If I am being honest, I've been in my house a LOT more than usual this year. And, I am not sure about you but my work-from-home space isn't doing it for me any more. Maybe it's time you make the whole house smile and freshen everything up!
Here we come with a few suggestions to get you through this season and make your home happier. I hope these fun ideas bring out your inner interior designer and really get your creativity motivated.
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1. Add More Yellow To Your Space – Yellow works well in spring and summer and fall and winter. It looks bright and cheerful all year long. This palette brings warmth and cheer to your space. You can add small touches of this whimsical hue or go all out. Check out this collection for more ideas...
No matter what the budget looks like, how big the space or what you know about decorating, your home is your haven. You deserve to be happy in it. There are things you can do to boost the mood in your house that don't cost a fortune.
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2. Bring In Plant Friends – Science shows that surrounding yourself with greenery can boost your mood and lower stress levels. Even if you don't have a big lawn or a nearby forest you can become a proud plant parent with a few succulents for a windowsill, a basket with a large plant like Fiddle Leaf Fig for the bedroom or a stag horn fern for your bathroom.
Studies suggest that surrounding yourself with greenery can elevate your mood and decrease your stress levels. Can’t forest bathe in your neighborhood or turn your sunroom into a greenhouse? That’s okay. Buy a couple of succulents for your windowsill or a fern for your shower. And if you’re a total black thumb, bring in some crystals or shells. You can’t exactly nurture those guys, but even a tiny touch of nature may make you a little more zen.
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“Bringing nature into your home definitely has powerful psychological effects,” says interior designer Rebecca West, who is also a design psychology coach. “Peace lilies are one of my favorites because they’re easy-care and do well in low light conditions.” Dr. Augustin also suggests avoiding spiky plants. “We associate comfort with curvy shapes and not spiky ones, which make us more alert,” she says.
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3. Update WFH Office – Make some changes to your Work-From-Home space to toss in the dash of positivity that comes with new things and new seasons. It may be as simple as new wall art or a new lam. Or it may be as big as a new rug or whole new everything!
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4. A Well Lit Space– When choosing what kind of light for your home think about the feelings you want. For instance warm light is good for socializing while blue and cooler light is better for the WFH area where you do analytical things. During the day open the curtains and keep the window clean to let the sun shine in. There is nothing better than natural light to boost a mood.
We hope these 4 ideas spark your own creativity about how to make your home a little more cozy and comfy (and fun and colorful and happy). The great news is there are little things you can do to boost the mood at home, and all of them are simple and affordable. Another fun fact is this is scientific so you may not know exactly where the cheerful mood comes from -- it just does! Let us know what caught your eye in the comments.