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.

Course Description

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.
Course Tutor Information

Anna Whitehead is the owner of design practice providing sustainable & wellbeing consultancy & training for the interior design industry. Her collaborative practice advises on sustainably, ethically designed projects delivering healthy interior environments.

Anna developed her passion for sustainable design as a graduate of Human Physiology, studying the effects an environment can have human health and was one of the first UK designers to hold dual professional accreditations of LEED-AP ID&C & WELL AP addressing sustainable & wellbeing in interior design.

Anna has contributed to published reports as a member of Government & Industry Steering Groups, including UK Green Building Council’s Health & Wellbeing in Homes Report, sustainable design articles for national publications and as a contributing author of “Interior Design. Body of Knowledge” by Honk Kong Interior Design Association. (Due to be published 2020). She is an educational programme reviewer for annual USGBC Greenbuild Conferences in Europe & USA and writes & presents lectures on sustainable design for interior design students in the UK.

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 resonate 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.


All materials for this course are included in the course fee.

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Details for Booking

DateDay of weekTimeDurationCostLocationAction
Wednesday to Friday 10.00 - 16.00 3 days £570 Chelsea Harbour - SW10 0XF