I love this post from the PrimeLending blog – sometimes really simple things can make a big difference in your home and your mood. Enjoy these 5 tips!


 

07-02-Improve-The-Mood-Of-Home-ArticleAfter a long day at work, you walk through your front door ready for a relaxing night at home. However, as you look around your cluttered house, you are left feeling more exhausted and anxious than before. It’s time to revamp your décor to match the lifestyle you want to live, the aura you wish to wrap yourself in.

Just as the people you surround yourself with affect your mood, so does the environment in which you live – a concept called neuro-architecture. Elle Decor explains neuro-architecture as a method that is used to improve one’s feeling, mood and responses to their environment through decoration. Through focusing on the following areas, you can create a space that you’re excited to return home to each night.

Simplify

It’s time to take back the classic bit of wisdom, “A little goes a long way.” Throw out the junk mail, donate those outfits you haven’t worn in years and eliminate all items that bring up negative emotions. A cluttered room can create a feeling of weight and stress every time you walk through the door. A great way to get started on this process is to go through each room and declare items as trash, donation, leave or relocate.

However, the de-cluttering doesn’t stop here. It’s important to continue a life of simplicity and maintain an organized environment. Some great techniques to follow include keeping a trash can by the front door so that you can throw away all junk mail as soon as it arrives. Second, think twice when purchasing new home items and knick-knacks. When a purchase is made, attempt to find an item to throw away or donate in order to maintain a clutter free lifestyle.

Lighten Up

Enhancing the lighting in your home is a simple way to boost the mood without investing much time or money.  While removing harsh lighting and opening up the blinds can help lighten up a space, there are many other methods possible. However, lighting isn’t one-size-fits-all. You will want to approach lighting on a room-to-room basis to make sure you end up with the optimal amount of light needed for the activities that take place within the given setting.

For example, lamps and accent lighting would make great additions to an overhead light fixture in a living room where you may want to highlight a piece of art or create the perfect nook for reading. Likewise, a kitchen would benefit from built-in under cabinet lighting to brighten up the areas where you cook. Refer to HGTV’s “Lighting Tips for Every Room” for more room-to-room ideas.

For those tech-savvy homeowners, Philips offers a personal wireless lighting system called Philips Hue. These smart LED light bulbs can be installed into any light fixture to enhance the room’s ambiance. Then, with the Hue mobile app, the homeowner can adjust the color temperature and brightness of the bulb. Each hue light bulb is capable of white, soft white, blue and red illumination. The white lights produces a sense of energy, whereas the off-white is soothing and can create a sense of relaxation at the end of the day.

Bring the Outdoors In

Bringing the outside world indoors can help improve your home’s energy level. For starters, when decorating, try to incorporate natural woods into your design, whether in flooring, furniture or accessories. Then, place plants throughout your house in order to add a lively and healthy energy to each room. Plants are a natural air purifier, and according to NASA’s Clean Air Study, it is a good idea to incorporate one plant per 100 square feet.

A few plants can go a long way, but for those of you who lack green thumbs, implementing succulents can be a great alternative. Likewise, NASA’s study states that the peace lily, spider plant, aloe vera and snake plants are the easiest, most air-purifying plants to keep in your house.

Make Room for Memories

When decorating your home, incorporate your passions, hobbies and personal style to create a space that best represents you. For example, if you’re filled with wanderlust, always planning your next adventure, incorporate a “Where I’ve Been” traveler’s map into your décor. You can purchase a personalized world map from sites such as mapyourtravels.com and Etsy and use push pins to show where you’ve been. Or for those who have an artistic side, you can create one of your own.

Likewise, by displaying framed photos of your family, friends and favorite memories, you can create an area that consistently reminds you of your blessings, good times and the people you love the most. Create a place where you can feel safe, peaceful and content.

Add a Splash of Color

Life isn’t black and white, so why should your house be? Incorporating little splashes of color can help liven up a room and express emotions. For instance, if you want to heighten energy, incorporate the color yellow. It brings a sense of warmth, joy, cheer and sunshine. But use bold colors sparingly. A wall-to-wall bright yellow living room will quickly feel overwhelming. Focus on adding “pops” of color in throw pillows, accent walls and a few accessories.

Speaking of color…if you want to add tranquility, choose a shade of green. Incorporating green within your bedroom can help create a peaceful and relaxing space to end your day. Red is known to stimulate appetite, so it makes a smart choice for a dining room. To create an environment for calm, clear thought, consider blue for your office or study. For more ideas on how color impacts mood, read HGTV’s “How Color Plays With Your Emotions.”

We all need a pick-me-up every now and then. The next time you want to change your mood, consider changing the mood of our home. Whether simply redecorating your house or starting over with a blank canvas, these tips can help you create an environment that reflects the best part of yourself. And if you are looking to buy a home or refinance your current home, contact one of PrimeLending’s home loan experts to learn more about loan options that will put you in a great mood.

 

From the PrimeLending blog by special contributor Bailey McMahon