer volume of possibilities means that you are never limited to a single shade of green, meaning that your plants can act as an accent for virtually any main color scheme. Further, somewhat exotic plants can act as conversation pieces.

Conversational Flow

Too many living rooms make a TV or computer setup into the main attraction and focal point. By either hiding these things or setting them off to the side, you and guests are passively encouraged to talk to each other. This is socially healthy, as well as often more interesting than merely staring at a screen. As well, 'conversational corners' also tend to be healthy.

A human body is not meant to sit for extended periods of time. In fact, humans are intended to get up and move around frequently. By having areas where seating faces each other, and where there are two ways to enter and exit the slightly separated space, people are encouraged to get up and move around more often. Since conversations tend to move around, this gets people moving and encourages better blood flow.

Lighter Wall Colors

Light grays and dusty roses have been staples for years, and their appeal is that they are light and simple. You can make these types of colors work with virtually anything, and they also carry an invisible, highly visible benefit. Simply put, you can better see dust in these kinds of spaces, and will have a better idea of when it is time to clean. Darker colors tend to obscure the dust in the air, which can lead to a dirtier environment that tends to cause allergic reactions. When the room itself is lighter and cheerier, this is also an encouragement to keep it neater.