Your home is supposed to be the place where you feel the most comfortable. Your surroundings should make you happy, content, and to feel—well, at home. The design of your environment plays a big part in the feel of it. Here are some tips to create some happiness in your home.
1. Work With Colors
The colors you use are a reflection of your personality. Color psychology is also a legitimate thing--certain colors produce different moods and emotions. Think of what you want to project to guests in your home, and what you want them to feel. Yellow brightens rooms and gives you energy, but it probably wouldn’t be a good choice for a bedroom where you sleep. Focus on the room and the feeling you want to have in that room.
Too many colors can be a problem as well. Use one main color and two or three accent colors to avoid things being too overwhelming. Neutral colors like gray and brown go well with bright accent colors to liven them up. Black is probably not great for a main color, but is a wonderful accent to bring your color scheme together.
2. Don’t Forget The Little Things
Decorating is overwhelming enough already with choosing the perfect furniture, paint and all sorts of other things, but don’t make the mistake of forgetting about the small stuff. Little things, like choosing the right kitchen hardware, can be the element that brings the entire room together. Something as simple as the wrong knobs on your cabinets and drawers can throw the whole design off. If you’re going for a rustic country look, you aren’t going to want shiny, modern-looking knobs. They’ll look extremely out of place with the theme that you’re trying for.
3. Open Things Up
Too much clutter can make it impossible to walk around and do simple things in your home. Try only having simple things you really like. Obviously, your living room is probably going to have couches and a chair or two, end table or a coffee table, and maybe a TV and entertainment stand. Try to spread that out and have a nice open space in the center for an accent rug. The open space make a room feel less claustrophobic, especially if it’s small, and also gives a perfect spot for family game night!
4. Pick Out Some Art
Art can be used in so many ways in your home. It doesn’t have to be about value, but rather pieces that bring the room together or have meaning for you. Use various different mediums to create a variety of visuals. Try local art galleries and displays to find something you won’t find anywhere else and do support local businesses. Pick something that fits with your color scheme and accents it. Use artifacts from vacations, seashells you found on the beach for example, and arrange them and put them in a frame. The possibilities are endless for art, but choose what you want to bring out in your home and make a statement.
5. Lighting Is Important
Light is a big factor on the mood inside your house. Lighting is a very important step that most people tend to forget. For an office or work area, you’ll want bright lights that help you to see what you’re doing. In a living room or theatre room, dimmers are a good idea to switch from socializing mode to movie mode. Research what kind of lighting is best for the room’s purpose.
Consider big windows and getting a lot of natural light in your home as well. Low levels of Vitamin D have been linked to depression, and the best way to get your daily dose of D is through sunlight. Having a lot of natural light in your house can literally make you happier.
Follow these tips, change up your design and make your home a happy one!