The WELL Accredited Professional (WELL AP) credential denotes expertise in the WELL Building Standard™ (WELL™) and a commitment to advancing human health and wellness in buildings and communities.
Owner, Andrea Morris, is the only designer in the city-and one of seven in the state-licensed
under WELL AP, a program focused on promoting the ways in which buildings and houses canbolster mental and physical wellbeing. Color, texture, sound and lighting and their effects are just a few of the components considered when creating a refined home environment. Andrea uses her knowledge to ensure her clients’ wellness is at the center of the design.
What does each element look like
in your space?
This category prioritizes indoor air quality. This might be seen in your home as an assurance that at least one window in each space is able to be opened with ease, a discussion of efficient heating, unobtrusive air purifiers, and specific outdoor mats that lessen indoor pollution.
The water category aims to promote safe and clean drinking water while also encouraging water conservation and responsible water use. The inclusion of high-profile dispensaries and the use of water filters are ways in which you can ensure the best drinking water in your home. If you have a living area or bedroom near areas where water is
used, Andrea will ensure that they are adorned with the most moisture resistant-proof products.
This category encourages the availability of healthy food options and practices. Think of beautiful, decorative ways to display fruits and vegetables and stunning countertops that are efficient, clearing the way for creative cooking. In addition, there should be a convenient kitchen layout and storage so that food preparation is easy. The décor of the kitchen including lighting, wallpaper, and accessories will guarantee that the kitchen is a place everyone wants to be.
The WELL Light concept promotes exposure to light and aims to create lighting environments that are optimal for visual, mental and biological health. It is vital that there is appropriate light for varying tasks. A balance of natural and artificial light can achieve this seamlessly. Highlighting textures and colors with light can also lead to mental stability. Of great importance, as well, is studying levels of light in bedrooms to guarantee a good night’s sleep.
This category emphasizes physical activity and encourages the design of spaces that promote physical health and wellness.
Andrea can plan your space for maximum storage and best use of exercise equipment, as well as decorate a dedicated space with bright colors that have proven to energize. Other considerations here would be the use of appropriate flooring for low stress on joints, and ceiling fans for comfortable exercise room temperatures.
The WELL Thermal Comfort concept aims to promote human productivity and ensure a maximum level of thermal comfort among all residents by meeting individual thermal preferences. We will look at the exterior of your home and, if need be, bring in a building expert to see if you have the most efficient building exterior. Window treatments for shade where needed, workable windows to bring in cooler or warmer air can greatly affect the temperature in your home. On the fun, decorative side, incorporating cozy throws, and comfortable warming or cooling linen in a myriad of patterns can make each resident content.
The mind concept promotes mental health through design. This could look like the use of colors to achieve the mental state desired for each room. The exposure to water, light, plants and nature inspired choices in décor are vital, too. An aromatherapy recipe, easy access to games, books and outside time are other examples of attention to cognitive well-being. Andrea loves to recommend a playlist of soothing or energizing song, too!
Materials and resources are evaluated for their impact on human health and the environment, with a focus on responsible sourcing and reducing harmful chemicals. This element incorporates the use of low VOC emitting products, flooring that comes from sustainable resources, and the use of cleaning products that are natural and free of harmful chemicals. Andrea would also look at where cleaning products are stored, to prevent overreach of dangerous off-put in the
The community concept promotes a sense of belonging in the area where the home is located. Designing fun, practical entertaining areas to engage with friends and family is an example of prioritizing community. Some ways to show you welcome guests are providing easy access to a restroom, an inviting entryway with warm lighting, and a comfortable overnight bedroom. Lastly, if your home takes all the WELL elements into consideration, you will be more refreshed and willing to give back to your community.
The WELL Sound concept aims to bolster occupant health and well-being through the identification and mitigation of acoustical comfort parameters that shape occupant experiences in the home. Appropriate acoustics are important for every space. Fabrics and flooring used, as well as sound
absorbing ceilings, can provide the best audio quality in your home. Furniture layout that promotes comfortable conversation levels and privacy is a factor here, as well.
Contact Andrea to schedule a design consultation.