Your home is a place where you can relax and enjoy the company of those who matter the most to you. It’s a haven and a refuge from the stresses and strains of the outside world. Nonetheless, the longer we live in a place, the more we can (if we’re not careful) invite stress and anxieties from the outside world into it.
Whether we’re treading the mess of the outside world into the carpet or bringing home way more possessions than we actually need we can find that our love of spending time in the home can start to slowly erode.
In fact, we can even find that spending time at home actually raises our stress levels and leaves us feeling like we have nowhere else to turn.
If this feels a little too close to your state of living, here are 4 ways in which you can help your home to make you happier.
Do away with distraction
It’s an unfortunate symptom of a consumer capitalist society. As the years go by we accumulate more and more belongings. And before long these cease to become useful or valuable to us and start to become clutter.
Clutter is visually distracting and disrupts your home’s otherwise carefully planned aesthetic. What’s more, its presence can exacerbate your stress levels and take a surprising toll on your mental health. Thus, your first step should be to rid your home of clutter. Find somewhere out of the way to store the belongings you want to keep and find an ethical way to get rid of anything you no longer want.
Give yourself the gift of space
Extra space helps you to feel calm and relaxed in your home, while also making sure you get the most out of every room. Of course, there are many ways in which you can get the most out of your home’s space. It’s really a matter of how far you’re prepared to go. Interior Architects can help to reimagine your living space while retaining the architectural facets that lend your space personality and historical context. Or, if you want to go smaller, something as simple as investing in smarter storage solutions can help you to maximise your available living space.
Colour me happy
Colours can have a surprisingly powerful effect on our psychology. Whether they’re painted on our walls, incorporated into our flooring or echoed in our soft furnishings, an understanding of colour psychology can help you to decorate your way to happiness. Even a minimalist aesthetic can make some room for bright, vibrant and cheerful colours here and there.
Scents of tranquility
Finally, the peace and happiness your home affords you isn’t just absorbed through the eyes. Your home’s scent palate also plays a huge part in making your home a happy and relaxing place to live. Whether you incorporate a lot of plants and flowers into your home’s decor or use strategically placed diffusers filled with essential oils, natural relaxing scents like jasmine, sandalwood and citrus can go a long way towards elevating your mood.
Disclosure: this is a collaborative post