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How Decorating a Room can Boost Your Mood
In today's world of technology, it's easy to get stressed about happenings in the world that we have no control over, not to mention the stressors we face in our personal lives, in our families, and in our jobs. The world of interior design allows us to escape from all that chaos by creating quiet little worlds of our own; but how do we make sure we choose pieces and colors that promote the worlds we want to create? It is imperative to consider how different elements of interior design affect our moods, as well as how we can make sure our little worlds exude elegance, comfort, and happiness.
If you're looking to redecorate your home to attain an overall better mood, consider these questions: How does a room make you feel when you enter? Does your home need more fresh air and circulation? Are textures soft in restful areas, like the bedroom and living room, and sharp in areas of focus, like your office? Why did you choose the color and fabric of the room's accents, like curtains or lampshades?
If you want to invoke a sense of happiness, it's important to make a great first impression. Since the living room and the kitchen are the designated gathering places in the home, it's a good idea to make sure these rooms feel light and elegant. To invoke a sense of comfort instead, use warm textured fabrics with rich colors. If you're particularly proud of your house and want to share that pride with your guests, be sure to use your formal living room and dining room to impress. Don't be afraid to spend a little more money here to make a statement with your furniture pieces; this will help your guests feel like they are important too. If you want to conjure romance in your bedroom or living room, use soft and touchable fabrics with some drape or flow in them.
The color of a room makes a big difference in terms of how that room makes us feel. As a rule, lighter colors will make a room feel more open while darker colors will make a room feel cozier and more enclosed. Warm colors, like reds and pinks, will help your guests feel energized as well as increase their appetites. Red brings a passionate energy to a room while pink brings to mind happiness, love, and peace. Cool colors, like blue and purple, relax the mind. Light blues invoke a sense of calm while purples remind us of luxury and creativity. Neutral colors, like browns, whites, and blacks, are versatile and good for many uses. Brown is typically associated with wood, organics, and a sense of stability. White can be elegant as well as open up a space; it's associated with ideas of purity, goodness, and cleanliness. Black is recommended to not be used as a home's dominant color, since it can be overpowering. Used tastefully, though, black can invoke a sense of power and elegance.
Consider also using feng shui to change the energy in any given room. There are different principles and rules to follow to promote specific energies, so make sure you take these rules into consideration before you start rearranging your furniture. One of the principles of feng shui says that mimicking the outdoors in your home will optimize your mood and improve your life in general. For example, plants in the home are always good mood boosters, especially since they physically purify the air in your home! They're also very pretty, which is a bonus. Make sure you choose plants and flowers that you think are beautiful so that you can enjoy them to the fullest. To better adhere to other feng shui concepts, make sure that you create a good energy flow in your house and keep it clean. One of the biggest stressors in any home is simple clutter. Take time to declutter and organize your belongings so that you don't have to come home to a messy house. Remember: clutter is the enemy.
Lighting has a large effect on mood; bright, harsh bulbs can cause a sense of uneasiness or even sadness in your home. Warm lights are better, but natural light is the best option for a soothing, comforting atmosphere. Aim to let in as much natural light as possible, and choose to use warm bulbs and mirrors to exaggerate whatever little natural light you can usher into a room if ushering in a lot of natural light isn't an option. Seemingly small things like window coverings can have a great effect on your mood as well. If your room has windows that let in a little too much sun, making the environment uncomfortably hot, consider switching out darker, heavier curtains for lighter-colored ones that will not absorb the sun's warmth the same way that darker curtains do. Not only will this shift improve the comfortability of your room in terms of temperature, but this simple change could also save you money. On the other hand, if your room feels dark, choose window coverings that allow more light to enter.
The amount of furniture in a given space can affect how the whole room makes you feel. If you want a room to feel bigger, reduce the amount of furniture that you have in that room. If you want a room to feel smaller or cozier, add more furniture and other decoration pieces. Even though it might be tempting to choose the trendiest furniture for your home, keep in mind that comfortability is equally important when it comes to the mood of any given room. Choose furniture that looks good and feels good for the greatest mood boost possible.
At the end of the day, the most important way you can boost your mood through the process of redecoration is to choose furniture pieces and other miscellaneous decorations that make you happy. Peruse our website to see what Laurel Crown can offer you, and remember that we can also customize our furniture pieces if you see something that speaks to you. Follow your heart and we guarantee that your house will become a brighter, happier home.
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