Have you ever heard of interior design psychology? In a nutshell, this looks at how an environment, (in this case your home) can affect the behaviour of those who live there (in this case, you). So if you’ve been feeling down lately and need something to get you feeling motivated again – why not consider revamping your home!
Your environment has a real impact on your mood, therefore you want to create a home that makes you feel positive and happy. So if you know for a fact that your house could use a little TLC or that redecorating is the project you need to inject some creativity back into your life, then look no further. This guide will look at how you can create a home that will boost your happiness and have you feeling motivated in no time.
Firstly, one of the best ways to maximise your space and make yourself feel instantly better is to declutter your rooms. You know what they say, tidy house, tidy mind – and it really is true! Clutter could be impacting your wellbeing more than you know. So start one room at a time and simply sell, donate or throw away anything you no longer need that’s taking up valuable space. You might even want to invest in some new storage units to help you store your belongings away neatly.
Whether you decorated the house yourself or it was that way when you moved in, there are some colours that are more beneficial for your happiness than others. Darker colours can feel warm and cosy, but they can also cause a home to feel claustrophobic or gloomy. Using light hues can help to make your home feel more spacious and clean, so choose lighter colours like whites, creams, yellows or greys. You can buy paint for relatively cheap so you don’t have to break the bank, but it really can make your house feel happier. Gartec Home talks about how room colour impacts your mood.
Whether you choose to fully redecorate or not, it could be time to update your tired old furniture. Consider investing in a new bed (which in turn will help you get a better night’s sleep), new sofa, new dining room table or perhaps you can even take it to the next level. Scandinavian design is famous for its minimalistic style which is said to boost happiness, so why not adopt this style in your home.
Start by decluttering and then add some great new furniture such as , oak tables or accessories, small coffee tables or beautiful hanging lampshades. The popularity of this type of interior design means you can get your hands on plenty of affordable furniture to suit this style and help to make your home feel fresh and new.
Another part of Scandinavian design, but also good practise generally, is bringing the outdoors inside by adding plants or botanicals to your home. This can add colour and sophistication to your rooms but is also said to be therapeutic.
Once you’ve had a good clear out, it can be helpful to also re-organise your remaining belongings and furniture. Set these out for functionality. Keep things you use frequently within reach and those items you rarely use can be tucked away out of sight. You should also ensure that you’re making the most of your space. Consider the best way to position your furniture for ease of movement and to maximise your living space.
You could use flowers for this, but there are also some other alternatives. Filling your home with lovely fragrances can boost your happiness and help you to feel relaxed. Fragrances like citrus fruits or fresh linen have been proven to work wonders for your mood, though you could also keep your scents seasonal.
For example, choosing fresh flowers in summer and cinnamon candles in the winter months. Whatever you do, make sure your fragrances complement your home. You can also choose these as stylish accessories such as potpourri in a nice bowl, decorative candles, essentials oils or attractive diffusers.
Finally, you can boost your happiness by placing photos around your home. You can do this by using frames or having them printed on to a canvas and putting these up on the wall. However you choose to display your pictures, these will remind you of great memories with friends and family each time you look at them. They could also be of a pet or your favourite place, all of which will really help to boost your mood.
Whatever you decide to do – it’s important to have an uplifting home environment to relax and unwind in. Are there any changes you’ve made to your home or interior design that make your day-to-day activities more joyful?
Edward is the managing director of Sloane & Sons Stylish Chairs. He is an expert in quality, comfortable upholstered chairs.