One of the hottest home trends today includes a focus on designing healthier interior spaces and living environments. When embarking on a new build or checking off the items on your renovation project planner, the choices you make could have a huge impact on the overall wellness of you and your family, and this is especially true in the kitchen. Read on to learn more.
Air Quality In The Kitchen
Certain elements are known for helping to improve indoor air quality in the kitchen. Kitchen vent hoods, for example, help to improve ventilation by trapping and filtering out particles and odors when cooking. Therefore, kitchen vent hoods are an obvious must-have. But what about the harmful, hidden pollutants that come from building materials and are often overlooked? When shopping for flooring, countertops and quality cabinets for the home, look for the NSF Certified®, Greenguard Indoor Air Quality Certified® or CARB2 compliant designations. These certifications guarantee the products you choose for your renovation project planner meet strict standards for health and safety.
Why Certifications Are Important
Formaldehyde is one of the most common volatile organic compounds (VOCs) found in building materials, and its presence can lead to a number of adverse health effects. When you see the CARB2 seal on our selection of quality cabinets, you will know for sure that formaldehyde emissions are well within the safety limits. Greenguard certification helps to reduce indoor air pollution and the risk of chemical exposure through rigorous testing methods for items like flooring and countertops. NSF certification involves regular on-site inspections of manufacturing facilities and products to ensure that they meet the high standards required to maintain certification over time.
Wellness-Inspired Design Choices
In addition to using safer products and materials, today’s dream kitchens are also high on style. No longer just utilitarian, kitchen vent hoods can also add to the overall aesthetic of your space, but there are other wellness-inspired design choices to consider. Simple tweaks and additions, such as a well organized pantry and inside cabinet accessories, can help make it easier to cook healthy meals at home. Even the colors you use can have a psychological impact on appetite. According to Dwell, blue tones in the kitchen may help curb snacking while stimulating hues like yellow and red may actually make you feel more hungry.
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