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Our environments play a huge role in contributing to our emotions. When we are in spaces that are drab, cluttered, or unhomely, it’s difficult to feel nurtured and happy. The good news is that it’s easy to feel happier in no time simply by giving your home a bit of a makeover.
1 . Calming scents
Aromatherapy has been a health-boosting go-to for centuries. With the same principles in mind, using the right scents around your home can help you to feel happier and calmer. When you are choosing your candles and incense, try scents like lavender, peppermint or rose, all of which can help you to feel relaxed. Ylang ylang is another great scent, associated with feelings of energy and positivity. When you are choosing candles, look out for earth-friendly options made with vegetable wax or soy.
2. Plenty of plants
Studies have indicated that the presence of plants boosts our endorphin levels and makes us feel happier. Next time your shopping for your home, be sure to get yourself a few lovely plants. For the bedroom, try an Aloe Vera plant; it’s known to be one of the best plants in terms of its air purification properties, emitting oxygen at night while you rest. Jasmine is another plant that smells delightful and serves as a beautiful choice for the bedroom. According to Serenata flowers, Jasmine can help to improve the quality of your sleep. For the bathroom, a nice bamboo plant could be just what you need. Bamboo thrives in humid conditions, so you won’t need to worry about its health. What’s more, you don’t even need any soil to grow bamboo!
3. The right colors
To create yourself a happy home, remember to think about the colors that you are choosing for your interior design. Yellow represents happiness and positivity, as well as energy and clarity. You may not wish to paint every space yellow, but a few touches here and there will do the trick just fine. Perhaps one or two yellow-walled rooms? Maybe a yellow sofa and accessories? It’s generally best to keep to one color scheme throughout the home. So if you go for a bit of yellow, use warm colors elsewhere too. Shades of peach, coral or bright orange would work well.
Green represents nature, life, and harmony, so it’s another top choice for the home. This year green is very on-trend, especially dark-forest green, sage green, or pine. With a few plants for your home and some forest-inspired artwork, you’ll create quite the theme.
And of course, don’t forget about your home’s paint colors! Neutral colors like Gray Owl, Agreeable Gray, Repose Gray, and Passive will create a calming neutral backdrop for all the other colors you want to bring in with accessories.
When translated from Chinese, ‘feng’ means wind, and ‘shui’ refers to water. Both elements are associated with good health in Chinese culture; thus, feng shui also means ‘good fortune.’ It’s useful to think of feng shui as how people interact with their environments. Learning about feng shui will help you to understand how to attract good fortune and health by designing your living space in the right way. The idea is that if you create your living space to be harmonious with the principles of nature, good fortune and health will prosper in your life. With these ideas in mind, get yourself a feng shui book and start learning the tricks to happiness!
5. Natural light
Most of us are well aware that natural light boosts endorphins and consequently makes us happier. If you want to create a positive space, it’s vital to maximize the natural light in your home. Big windows are the way, along with neutral-colored curtains or easy DIY drop cloth curtains so you can let in light even when you want a bit of privacy. One of the best investments that you can make is skylights, treating yourself to plenty of natural light and a gorgeous view of the sky and clouds above. Skylights are a lovely feature, yet they do need to be well maintained, which is why it’s worth keeping the details of a skylight repair company to hand.
6. Happiness jar
Create yourself a ‘happiness jar’ to give your home a zest of gratitude and warmth. Step one, get yourself an oversized glass jar and decorate it (the cuter, the better)! Next, get yourself some small pieces of paper and pens to keep next to the jar. Challenge yourself to write one happy memory or thought in the jar every day. Whether it’s something you are grateful for or a goal for the week; a happiness jar is a humble addition to any home.
7. Maximize comfort
Comfort is everything when it comes to the space of the home, so if it’s been a while since your furnishings have had a spruce- now could well be the time. Choose the softest sofas, huge floor cushions, fluffy rugs, and woolen throws. Layer them all together to make your living room the cozy den that you deserve. For your bedroom, choose a memory foam mattress and a weighted blanket for a better night’s sleep. Keep robes and slippers nearby, and indulge in heated floors (if you don’t mind blowing the budget a little)
8. Reading corner
One study cited in the New Yorker reports that reading can reduce stress and anxiety. To get on the book-worm bandwagon (I’m currently starting the Harry Potter Series), why not create a cozy reading corner in your home? Design a space that’s just for reading; think big armchair, full- bookshelf, foot-stool, and some art-work of book-themed quotes. Creating special spaces like this will help you to create a relaxing home.
9. Sound system
Music is another amazing way to give your endorphins a real lift (especially if there’s dancing involved). Treat yourself to a sound system upgrade, so you can listen to music, whether you’re in the bath or cooking up a storm. A wireless speaker is a great option.
Lastly, if you’re home is cluttered and messy, then it’s likely that you feel easily stressed or sluggish. Make it your mission to do a deep clean and declutter room by room. Those who aren’t too great at getting organized should try the cleaning app ‘Tody’. Here you’ll find some gentle reminders, chore checklists, and tips.
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