8 Inspiring Design Ideas From New York's Newest Wellness Club, THE WELL

Updated 10/03/19
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Kris Tamburello

When I walked into THE WELL—a new membership-based wellness club in New York City—for the first time I felt an immediate sense of calm. I knew I was one block away from the always-bustling Union Square Park, but all that noise was the last thing on my mind. I felt truly centered, like I had just entered savasana at the end of a restorative yoga class.

And this was before the full tour had even begun. What can I say, the space just radiates a special energy. Which is, of course, a great asset for a wellness club.

Stepping into THE WELL, you're first greeted by an expertly-curated retail section, where members and non-members alike can shop for wellness-based beauty, meditation pillows, and more. From there, you can enter another space open to non-members: THE WELL Kitchen & Table—opening later this month—which will feature market-fresh food from the team behind Cafe Clover.

The rest of the space is limited to members only, where they can enjoy benefits such as appointments with THE WELL's many practitioners (including their own dedicated health coach), mindful movement classes, reflexology treatments, and exclusive wellness-focused programming.

“Our mission is to be the gold standard for wellness,” says Rebecca Parekh, CoFounder and CEO of THE WELL, “We’re building a movement to empower people to take greater agency for their health."

According to a press release, the 18,000 square foot space was transformed into an "oasis of positivity and comfort" where members can escape their crazed lives and focus on their health and wellbeing. Every detail in the club was meticulously and beautifully designed by Rose Ink Workshop, a design firm led by Liubasha Rose.

Each room feels unique and well-suited for its specific purpose, but taken as a whole, THE WELL still feels cohesive and intentional.

“We want to change the narrative and relationship around wellness,” says Kane Sarhan, CoFounder and CCO of THE WELL, “This club is our first step towards building a global brand that changes the way people think about their health."

For New York City locals, a monthly membership will set you back $375 a month, or $210 if you're under the age of 32, with a $500 initiation fee.

But for the rest of us, THE WELL's design can be used as inspiration to add a little extra wellness into our lives. Read on for 8 design ideas to try in your own home.

1. Create a Focal Point

heart of The Well
Kris Tamburello

This space is called "the heart of the club," and it's the first area you encounter upon entering the members only area. The neutral colors and delicate details inspire visitors to take a moment to center themselves. Having a central focal point in the club helps people get into an appropriate mindset for their wellness-focused visits. Similarly, designating a focal point in any room—think: your living room sofa, an eye catching headboard, or even a piece of art—can help set the stage for the rest of the space and guide you as you continue to design.

2. Add Greenery to Utility Spaces

women's locker room
Kris Tamburello

Locker rooms don't typically come to mind when thinking about inspiring décor, but THE WELL is here to change that. The whole space was designed with mindfulness in mind, instead of just utility, and the soothing colors, warm wood, and symmetrical mirror add to that affect. But perhaps the easiest way to translate this style into your own home is by bringing a little greenery into rooms that are solely focused on function. Your laundry room or bathroom may not be bringing you joy right now, but the simple addition of a plant can add life to the space and make you happier to be there.

3. Don't Be Afraid of Injecting a Little Color

lecture library
Kris Tamburello

Most of the spaces in THE WELL feature a heavily neutral palette of calming colors like white, gray, and cream. But the lecture library is another story. A vibrant palette of turquoise, dusty rose, jade green, and coral adds character to this space, but it still feels relaxed, not jarring. So, if you're a fan of neutrals in your decorating, this space proves you can still have a little fun with color (even if it's just one room) without making your home feel over the top.

4. Rethink Your Crystals

spa corridor
Grant Legan

Crystals have been the darlings of the wellness world for some time now, and now they've become an integral part of many of our homes. But instead of setting them atop your dresser or bookshelf, consider creating a show-stopping display like this crystal wall in THE WELL's spa area.

5. Don't Discount Small Details

treatment room
Grant Legan

It may be hard to tell, but the cabinet pulls in THE WELL's treatment rooms are actually crystals accented with copper wire. Let this serve as a reminder that even the most minuscule details can make a difference in a room's overall design. Swapping out drawer and cabinet pulls is also fast, cheap, and easy, and these rose quartz pulls are a great option for anyone wanting to promote wellness at home.

6. Add Moments In Bloom

bathroom
Kris Tamburello

Designer Liubasha Rose describes this bathroom's motif as a "moment in bloom," thanks to the large scale florals on the wall. This design choice is a little unexpected, a little whimsical, and full of delight. Consider adding little elements around your home that will always make you smile, whether that be a floral moment in bloom, or something else entirely is up to you.

7. Create a Space to Truly Unwind

meditation room
Kris Tamburello

Sure, we can't all have a gorgeous mediation room like THE WELL's in our own homes, but we can create a specific area that fosters relaxation. Maybe that's a special chair that you designate for offline time, or even a small meditation corner complete with a meditation pillow and candles to inspire you to unplug and reset.

8. Go All In On Texture

reflexology room
Grant Legan

THE WELL's reflexology room feels like a breath of fresh air thanks to the plant wall and calming color palette. But what stands out the most is the collection of textured wall hangings. They add warmth to the space and prove that when it comes to textural elements, sometimes more really is more.

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