Have you ever noticed how the way that a room is designed and decorated can affect the way that you feel? Most design experts agree that your home environment can be reflected in your mood and vice-versa. Since different interior setups can affect how you feel in your home, it makes sense to design your living space to uplift your mood. This might mean creating a feeling of relaxation or positive energy in different rooms. Here are some tips for designing to improve your mood.
Interiors and mood
Your furniture layout, color choices, lighting and décor can all affect how you feel in an interior space. To make your home more suited to happy moods, start by assessing how each room in your home makes you feel when you enter. Identify rooms that could be made to feel more calming or energetic.
Feng shui is a popular design style for improving your mood using the following concepts: declutter, increase natural light, balance heavy and light elements, ensure flow by clearing walking paths and use plants to improve air quality and relaxation in your home.
Check the textures in each of your rooms. Soft blankets and pillows create a restful space in the living room. Rich draped fabrics can inspire a romantic mood in the master bedroom and bathroom. Sharper furniture and clean lines allow you to focus while spending time in the office, kitchen, home gym and other spaces that are designated for energetic tasks.
There is a psychology behind color choice. In general, lighter colors create a feeling of openness and lightness. Dark color choices in a room might make you feel enclosed and give a heavier feeling.
Neutral colors are adaptable to many uses and moods. White provides a fresh and clean feeling, but when overused, it may feel bland and cold. Used with pops of other colors, white can feel elegant and make a small room appear larger. Brown is a grounding color since it is found in natural wood tones and earth. It creates a dense and sleepy feel, so it should be used sparingly. Black is denser in visual weight, so it should be used only as a balance against lighter colors or to darken a home theater room.
Yellow is great for kitchens and living rooms because it lifts your spirits and energizes. Red is deeper and can bring intensity and romance to the bedroom. It can increase appetite and blood pressure, so use the brightest hues sparingly and primarily in the dining room. Pink is a lighter tint of red that is youthful, playful and peaceful. Studies have shown that a certain shade of pink might lower your heart rate.
Cool colors help with relaxation and can cause decreased appetite. Blue is a favorite for living rooms that promotes openness, steadiness and confidence. Dark blue can feel rich, while light blue feels calming. Purple hues create a luxurious look and represent prosperity, imagination and ambition. Green reduces stress and promotes health by bringing natural tones indoors.
Once you have a streamlined layout and understand which colors enhance the mood of each room, you will want to focus on specific design details to create your own home sanctuary.
Nature is considered to be a powerful antidepressant, so you will want to take advantage of this free happiness creator. Natural outdoor light that is let in through windows can give any room a more open and airy feel. Allowing sunlight into a room brings in the visually calming effects of the blue sky and green grass. You can adjust the amount of natural light that you let in during the day and brighten up your life by installing wooden shutters. These allow for comfort and privacy when they are closed at night after the sun has set.
For evenings and gloomy weather, cheer up a room with lighting. Combine a ceiling light fixture with a lamp or two, and in larger rooms, consider adding task lighting.
Add interest to any room with decorative details. Place family photos or artwork in prominent places. Mix contrasting colors and textures. Add dark-colored furniture and accessories to a room with light walls and floors or vice-versa. Choose luxurious details such as an elegant framed mirror, custom upholstered chair, plush towels and smooth sheets. Fill your home with things that make you happy and remind you of fun times.
Knowing how different design elements can affect your mood will help you create a home environment that makes you feel at ease. Layout, color choice and natural or artificial light can affect how you feel. Since your home is your sanctuary to rest and recuperate at the end of the day, it makes sense to invest a bit of time and energy to make it suit you and make you feel happy.