Did you know your home décor can have a powerful impact on your frame of mind? For example, dark and depressing rooms can make you feel sad and discouraged, while bright, cheery rooms can help you feel upbeat and inspired. Are there any simple things you can do to brighten your home and lighten your mood? Yes, there are many things you can do. Try out some of these ideas to cheer up your home:
1. Add more light.
Light is one of the easiest ways to boost your mood. Increase the amount of light in a room by opening blinds and curtains. White blinds and curtains reflect the light. Place mirrors opposite or next to windows to increase the amount of natural light cast into your rooms.
2. Choose bright colors.
While you may be creating drama with dark furniture, it won’t help your mood. Watch out for neutrals because they can also be dreary. Brighter colors like yellow, pink, blue, and green can freshen up a room and give it an instant. This applies to curtains, rugs, furniture and accessories.
3. Add family pictures.
Add more pictures of your family and friends. If seeing an image of your loved ones instantly makes you smile, then buy some frames and add them to your walls, coffee tables and side tables. The refrigerator and fireplace mantel are popular choices as well.
4. Add happy artwork.
Pablo Picasso’s “Melancholy Woman” isn’t the type of artwork that lifts moods. Select art that makes you feel happy. Images of smiling people, beautiful landscapes, and inspiring quotes are popular choices. You can also frame your children’s artwork as a reminder of the joy they bring into your life and will make them feel good too.
5. Add flowers.
Fresh flowers are preferred and will also add a nice fragrance to a room. However, they’re not the only option. Silk flowers come in a variety of realistic choices and can instantly brighten a room.
6. Rearrange or replace decorations.
Does the vase you bought on sale look outdated already? Do you wish your decorations could get an upgrade? Changing the decorations in your home can help you lift your mood. Replace old and tired objects and rearrange other items. Even swapping a few simple throw pillows for some nice, new ones can make a difference.
7. Remove clutter.
Clutter can weigh you down emotionally and negatively influence your mood, even if you think you don’t notice it. If you clean your house and eliminate clutter, you’ll notice a big emotional change. Consider new storage ideas, such as bins under your bed, to prevent clutter from reappearing.
8. Enhance with fragrance.
Use fragrance for a positive change (as long as you don’t have any allergies to them). Essential oils are one way to brighten your mood and modify the ambience in a room. Citrus oils like grapefruit and orange are linked to happier moods. Mint oils, such as peppermint, also have a similar effect. You can spray a small amount of the essential oils in the air to create a lasting impact. You can also add oils to a burner for another way to add fragrance.
9. Change the light fixtures.
Did you know that changing a living room or kitchen light fixture can add a whole new dimension to your home? A modern fixture or a cluster of pendant lights can instantly change the atmosphere and the décor of any room.
Cheer up your home by making simple changes to each room. Try it and notice what a positive and wonderful effect it has on your mood.
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