Interior Design for Health and Wellbeing

Gain an understanding of what ethical and sustainable design in interiors is all about and how to create inspirational spaces that promote good health and wellness.

Although there is much now appearing in the media about climate change, sustainability, ethical sourcing and the swing towards veganism and vegetarianism, what actually is health and wellbeing in interior design?  Aligned with this global shift in responsible sourcing in design, is the growth of understanding the importance of meditative practices, having quiet and creative spaces in the home and considered design which appeals to all the human senses.  Why does all of this matter and what new and exciting approaches are now available to meet those requirements?

This course will demystify these issues and give you top tips on how to create beautiful, ethical interiors by exploring sustainable sourcing choices, upcycling and recycling, using colour and texture to create mood, designing for the senses, creating effective lighting schemes and planning comfortable spaces with good energy flow.  This course includes hands-on workshops where participants will have the opportunity to put into practice the principles discussed in the presentations given by experts with specialised knowledge.

Topics Covered

  • Top tips on how to create healthy, mindful interiors
  • How to use recycling, upcycling, art and antiques in contemporary interiors
  • Using colour and texture to create and enhance mood
  • Ways to source sustainably, ethically but glamorously, including exploring free trade, carbon footprint issues and cruelty-free sourcing
  • How to plan spaces with a good flow with considerations for multi-generational use, including exploring systems such as Feng Shui and Vastu Shastra
  • Top tips for designing for the senses
  • Lighting considerations for the ethical home.

Course Outcomes

  • Understanding what is meant by wellness design for interiors and how to source inspirational, aspirational and affordable materials and finishes available to the general public
  • Learning how to create quiet, creative spaces and social spaces in your home
  • Learning ways to bring upcycled, recycled and antique/vintage furniture and accessories into the home
  • Create a mood board, a planning and lighting sheet, and a furniture/accessories board to a specially created client brief or for your own creative social or quiet space.

What's included:

  • All materials for this course are included in the course fee
  • Breakfast refreshments and a delicious light lunch will be provided on the first day. While a vegetarian option is made available, we are unable to cater to specific food intolerances or food allergies.

Course Tutor Information:

Elina Grigoriou (KLC Guest tutor), from Grigoriou Interiors, and has 18 years’ experience in the commercial interior design sector, Elina Grigoriou has extensive knowledge of human-centric design to complement her creative talent and passion for sustainability. She is an industry specialist in designing for wellbeing, conducting research and applying knowledge at every opportunity, continuously raising awareness of best practice on designing for wellbeing and sustainability in the built environment.

Elina is an RICS Accredited SKA rating assessor, and her support and technical involvement in the SKA rating initiative since 2007, has been instrumental in bringing the system into effect. She represents GI as an RICS SKA Development Partner, is the SKA Technical Advisor to the RICS, and is Chair of the SKA Technical Committee; in addition, she advises on its future development and international expansion. In 2017 Elina was awarded Honorary Membership to the RICS in recognition for all her dedication and work promoting sustainability in the property sector.

Due to her leadership thinking, Elina is regularly invited by industry bodies to participate in steering meetings, inspire audiences at public events, participate in industry or social debates, contribute in research work and is a frequent contributor to articles on design, wellbeing and sustainability. Significant industry contributions include the 2014 WGBC report ‘Health Wellbeing and Productivity in Offices” and a 2014 FGF white paper ‘Wellbeing Matters; assessing views on the impact of the built environment on wellbeing.’ Her latest book is “Wellbeing in Interiors: Philosophy, Design and Value in Practice”, commissioned by RIBA Publishing.

Phoebe Oldrey is the founder of Smartstyle Interiors, an innovative interior design studio which takes a holistic approach. In 2017, after 15 years in the industry and tired of being asked what the next tread was, Phoebe decided to take an approach to her designs that not only balances how a space works and what it looks like but also asks “How does it make us feel”. Believing that only when we get the balance right between Function, Aesthetics and Emotions will we create amazing places people are happy in. This lead to her Ted X talk “Interior design is about more than wallpaper and bean bags” and numerous speaking opportunities where she shares her passion for putting people at the front of design.

Rebecca Weir is Creative Director and Founder of Light IQ. Rebecca’s passion for lighting and her ability to harness and maximise the creative potential of light, to explore and push the boundaries of illumination has led to the successful completion of over 1,200 award-winning residential and commercial projects worldwide. Rebecca’s renowned book; ‘‘The Languages Of Light’’ is stated by The Vice President of The Institute Of Lighting Professionals as ‘‘An intelligent and beautiful exploration of the transformative power of light’’.  Kate Slesinger, Publishing Director of House and Garden says: ”This book will become your best friend when it comes to making the space sing and resonates with the music of light’’.

Adrienne Chinn is a native Newfoundlander who has been based in London for over twenty years. After careers in journalism and television, she trained at KLC where she achieved an Honours Diploma in Interior Design. Since 1999 she has run a busy interior design and consultation practice in London and has been involved in projects throughout the UK and Europe, the Caribbean, Morocco and Canada. She has spoken about interior design in Russia, Kazakhstan, the UK and Japan, and writes regularly for design magazines, most recently as the design columnist for Period Ideas Magazine. In 2007 she wrote The Home Decorator's Colour & Texture Sourcebook which was published internationally.

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