Decorating your home has a lot to do with style, personal taste and in general, visual appeal. Naturally, you want to be surrounded with beautiful things, you want your home to make a good first impression on your guests and you want it to represent your own fashion sense.

However, what many people don’t know is that your home décor can influence your mood as well. So, if you’d like to know how you can decorate your home in a way that would improve your mood and raise the spirits of everybody who comes for a visit, here are a few décor tips to help brighten up your living space.

 

1. Light it up

One of the best ways to metaphorically ‘brighten up’ is to literally brighten up your living space. This means that you should let in as much natural light as you can during the day. Moreover, one central lighting is rarely enough, even for smaller rooms, so introduce a few more lighting sources. You should also learn how to layer them correctly in order to make sure no corner of a room is left in the dark. Finally, you can double the amount of light you receive by using mirrors as decorative elements; the light would bounce off them and make your home look larger and brighter.

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2. Think about the colours

Most people know that colours can affect our mood, so use that fact to your advantage. Depending on the kind of effect you want to achieve, you can paint different rooms in different colours. Or, if you can’t afford a complete makeover, you can always emphasise a certain color with accessories and other decorative items.

For example, green and blue shades would be perfect for your bedroom and bathroom, because they have a soothing effect. Red would work great in the kitchen, as it’s believed to increase people’s appetite, but it’s also a good choice as an accent color for your living room. Just keep in mind that the colours you choose should be those that you actually like as well.

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3. Add more comfort

A good way to make your living space more comfortable is to engage your sense of touch. Soft things make us feel safe and at ease. So, consider introducing more softness into your home with furry rugs, throws, and pillows. There are also many useful electrical goods that can add to the sense of comfort, like electric blankets, heated throws, and unique table lamps. Moreover, when it comes to materials, wood is a great choice for your furniture, as it brings the sense of warmth to the space.

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4. Introduce some nature

Nature is one of the most powerful – and the most beautiful – mood enhancers you could find. This means that you should try to bring in as much nature as you can into your home, especially if you spend a lot of time indoors. You don’t need to have a green thumb for a few potted plants, and they can benefit you in many ways; they can make your home feel more welcoming, they are great decorative items, and they can purify the air you breathe.

Additionally, if you can handle a bit more responsibility, you should also consider getting a small fish tank or a couple of parakeets. They would give your eyes something to rest on, and they can liven up the atmosphere.

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5. Surround yourself with things you love

Last but not least, the best way to make yourself actually feel good inside your home is to surround yourself with things you love. This includes family photos that evoke positive memories, childhood collectables, favourite coffee mugs, etc. After all, your shelves are not just for the books; they are perfect for incorporating small pieces of your life that give your home a personal touch and remind you who you are. So, don’t hesitate to display things that make you feel good about yourself; seeing them first thing in the morning can make each day start with a smile.

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Your home is your safe place; it’s where you should feel at peace. Considering that the way you decorate it can influence the way you feel inside it, you should make sure your home’s décor makes you actually feel good. So, fill it with meaningful belongings, make sure it’s well lit, introduce some nature into it and think about the colours. This way, your living space will truly feel like home.

 

Stella Van Lane is a Sydney-based Home Design Consultant and is a regular contributor to Smooth Decorator and Highstylife. You can find her on Facebook or Twitter.

 

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