The places we live in aren’t called home-sweet-home for no reason.
Home is the place where you can relax after a hard day’s work, enjoy the company of your family, and dedicate some time to your hobbies. That said, one of the perks of having a house or apartment you can always come back to is that you can decorate it any way you want.
For example, if you like minimalism as a home décor style, so to speak, you can get rid of the majority of relatively unnecessary objects in your house and then have peace of mind every time you enter your living room. Or, if you’re an artsy type of person who revels in a hectic environment, you can fill your house with art pieces, brushes, various decorative items – whatever it is that makes you feel good at home.
In this article, we’ve prepared a list of five ways in which the way you arrange furniture, colour layouts, and other items in your house can affect your mood. Of course, everyone will have their taste when the decoration is in question, but these five entries are pretty much universal for all people.
Here’s the deal.
1) The Lighting
When it comes to lighting your place, an important thing to pay attention to would be to allow as much natural light to enter your living space as possible.
The thing is, natural light can improve your mood, as humans have been programmed naturally to like the sun and to be exposed to natural light every day. (Unless you live in northern Finland. Then you will have to wait for the sun for months on end.)
Anyway, to bring more light into your house or apartment, set up larger windows as well as appropriate window shades so you can have some privacy when you need it. While we’re at it, to further increase privacy, you can also fit noise reduction windows, for good measure. This way, you can protect yourself and your family from annoying outside noises, too.
Colours represent a crucial aspect of interior design, as the warmth or coolness of the hue on the wall can have either soothing or anxiety-inducing effects on you.
Of course, again, this is to an extent subjective, but generally speaking – some colors indeed tend to relax people while others make them jittery.
For example, light purple is a hue that usually has a calming effect and soothes anxiety. Red-coloured walls, on the other hand, promote excitement and high-energy which some people may find anxiety-inducing. That said, for others, red might mean better productivity and more vibrant living quarters.
Then there is blue which is said to increase productivity and motivates you to get something done. Overall, lighter colours tend to make you more relaxed, while deeper tones tend to be more comforting – depending on what particular colour you decided to go for.
3) Space Layout
How you organize the space in your house plays an important role in how you’re going to feel living there on a day-to-day basis.
For example, if you like to cook and you do it every day, you may want to make access to your kitchen and larder easy and spend some extra time decorating the kitchen. Why would you regard your kitchen as just another room if you spend a lot of time there and it means more to you than just a regular room?
4) House Plants
One thing that tends to dampen the mood in your house would be the overwhelming technicality of the area – especially if you happen to be a tech junkie. With all the TV sets, gaming corners, air conditioners, and other gadgets, you can get a feeling of certain detachment from Mother Nature.
So, to fix this, bring in a couple of houseplants to your house. They will both bring in that certain je ne sais quoi to your home, and make the place look more in touch with nature than before.
Last but not least, perhaps the most important way to make your house a place where you will feel truly at home is to thoroughly personalize it.
The great thing about this is that it doesn’t have to be either an expensive or too difficult an experience – as long as you manage to make it look the way you want it. Of course, we’re not saying you should steer clear from luxurious items, but even if you can’t afford them, a well-made paint job and a couple of stylish secondhand pieces of furniture can truly do wonders.
In conclusion, your home should be a place where you get to relax, where you get inspired, and where you feel supported and at ease. So, as long as you venture to put in a little bit of effort to make it suit your needs to the highest extent possible, chances are – you are going to feel fresh and ready to go every time you’re home.