Forget the chocolate. Next time you’re in need of a pick-me-up, try giving your home a mood makeover instead. As the place where you wake up and go to sleep every night, your home should be an environment of rejuvenation, productivity, and joy. Above all, it should be a reflection of you and the place you want to be at the end of the day. Forget spending millions on your dream home; these easy and affordable tweaks will instantly enrich your current space’s level of cheer.
1. Maximize natural light.
A home flooded with natural light is inviting and happy. While large windows and skylights are a helpful advantage, there are ways to enhance your home’s natural light flow without any messy restorations.
Cleaning windows and trimming overgrown gardens will allow for more sun-soaked interiors. When positioned tactfully, large wall mirrors can also bounce light to dimly lit areas and enlarge a room’s perceived size. Swapping out harsh, clinical-style light bulbs for warmer bulbs can also help to reduce strain on your eyes, and will instantly make your home a more soothing environment.
2. Invest in music.
Whether it's played at the dinner table or during a bath, music can set an ambience in the home. It's more than just background noise, as studies have shown the right tune can influence your mood and lift low spirits.
3. Add some greenery.
As well as helping to purifying indoor air, potted plants are a beautiful way to fill out empty spaces; think hallway corners or empty bathroom shelving. Lush greenery will instantly give the room a sense of calm and completion.
When choosing your indoor foliage, it’s important to consider the amount of sun exposure your chosen plant space will receive and to purchase accordingly. While a thriving Calathea will lift your home’s mood, a shriveling orchid will most likely dampen it.
Be experimental with your styling. Artisan ceramic vases or hanging planters can breathe life into a lethargic living room or kitchen, becoming a feature in their own right.
4. Light candles.
Select your home’s scent with the same level of consideration you would your personal perfume; it’s a representation of your style and the first thing a visitor will take in. Candles are an easy way to create a welcoming atmosphere not only for your guests but also for your own pleasure.
You can mix different candle scents throughout the house, but stick to three at most. Too many aromas can become overbearing and suffuse one another's tones. When deciding on a room’s scent, keep the space's purpose in mind. Zesty, crisp scents are well-suited to a kitchen, while deeper scents such as amber or rosewood are ideal for establishing a peaceful bedroom.
5. De-clutter the mess.
Every house has a clutter zone where bits and bobs tend to accumulate. Pinpoint yours and give it some much-needed order. If your entryway has a tendency to become a dumping ground, try adding a shoe rack, umbrella stand, or coat rack.
Give your home a detox every three months by getting rid of any excess you may be sitting on. Systematically check your wardrobe, pantry, the kid’s rooms, and get rid of growing garbage. Not only will you stay on top of your spring cleaning, you’ll find yourself less stressed and clearer minded. There’s no time for extra baggage.
6. Add a personal touch.
Incorporating finishes with sentimental value will make your home a place of positive energy. Family photographs, coffee table books, and collected keepsakes can bring back certain memories and infuse a sense of comfort in your home.
Artwork can also be instrumental in upping your home’s happiness. Feature works can be used as sophisticated focal points in minimalist-style rooms, or to accentuate contrasting textures within the same space. It's important to be happy in your home, so choose art you love and just go with it.
7. Experiment with color.
Although neutral-toned interiors run less risk of clashing with future homeware purchases, color — when used correctly — has the power to manipulate the entire mood of your home. Whether it means repainting your walls or changing your quilt cover, a fresh palette can instantly enhance your home’s happiness.
To avoid a space becoming too busy, use no more than four colors, and always consider the temperatures of your chosen colors. Warmer shades will "pop" when featured alongside a cooler one, instantly becoming a standout feature of a space. Experiment with different colors and be open to trying something a little out of the ordinary. Sometimes the most effective interiors are the most unexpected.
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