01 May Decorating Artfully: How Simple Design Elements Can Boost Your Mood
When was the last time you sat back to notice and enjoy the decor in your home? With our on-the-go lifestyles, it can be hard to find time to pick out home accessories, update paint colors, or add those special little touches to your home and life. Even if you really enjoy interior decorating, it’s easy to let it fall to the backburner and never make it a priority. Perhaps it’s time to make some space in your schedule for a few simple decor ideas and projects.
In case you need more justification for devoting a precious bit of your calendar to décor, you have science on your side. Did you know that your interior décor choices can make a significant difference in your mood? It’s true! The design of your home has been proven to have a profound impact on your wellbeing. It not only influences your daily mood and mental stability but also how you perceive the world around you. So let’s dig into a few simple ways you can harness the positive effects of great design!
Let the light in!
Simple changes like opening the windows and lifting the shades to let more natural sunlight in can improve your mood and make you happier instantly. Scientists have discovered that the bright sunlight streaming in can increase your serotonin levels. For more serotonin-boosting light, swap your blackout shades for lighter, translucent window coverings.
If you want to magnify the light coming in, as well as the happy effects, try adding more reflective surfaces in the sunny rooms. Consider hanging a mirror across from a wall of windows or adding a few pieces of mirrored furniture. A mirror-topped accent table is a chic and effective addition to any room.
Plant a seed of happiness!
Another sure-fire way to add peace and serenity to your home is by adding plants. Plants offer a host of feel-good benefits. For starters, they purify the air, so you and your family can breathe easier. Plus, they have the added benefits of creating calm surroundings and improving concentration. Adding a plant wall to your home office will not only improve your room aesthetically but is an investment in your personal productivity.
Don’t worry if you aren’t blessed with a green thumb. Easy-to-maintain plants like succulents and air plants pack the same chill vibes and productivity-enhancing benefits as their finicky counterparts. The more the merrier – there’s no such thing as too many plants!
Harness energy with color!
In addition to boosting your mood, the design of your home can and should help energize you. Even small accessories can go a long way to livening up your space. One of my personal favorite additions is an accessory in shiny copper. Copper adds a sophisticated touch that blends well with a wide variety of color schemes, so no need to do a full décor overhaul.
Copper isn’t your only option for adding some lively color to your space. Bold, multicolored rugs are a great way to add warmth and energy to your home. Small rugs in vibrant hues can have just as much of an impact on the feeling of a room as a larger textile and cost way less.
There are tons of ways to easily add color to your space. A bright vase, a vibrant pillow or two, some colorful artwork, or even a painted accent wall will all help transform a space.
Don’t be afraid to experiment. Use color as an exciting opportunity! You can play with different colors to see what brings the mood and feeling you want into your rooms or smaller parts of your life as well. For example, a good place to start playing with color is to switch up the mood of your Artful Agenda cover with a variety of designs and patterns offered. (Pro tip – you can also use this digital planner to schedule in your decorating tasks. No more excuses for putting off your decorating goals!)
The lively design of Artful Agenda doesn’t stop with the cover. In fact, things get more fun and personalized inside and on every page. Artful Agenda offers a variety of handwriting options, so you can pick the one that’s just right for you and your schedule. Not only that, but you can add stickers to liven up your calendar in the same way that accessories perk up your home!
Whether it’s a sticker on a digital page or a bevy of plants, there’s a creative way to upgrade both your home and your calendar for some awesome mood-boosting results.
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