Most people spend a significant amount of time at home over the course of their lives. This is truer than ever in an age when many now work from home at least some of the time.
Thus, you should consider the impact your home’s design has on your mood. Many don’t realize how seemingly minor design choices can have a major effect on how they feel throughout the day.
If you want to maximize your positive feelings at home, consider the following tips. They’ll help you design a living (and working, and playing, etc.) space that supports your emotional well-being instead of detracting from it.
Let in Natural Light:
Research consistently shows that exposure to natural light is a powerful mood booster. It’s also been shown to enhance productivity, which may be among your goals when redesigning your home if you work from your house.
A simple way to let in more natural light is to keep your windows clean. Better yet, consider installing new windows if yours are fairly old. Along with allowing more natural light to illuminate your home, new windows will likely be more energy-efficient and secure than your old windows. They may also require less maintenance.
No specific interior design style is ideal for everyone. To some degree, you need to consider your own personal taste when deciding which style will inspire your redesign choices.
In general, though, you should strive for a home design and layout that allows you to stay as organized as possible regardless of which room you’re in. Make sure every room has sufficient storage space to minimize clutter and try to maintain a fairly consistent visual style within a room.
In other words, a tie-dye poster in a bathroom that’s otherwise characterized by pastels may not be the best choice.
You’re not imagining things if you notice you tend to be in a better mood when your surroundings are organized and clean. Research indicates people are essentially “wired” to be calmer and happier in well-organized spaces.
Choose Blue for the Bedroom:
You may want to strongly consider painting your bedroom walls a shade of blue when redesigning areas of your home. Blue has been shown to have a calming effect on most people. Thus, blue bedroom walls promote better sleep, which in turn promotes a better mood.
Add Nature Scenes:
You might be lucky enough to live in an area boasting impressive natural beauty. All you have to do to enjoy that beauty is look out your windows and take in your surroundings.
However, not everyone lives in such areas. Additionally, even if you do, depending on where you are in your home, looking out the window for a few moments might not always be an option.
That’s why homeowners should also put up posters and pictures of gorgeous natural settings in strategic spots throughout their homes. According to researchers, looking at such pictures even for a few seconds can dramatically improve a person’s mood.
These general tips can help any homeowner planning a redesign that adds to their home’s mood-boosting strengths. Just remember, you should also incorporate your own personality and tastes into your design choices.
Be sure to decorate your home with pictures and items that personally speak to you. By applying these basic tips while also accounting for your own preferences, you’ll find yourself enjoying time spent at your good enough home much more.