Bobby Berk: How Good Design Is Good for the Mind

TV Host, Designer, and Best Selling Author Bobby Berk is one of the Fab 5 on the Netflix hit series Queer Eye, and he has just come out with a new book. It’s called “Right at Home: How Good Design Is Good for the Mind.” Let me warn you; it’s not your typical design book. It goes beyond pretty pictures and explores how your home can actually impact your mood and mental health. Intrigued? So were we!

Right At Home Bobby Berk's best seller book says your home impacts your mental health

Bobby kicks things off by sharing how being stuck at home during the pandemic made us all realize the importance of our living spaces. It’s not just about making things look nice – it’s about creating a space that works for your mental well-being. Who would’ve thought that design and mental health go together?

Our interview delves into the connection between chaos and our state of mind. Bobby says when you surround yourself with chaos, it creates chaos in your mind. So his book talks about the importance of organization, and how it can really have a big effect on your mental health. But here’s the catch: start small. No need to Marie Kondo your entire life just yet.

And then there’s the power of color and light. Did you know that the colors in your home or the brightness of your lights can affect your mood? Bobby shares some simple tips that can really make a difference. Even something as small as making your bed can set a positive tone for your day – who knew?

Bobby Berk author of Right At Home says to create a space that works for your mental health

Our interview wraps up with three practical tips for creating a mental health haven at home. First, tackle the clutter, but take it easy on yourself. Small steps count! Then, pay attention to lighting – dim those lights a bit before bedtime for better sleep. And finally, make your bedroom a peaceful space. No chaos on the nightstand – it’s the first and last thing you see every day!

So, whether you’re a Queer Eye fan, a design aficionado or just someone looking to spruce up their living space, it’s time to think about how your home can support your mental health. Because, as the author puts it, a well-designed home is the key to a happier you. Here’s to making our homes feel as good on the inside as they look on the outside! 

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