"How does that make you feel?"
Asking this age old psychiatric question is highly recommended as you consider ways to improve the space where you live. A few days ago I came across these 7 decor characteristics that influence your emotions, and wanted to share them with you.
The Color of Your World
In the early 1800s, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe proposed colors affect the human psyche in his book Theory of Colours. Although his interpretation of certain colors was not entirely accurate, his theory was confirmed through recent studies and experiments. Today, we know colors affect us on a psychological level.
Here are some color correlations:
- Red - passion, warmth, intimacy
- Orange - energy, innovation
- Yellow - joy, creativity,
- Green - relaxation, naturally soothing
- Blue - calming, refreshing
- Purple - luxury, sophistication
- Gray - relaxation, peacefulness
- Brown - relaxation, calmness, connection to nature
- Black - boldness, power
- White - cleanliness, purity, sterility
Bringing Nature Indoors
While there's nothing wrong with filling your home with modern conveniences, too much may leave the living space feeling sterile or impersonal. Such environments do little to reduce stress and feelings of anxiety. Psychologists recommend adding elements of nature to your environment to counteract a space that feels sterile. Bringing potted plants inside, keeping a bouquet of flowers on a table, and hanging paintings of outdoor scenes will help create a relaxed and welcoming environment.
Clear the Clutter
Clearing clutter is one of the most basic things you can do to improve a room’s vibe. We tend to let things pile up here and there. These eyesores affect our stress levels. You may not consciously be aware of it, but seeing clutter can cause you to tense up and feel anxious. Adding a cabinet space enhances the atmosphere and provide a place for storing papers, books, and other items.
Increase Natural Sunlight
The amount of natural light a room receives will also affect your mental state. Depending on how a home is situated, some rooms receive very little sunlight. Adding skylights can help, but there are also cheaper options. Try adding mirrors to the room, placing them at angles to capture the sun's rays. A mirror’s reflection also helps make a room look bigger.
Add the Illusion of Space
Rooms that are smaller and more confining can either be cozy or suffocating. If the room makes you feel claustrophobic, try to create more room. As previously mentioned, mirrors can add dimension to the room. Additionally, look for ways to leave the center of the room empty. Instead of a coffee table, add an extra end table. You can also add more artwork to draw the eye away from the size of the room.
Take Advantage of Aromatherapy
Adding scented candles is a simple, quick way to enhance a room's aroma. Alternatively, you might prefer investing in an essential oil diffuser. Whichever method you choose, look for scents that lead to a positive and relaxed emotional state. Lavender, cinnamon, and jasmine are just a few to consider.
Invest in New Furniture
If you're a crafty person, you might build your own tables or a chair from reclaimed wood. This brings your personal style to a room, and promotes a more welcoming vibe. If your sofa and chairs don't help you feel relaxed, consider selling them and buying something a little different. Your home should be a place to relax and unwind, so keep that in mind, when shopping for new furniture.
Paying closer attention to how your room makes you feel enables you to create a happier environment. People often tend to create a room by adding components that they like without giving thought to how those items will affect the overall environment. Visualizing possibilities of a living space will help you create something that feels good and welcomes guests openly.
Feeling the need for a major renovation? Daniel Builders can assist you further as you process these feelings.