Calming Effects of Wood
Apart from looking fantastic, wood also has a calming effect...
Yoga, mindfulness meditation, health and fitness are all ways of keeping us calm in today’s stressful society. Creating a calm environment in your surroundings by using wood can also be another tool to combat stress. Hygge is a growing trend originating from Denmark and it’s about promoting calm in your lifestyle. A big part of Hygge is ensuring your surroundings are neutral and calm with whitewashed wooden floors and often wood panelling on walls.
Scandinavian countries that inspire the Hygge phenomenon have used wood cladding on their homes for hundreds of years. The popularity of timber cladding on houses has become a fashionable choice amongst architects in the UK as it looks great and is a sustainable material. Houses clad in Siberian Larch and Cedar are no longer just seen by the seaside, they are popping up all over the country.
So why is cladding so popular? As well as being aesthetically pleasing to the eye, cladding is easy to install and also extremely durable. However, recent research has shown that wood structures can have an extremely calming effect on individuals by lowering blood pressure and heart rate. Wood also has an excellent acoustic property making noises softer and creating a calmer environment. Houses that have timber cladded walls give a feeling of being closer to nature which creates a relaxed and tranquil environment. Wood cladding can be used internally as well as externally to create this positive and calming effect.
If wood has such a calming effect on homeowners, then why not build offices or classrooms out of wood so that workers and students have the same beneficial outcomes? We live in such a fast-paced world and with stress levels on the rise we need to create healthier environments for our population. In contrast to plastic or brick, which many offices and classrooms are made from, wood evokes a feeling of calm which has a positive effect on our well-being. Log cabins are associated with feelings of relaxation and calm, a place where we can feel connected to nature. So, these would be the perfect environments to work and study.
So how can you add wood to your house to benefit from the stress reducing properties that it can bring to your life?
Softwood matchboarding or cedar cladding on internal walls is easy to apply and can be fitted on all walls or just in certain sections. For example, you may decide to just put wood panelling on a single feature wall, perhaps behind a bed or in an open plan kitchen area. Bathrooms are also the perfect place for matchboarding either used on walls or as bath panels to create a relaxing environment. Oak or softwood flooring is also another way to bring wood into your house and add a feeling of calm. If you want to create calming surroundings in your house then remember the positive effects that wood can have on your well-being.