How wellness drives everything to do with DIY

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When you think about your health, you probably think of healthy eating, regular exercise, and getting enough sleep. What you may not realize is the dramatic impact your spaces have on your overall mental and physical well-being. That means good health means taking a closer look at your home.

With most people spending more time at home than ever before, this becomes even more important. This realization has inspired homeowners to make thoughtful updates that not only improve their homes, but also support the well-being of the mind and body of everyone who lives there.

“Our health and happiness are the most precious things we can take care of. You couple that with your biggest investment outside of yourself, your home, and those two are inextricably linked,” said Erin Lilly, Manager, Design Studio, Kohler.

Three big ideas are driving wellness home design:

1. Spaces have a profound impact on health. Lighting, air quality, materials, room layout and countless other factors affect people on physical, mental and emotional levels. These considerations should propel a project from concept to completion.

2. Home and work expectations have changed dramatically thanks to the rise of remote work and hybrid schedules. Home needs to become a workplace, and now workplaces need to become more like homes.

3. Designing for wellbeing isn’t just about the now. It is increasingly about understanding long-term needs. With more and more homeowners looking to age in place, homes must remain beautiful and remain usable for evolving needs.

If these points resonate with you, consider how wellness design can be incorporated into your home. Wondering where to start? The kitchen and bathroom are two main rooms that offer ample opportunity for improvements that not only offer an updated aesthetic, but also support overall well-being through functionality and health-focused enhancements.

For example, a simple shower can be transformed into a multi-sensory space, helping you rejuvenate or relax, depending on your needs. The digital shower system DTV+ combines water, sound, steam and light into a sensual experience that you will look forward to every day. Every element of your shower is customizable and controlled via a touchscreen interface, making it easy to tailor your experience to your exact needs.

Another important wellness aspect of the bathroom, while not quite as glamorous as the shower, is just as important for your health: the toilet. You can easily upgrade your existing toilet with a new bidet seat that will help you stay clean when it really matters.

For example, every aspect of the Purewash bidet seat has been designed with hygiene in mind, including the antibacterial seat, antibacterial wand and self-cleaning jets, so you can be confident in your cleanliness every time you visit the bathroom. Also, the quiet-closing seat is a nice feature, especially for those evening visits to the bathroom.

The kitchen is another space where wellness improvements can benefit the whole family. From stylish, ergonomic chairs to strategic lighting with task and ambient lights, there are many tweaks that can improve your health.

A fundamental update that you can benefit from for years to come is replacing your existing faucet with one that combines function, fashion and health. For example, the Tone faucet has clean lines and a soft teardrop base, offering a fresh take on mid-century modern style. The no-touch on/off feature limits the spread of germs, and the three-function pull-down spray head gives you options for all your cleaning needs.

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Wellness in home design is poised for growth as people prioritize their health. Visit Kohler.com/Living to explore products and perspectives that explore the importance of wellbeing, look at how the built environment impacts health, and offer ideas for creating spaces that support greater wellbeing.

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