When most of us think of the word “home,” we want to feel ourselves smile, relax and recall positive memories from that family dinner or fun night entertaining guests for happy hour. If you don’t, the problem may lie in how your home is decorated, furnished or arranged. This theory is known as “neuro-architecture,” which combines architecture and neuroscience to determine how the body and brain respond to built environments. Turns out, we can feel a lot better at the end of the day if we tweak some of our home décor decisions. So if you’re looking to boost your mood and give your home an upgrade, it may be time to rethink your home interior.
Keep Things Personal
One of the best parts about our homes is all of the happy memories we associate with them. So why not let your home décor trigger those positive emotions? Keep those associations at the forefront of your mind when you get home by placing family pictures in areas you walk by often or hanging up personal art along with your favorite standard pieces of wall art. If you’re not the artistic or photo-taking type, stack your main bookshelf with the books that you have read or decorate with accessories that are especially personal to you. Having different markers of your identity will keep you grounded and more at peace.
A Harvard Medical School study found that sharp or hard-edged objects evoked a sense of danger, which make people feel negatively towards those objects. Alternatively, products with soft edges convey a sense of feeling safe, comforted and content. So when you’re looking to add or upgrade new pieces of furniture, look for pieces such as angular sofas with rounded cushions, colorful vases and bowls or a round coffee table. While every piece of furniture does not need to be rounded, focusing on key pieces will help you relax from the moment you step through your front door.
Bright Colors to Brighten Your Home and Mood
While neon shades may be too bold to be relaxing, a fresh, bright coat of paint may be just what the doctor ordered to soothe and bring a smile to your face. Use a soft yellow to give your home an extra boost of sunny energy, or opt for a mint green to keep you mellow and fresh. White is even a good option for wall or cabinet colors; just make sure it’s a softer shade of white so your room is clean and sleek instead of stark.
Space for Yourself
One reason many of us love being home is because it is our safe haven, the place where we can let go and just be ourselves. That can be difficult though if you have a large family or are living with roommates and it seems like you don’t have personal space. Let that stress go by finding a place for you to have some alone time, whether it’s a reading nook in the attic or your own vanity to put on makeup.