We spend most of our time in our living rooms and bedrooms, which can have a strong effect on us – on our mood, behavior and feelings. This is the reason why we should do everything we can to make these spaces extremely comfortable for us, as many studies revealed that the interior of our home can significantly affect our mental health and our overall mood. But how is this possible? And even if it is, what can we do to change this and make the interior of our own home a better and more positive place to live in? Take a look.
Seating arrangements & lighting
If you’re not very sociable (but want to be) and you have a feeling that people are simply not socializing a lot in your home, then you should start thinking about the way you arranged your furniture. Even though it might sound unusual, the seating arrangements can highly affect the level of socialization in our homes. For example, if you place the couch against the wall, your guests will feel discouraged to communicate, while if you group your chairs facing each other in a more intimate way, the outcome will be totally different. Moreover, bear in mind that the lighting can also play a significant role in our mental health and overall mood. The most important thing is to have a lot of natural light so that you feel comfortable in your own home. Nobody likes living in a cave, and if you have to spend a day in dim lighting, it will definitely affect your mental health as you will be blue most of the time. So, if you want to feel less depressed in your own living room or office, make sure to have many windows and as much natural light as possible.
Even though many people state that a window view of a meadow or a forest might cause a lack of concentration (as you will mostly focus on what’s outside), it’s the opposite of that that’s true. The chances of having a meadow in front of your house are not very high, so it’s your task to make your home a bit greener and have that nature feel. The first thing that you need to do is keep the air in your home fresh, and if possible, smell like flowers or trees. Luckily, there are things such as the great Reed diffuser that can help you achieve just that. Moreover, make sure to include a lot of plants in your interior to give that smell a visual companion. Replenish all of your corners with a plant, flowers or foliage. And even though having a plant means watering it and making sure it doesn’t die, there are many great artificial examples that you can use which look extremely realistic. It’s definitely something that you should take into consideration, especially due to the fact that the nature-like feel in your home or office will constantly keep you in a better mood.
We discussed how to arrange your furniture in your home (or office), but what about what kind of furniture you should choose? Since this is your own space and you want it to be most comfortable for you, choose pieces of furniture that reflect your own personal style and space. We never feel nice when we find ourselves in a room where the furniture is not comfortable or to our liking, and it would be catastrophic if that was the space we spend most of our time in. That’s why we should always opt for bright colors to keep our mind open, as well as soft edges. There are several studies that suggest that pieces of furniture with sharp corners can be perceived as potential dangers and thus, we don’t feel safe in the comfort of our own home.
Lastly, it’s the color of our space that probably has the biggest effect on our mood and mental health. Ever since Jonathan Wolfgang von Goethe and his book Theory of Colors, many psychologists and interior designers pay attention to the way colors affect our life. For example, if you want a more intimate atmosphere that will encourage passion, you should go with red. If your desire is to be happier and more creative, choose yellow. On the contrary, if you want to feel more powerful and important, you can go with black details that will give you this feeling. There are many colors to choose from, and it’s crucial that you choose the right one for you as the overall color of your space will make or break your mental health and mood.
According to many people, you should also consult the Feng Shui practitioners in order to make your space more living-friendly. Even though this might be true to some extent, the most important thing that you can do for yourself and your mental health is keep your interior just the way you want it and include colors that suit you.
Contributing Author: Claire Hastings is Australian designer, writer and regular contributor at ripped.me. She’s been writing as long as she can remember, and she is very passionate about fashion, running, other cultures, and her cat. Social media links: facebook, twitter