There’s no place like home, or so the saying goes. But sometimes it can be hard to cultivate a homey feel in your space. Maybe you have a room that no one, not even the cat spends time in. Maybe your den is pretty but doesn’t feel inviting. Maybe every time you shower in the second bathroom you feel cold. A cozy, welcoming “home” feeling is something that takes time and effort to create. The following will explore some of the ways you can make your home feel more inviting. The goal here is to have anyone who comes over feel right at home.
Learn About Colour Theory
Put aside all of your colour preferences for a moment and ignore all the trends for a second. Learn about the psychological impact that colours have. It turns out that painting your walls one colour over another can result in a big emotional difference for those who use the space. Learn the difference between warm and cool colours. Select paint colours accordingly. It’s important to remember that all big doses of colour have some impact, so it might be worth thinking about the colour of that big rug in the dining room, the bedspread, the curtains, and the sofa. All of these items will influence you and others in your home based on what colour they are. Believe it or not, that super trendy grey colour that’s all over Pinterest and Instagram actually promotes depressed feelings and fatigue.
Lighting Creates Ambience
Learning about how the light works in your space is crucial if you want to master the art of creating homey vibes. Begin by examining your natural light on a sunny day with all the lights off and the curtains or blinds open. Utilizing the natural light you have can be as simple as placing a mirror opposite your windows. Natural light improves our moods, balances our circadian rhythms, and boosts vitamin D levels. People know when a space is good for them and only then can they relax and enjoy themselves. Of course, you’re going to need to block out the light sometimes and it’s pretty easy to find materials that do this without invading your space and ruining the light when you don’t mind it being there. Something like roller blinds from blinds2go is ideal because they take up so little space in the window when they’re not in use. This way you can maximize your natural light when you want it.
Add As Many Plants As You Can Handle
Once upon a time, humans were surrounded by plants for most of their days. We’ve evolved to live symbiotically with these gorgeous green fauna so we can’t help but feel relaxed around them. Science backs this up as well. Plants clean the air of toxins, increase oxygen levels, boost mood, improve creativity, reduce stress and anxiety, reduce allergy symptoms, and increase productivity. That’s a lot of benefits for simply adding something pretty to your windowsill. Adding plants livens up any space.
Go with Natural Textures and Objects
Things like wood, stone, fur, wool, and linen can all add a warm inviting vibe to your space. If budget is a concern, this doesn’t mean you need new hardwood floors, this can be done in simpler smaller ways as well. Try out wooden coasters, a wool throw (knitted in a fisherman’s knot if you want extra cuddly vibes), or display rocks you picked up while on the beach. Finding ways to bring nature into your home is one of the fastest routes to making things feel welcoming. This is also something that could involve the whole family if you let it.
With the above tips kept in mind, you are well on your way to creating a homier atmosphere with your decor choices. In no time, you’ll have friends saying that they never want to leave. The ultimate take away point here is that if a space doesn’t feel good to be in, it’s not going to feel inviting or cozy or homey. Always take the time to research your decor choices and their impact on mental and emotional wellbeing before you make your choices.
As it turns out, our environment plays a much bigger part of our mental health than was previously understood. New studies are coming out in the field of environmental psychology every day that prove we need to pay attention to what we surround ourselves with if we want a healthy and happy home life. Educating ourselves has never been easier with the widespread information available online.
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