Your home is a reflection of your personal style, and should be your favorite place to spend time. Whether you are entertaining in your open concept kitchen, working in your home office, or curling up in your comfortable bed at the end of a long day, the choices you make when designing a home are more than just purely aesthetic. No doubt, the state of your home’s interior can also have a positive or negative affect on your mood. Here, we’ll discuss why, and what you can do to make your home a happier place — from solid wood cabinetry (and other storage solutions) to the paint colors you choose.
Psychologists (and interior decorators) have long believed color can affect your mood. In the kitchen, white creates a sense of freshness and yellow promotes warmth and happiness. Yellow also stimulates the appetite, making it a great wall color choice for aspiring home chefs. In fact, yellow kitchens are so popular; they can actually increase the value of your home! Opt for creamy butter or wheat tones on the walls, paired with crisp white cabinets, for the perfect kitchen mix.
If you have an open concept kitchen, yellow hues are generally neutral enough to also carry throughout the rest of the home. Of course, personal preference should also come into play. If you’re not a fan of yellow, you could opt for shades of white, brown, or gray to create a seamless, soothing color scheme from room to room.
Colors like red and orange are energetic and exciting, but can also cause agitation when overdone. With that said, they can have a dramatic impact when used sparingly, in bold, decorative pops. Think throw pillows in the TV room or small appliances in the kitchen. Cool shades of blue, purple, and green are perfect for the bedroom or TV room, because they are calming and promote relaxation.
Like color, clutter can have a profound affect on your mood. In fact, a messy home doesn’t just add to our stress and anxiety levels — there is also a link between clutter and depression. For a happier home, here are some tips to get the clutter under control:
- Sort through your home, and discard or donate anything adding to the mess.
- Have a basket for incoming bills and mail, file important papers immediately, and shred or recycle the rest.
- Install inside cabinet accessories in the kitchen for better organization.
- Install solid wood cabinetry for storing necessary items behind closed doors.
- Don’t let dishes pile up in the kitchen sink or on countertops.
- Make your bed immediately after you wake up each day.
- Stay on top of cleaning by breaking chores into smaller, more manageable daily tasks, or make chores more fun with these suggestions.
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