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You may not always be aware of it, but your environment has a distinct psychological impact on your subconscious. In your home, how you design and style your space can greatly influence your mood and emotion. Although the emotional impact of interior design tends to get overlooked, there are immense benefits to understanding your space at an intrinsic level. Mindfully decorating your space with the consideration of your personal needs can lead to a happier, healthier, and less cluttered life. Here are a few design mood-lifters to consider when decorating your space:
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The power of a little greenery should never be underestimated. Plants are natural stress-reducers and air purifiers that create a relaxing and inviting environment. These leafy friends have the unique ability to make any home feel like a tranquil urban jungle. A substantial amount of academic research has shown that plants’ ability to make us feel more in touch with nature has dramatic effects on our well-being. Increased happiness, health, creativity and productivity are some of the many proven physical and psychological benefits of plants. There is no denying that a green home is a happy home.
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Every color has the ability to evoke different moods for different people, which is why the selection of color is such a personal choice. When deciding on color, the most important question to ask yourself is how do you want to look and feel in your space. Interior designer and color expert Elaine Ryan says, “It’s all about finding the colors you respond to and that make you feel good.” Whether you’re planning on making a certain color the focal point of a room or a complementary statement piece, keep in mind the psychological value of each color you choose. Below are a few examples of how color can have a positive mood-enhancing impact on your home:
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White: Refreshing and peaceful.
Black: Assertiveness and power.
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Blue: Calming, relaxing, and serene.
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Pink: Affectionate and loving.
Green: Comfort and togetherness.
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Yellow: Happiness and warmth.
For a more in-depth look at the effects of color, check out this HGTV article.
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3. Decluttering and Organizing
Decluttering and organizing your home not only makes your space more aesthetically pleasing, it also is a significant environmental destresser. Studies have found that there is a clear link between clutter and depression. Messy, unorganized rooms not only make our homes look bad, they also make us feel bad. Lately people are beginning to catch on to the idea that a clutter-free home translates to a clutter-free life. It’s no wonder that Marie Kondo’s bestselling book, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up started a global decluttering craze.
Decluttering your home is really an exercise in focusing on filling your home with only your most-joy giving belongs. After purging unnecessary and redundant household items, organization is crucial to ensure the lasting personal effects of decluttering. Placing your items in areas that are easily reachable or viewable will allow you to fully appreciate and enjoy the true value of your belongings. Mindfully decorating your space will teach you to truly love and respect your home and can have an immense effect on your daily life. The simple acts of tidying up and organizing may be the way to your bliss.
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