The Benefits of a Room with a View

The Benefits of a Room with a View

Sarah Coffey
Nov 24, 2009

It's been a long day, so we hope you'll forgive us for staring out the window and getting lost in the view. For many years, studies have proven that natural light can give us a significant psychological and physical boost, but recent papers are kicking it up a notch, with evidence that views can be equally important.

Psychology Today, green building groups, and architects have all argued for the impact of a good view on well-being. So, when you're feeling low, take a break and look out the window.

From Psychology Today: Research shows that pausing to view scenes of nature actually helps us to refocus our attention, and people who sit near windows are healthier, happier, more tolerant, and more enthusiastic toward work. One study found that prisoners whose cells offered views of nature were sick 24 percent less frequently than others.

There's nothing that works like the real thing, but if you're lacking a view, you can try full-spectrum lighting, hanging artwork, and sunlight substitutes to improve your space.

Jordan's Small Space Big View
Sunset Cabin on Lake Simca, Ontario by Taylor Smyth Architects
Outpost by Tom Kundig, Olson Sundberg Kundig Allen Architects
Erie and Kingsbury on the Park by Lucien Lagrange
James and Rui's LVL Home

Photos: Jordan, Taylor Smyth Architects, Tim Bies / Olson Sundberg Kundig Allen, Lucien Lagrance Architects, Traci Roloff

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