Your environment can considerably impact your mood. For this reason, it is only wise to fill your space with colors, lights, and designs that evoke positive emotions. Consider these home improvements hacks to make your home a happier place.
In the Kitchen
Your kitchen should give you a feeling of comfort. A good kitchen offers sociability and warmth beside getting your tummy full. Ideally, it is a multi-functional space where family and friends meet, relax, or do homework. Your kitchen design should allow you to look at others while your back is facing the wall as you cook. Something is likely amiss if it makes you face away from your company or family, and wonder what is going on behind you. This is because the brain produces cortisol and adrenaline hormones under such circumstances that boost feelings of fear, stress, and anxiety.
On the contrary, whenever you face your company, you’re likely to feel more in control and safer as oxytocin hormone responsible for enjoyment and relaxation gets released. The best kitchen design allows you to face your door, fireplace, and window.
For the Windows
Windows offer an emotional lift to some extent. You’re likely to feel more relaxed as you view the weather or any activity happening outside through the window. What is more, windows allow natural light to get into the house. For instance, sun rays in the morning have a soothing effect and will uplift your mood. Do not forget to open up all the windows in your rooms once per day for adequate air circulation.
Create a Calming Place
Find a sanctuary in your home where you can restore, rest and think things over. It can be a whole room or craft space, a reading nook or some private space somewhere in your home. When decorating the sacred space, use bright but muted shades like sage, warm light, soft textures, and curved patterns and objects instead of straight lines. Studies show that sharp transitions appear to be more of a threat than curved lines.
Keep Your Home Clean
A clean home has both mental and physical benefits. You can start by removing unnecessary stuff as the cleaning will be less overwhelming. Since you will take lesser time cleaning, you can use the time saved to do other activities that you love. Cleaning can also help you relieve anxiety and stress. Whenever you feel frantic, try and clean your kitchen to calm your nerves and boost your moods. Keeping your home clean is one of the most practical home improvement hacks to add peace of mind.
Rearrange Your Bedroom
Getting enough sleep and waking up on the right foot improves your mood. Eliminate anything that might remind you of unpleasant and unfinished tasks. In case your working desk is in your bedroom, ensure that it is placed somewhere you cannot see piles of paperwork when you go to bed. Consider using blackout curtains on your bedroom windows; they will make your room dark for good sleep. Pull them in the morning to allow sun rays in. Do not forget to make your bed; it will be more inviting in the evening.
Pick Mood-Boosting Colors
Wall color impacts your mood, so it is high time you choose a better paint coat. Bright but less saturated colors such as sage green keep you calm while less bright but saturated colors such as kelly green will make you feel more energized. You will feel happier in your working space surrounded by energizing colors, for instance in the office, kitchen or laundry room. Muted colors, on the other hand, are perfect for a relaxing space like a bedroom or family room. Yellow and blue will elevate your mood in the kitchen and bedroom respectively.
Try several if not all of the home improvements tips discussed above. At the end of the day, the more comfortable you are, the happier you will be.