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Design Your Love Nest: Evidence-Based Ways to Boost Love & Well-being This This Valentine’s Day (and Beyond!)

Love is in the air!… Valentine’s Day may just seem like a commercial cliché — which it is for many reasons, but I am still a hopeless romantic. I believe that Valentine’s Day can be a celebration of genuine love and connection, and I look forward to spending some special time on this day with Brandt every year.

But while it’s fun to deck out the home with heart-shaped pillows and roses for this event, I have been thinking about how we can create a home that keeps the spark on all year long.

What if your home environment could cultivate deeper connection, well-being, and ignite the spark of romance every day?

Science says it can. Evidence-based design (EBD)reveals powerful ways to shape your space for love and happiness, and they are easy to implement.

1) Nature’s Love Potion:

Bring the outdoors in: Studies show greenery reduces stress and boosts mood. Surround yourselves with vibrant plants (low-maintenance options exist, promise!).

Sunlight Serenade: Sunlight regulates hormones and elevates mood. Maximize natural light and consider warm-toned lighting for cozy evenings.

2) Sensory Symphony:

Color Connection: Colors have psychological effects. Opt for calming blues and greens in relaxation areas, and energizing yellows and oranges for shared fun zones.

Scent-Scape: Aromatherapy can enhance mood and intimacy. Diffuse lavender for relaxation or citrus for uplifting energy.

3) Connection Cornerstones:

Shared Spaces: Designate areas for shared activities like game nights or cooking together. Laughter and shared experiences strengthen bonds.

Memory Haven: Create a “love gallery” with photos, souvenirs, and personal touches. Reminiscing evokes positive emotions and strengthens connection.


Declutter for Clarity: Clutter is linked to stress and anxiety. Create a calm and organized space for both physical and mental well-being.

Tech Time-Out Zones: Designate tech-free areas to encourage face-to-face interaction and deeper conversations.

Remember, love is a journey, not a destination. These EBD tips are simply starting points. Adapt them to your unique style and relationship dynamic. The key is to create a space that reflects your authentic love and fosters well-being, not just on Valentine’s Day, but every day.

By taking a mindful approach to configuring your home, you can create a space that nurtures love, connection, and happiness even if there is no special someone in your life right now.

Share your love story in the comments! Tell me how you’ve incorporated EBD principles into your home. Let’s inspire each other to create spaces that nurture love and happiness, all year round.

Happy Valentine’s Day! ❤️

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