Your home’s decoration can have much more of an impact on your overall mood and wellbeing than you may ever have considered. The goal should always be to feel comfortable and relaxed in the home, and your choice of home décor will go a long way towards ensuring that this is the case. If you feel that the current setup is not conducive to making your home as comfortable as it could be, then these 10 tips should help out in making you feel much better.
1. Colours are a Crucial Component
While the objects and items throughout the home can have an impact on your mood, as we will discuss in more detail throughout these tips, colours almost always represent the best place to start.
In rooms where relaxation is key, like the bedroom, you want to choose colours to suit. Blue and green immediately spring to mind as the most soothing and relaxing colours and that holds true in places like the bedroom. However, just as the colour itself is important, the same can also be said of the shade you opt for. If you go too pale with blue in particular, it can result in the room feeling colder than it should. You can also experiment with lighter shades of purple, which are always capable of having the same kind of impact.
In more social spaces, you should take things up a noth and go with warmer, more inviting colours. Red, yellow and orange not only provide the ideal contrast to the blues and greens found elsewhere throughout the home, but they also make for an attractive look and feel. The key here is to avoid colours that are too bright – just as a pale blue can make the bedroom feel cold, a bold red can take over a room and be more of a distraction than it should be.
2. Use Neutral Colours Liberally
Neutral colours rarely do the ideal job as the centrepiece of a room’s decoration, but they are always useful for a mood adjustment. If you change a room’s colour and find that it is not quite right for the atmosphere you were going for, you can temper it and change that mood with neutral colours instead. That doesn’t mean reaching for the paintbrush again either – you simply need to use whites, greys, browns and other neutral options for furniture and accessories like the rugs or curtains.
3. Consider the Impact of Lighting
We have spoken extensively on the impact that lighting can have on the mood of a room, and if you’re having trouble setting the mood correctly, then this is the next area to address. If you’re suffering from poor moods, then natural light can be the ideal remedy. Ensure that there is enough of it entering the room during the day, but make sure that your curtains or other window fittings are capable of shutting it out as necessary.
4. Use Dimmer Switches or Smart Bulbs
Following on from the previous tip, you’ll often find that the specific amount of artificial light in a room at any given moment will reflect in your own mood. If you can have more control over it than simply turning the lights on or off, you’ll find yourself with far better results. At the most basic level, you should consider changing standard switches for dimmers in rooms where you spend a lot of time. Alternatively, you can add smart bulbs that you control from your phone in those same rooms. Their brightness levels and, in some cases, even colours can then be controlled from the app.
5. Determine a Focal Point in Each Room
While usually a subconscious reaction, rooms tend to give off better vibes when they are built around a centrepiece. In the bedroom, this is likely to be the bed, while in the living room, the television or sofa will often fulfil the role. You may even have existing fixtures in place like a fireplace, and that works just as well. Position everything else relative to this focal point and it will enable more clarity of mind.
6. Use Candles for Lighting and Scents
Candles aren’t for everyone but they are certainly popular enough that some brands thrive through selling nothing but them. They are particularly handy in rooms where you want to get some rest, as the flickering light and accompanying scent will boost the mood.
7. Place Furniture with Convenience over Style in Mind
While it goes against the idea of interior design in some ways, you should always position your furniture in a way that appeals most to you and nobody else. As well as looks, this also includes functionality. If you have the benefit of an empty room from which you can start from scratch, begin with the largest item of furniture and work backwards from there.
8. Consider Dropping Sharp Edges on Furniture
From a purely mood-based perspective, furniture with sharp edges can actually make those around it edgier too. It sounds strange, but it is psychologically accurate. If you find yourself on edge when there’s no reason to be, consider swapping out the sharp corners and hard edges for something softer and more rounded.
9. Keep Clutter to a Minimum
Improving your mood always benefits from clearer thinking, and clutter throughout the home actively works against this ideology. If nothing else, you’ll always have it at the back of your mind that you need to tidy up eventually, so why not get straight down to business and get it out of the way early?
10. Add a Personal Touch
Bare walls may have become increasingly fashionable, but there is no better way to feel more comfortable in your home than through adding a few personal touches. This could be family photographs, your own artwork or anything else that marks a room out as being yours and nobody else’s. As noted above, you want to avoid clutter or a feeling of untidiness, but if you can get that right, the sky is the limit and your mood will be boosted in no time!