The 5 Secrets to Pulling Off Simple, Minimal Design

When it comes to the interior construction work that you do for your clients, the top concerns that you are likely to get are related to cost, aesthetics, and speed. This makes a lot of sense on paper. After all, some of your customers may need their spaces made on a tight timeline. Of course, they want to make sure the job is done to their specifications and at a price tag they can afford. However, things are starting to shift, and there’s a growing interest in another trend: healthy design.

This may come as a bit of a surprise at first, but even has taken notice of the fact that healthy design can correlate with better physical health in a variety of different ways. So, what can you do in your interior construction jobs to be more forward with healthy design?

While there are a lot of different steps you can take to contribute to a healthy design, one of the major starting points is choosing materials, especially finishes that don’t contain toxic chemicals. Some of the common culprits here are VOCs, formaldehyde, and certain plastics. While these may affect each person differently based on their sensitivities, they are common contributors to sick building syndrome. Left unchecked, this can lead to issues like headaches, nausea, and general irritation. There are federal standards in place designed to restrict usage of some of these materials. However, in order to avoid the concern altogether, consider using as many natural-based materials as you can in interior construction. These include ceramic, stone, and porcelain. 

Compared to the other items we’ve been covering on this list, this is a bit more subjective and esoteric. However, a significant part of healthy design, especially in a residential setting, is ensuring that every space you create has some privacy level. As a result, interior construction teams should make sure that their floor plans include plenty of areas for people to have their personal space. In a home, this may mean appropriate barriers between different rooms. In an office setting, this may mean wider conference rooms and better spacing between desks.