The layout and design of your home can have a big impact on your mood. Things like colors, textures, and style can alter the environment of your living space and create different feelings. Below, we will discuss some ways you can influence your mood positively through interior design.
First impressions are very important, so bear this in mind when decorating your home. Your first impression when you walk through the door can heavily influence your mood, so entryways are a great opportunity to create a space and mood that you want to feel. Try walking through your home and thinking if it is helping you feel the kind of mood that you would like to feel.
Feng Shui is the ancient Chinese philosophy that emphasizes peace and harmony among the elements. It can be hard to fully follow feng shui in modern society; however, incorporating some of the ideas can positively impact your mood. One of the principles of feng shui is the idea that imitating nature and the outdoors in your home will help to put you in a good mood and improve your quality of life and health.
One of the crucial elements of feng shui is reducing clutter. The less clutter around, the more peaceful and positive energy a home has since it allows space for a flow of energy. To encourage a sense of peace and harmony, rearrange your furniture so that it is easy to move around your home. It’s particularly important to keep the entryway clear and clean, so that it is inviting. Having an inviting entryway into each room can affect your mood positively each time you go in. If you feel cramped and a space feels cluttered, it can make you feel stuck and uncomfortable and can result in a generally low mood.
Mood colors and the belief that each color can reflect and affect our mood have been considered for a long time. One of the crucial ways the interior design in your home can influence how you feel is through mood colors.
Neutral colors are the best place to start. Neutral colors, in particular any shade of brown, can be very grounding. They remind us of nature, of tree trunks and soil. Browns work great in homes that are closer to nature but are even more crucial in city homes for people who want to feel connected to nature in some way.
White symbolizes purity, cleanliness, and brightness. It can open a space and helps to brighten rooms by reflecting light. However, too much white can feel a bit clinical and unsettling. You may want to neutralize it with some off-white tones and accent colors.
Warmer colors, such as reds, oranges, and pinks, can energize your home. These work well as accent colors. Yellow is a bright and joyful color that can encourage us to feel happier. Red is a particularly passionate color, which we often associate with fire and love. It also represents good fortune. If you want to incorporate warmer colors without having something so bold, consider a muted red like terracotta or warm orange.
Greens, blues, and purples are colder mood colors. They can encourage us to relax, reminding us of seas and rivers, and plants and trees. However, some blues can reflect sadness, so you may want to avoid darker blues.
Some things may look good in interior design, but they may not feel comfortable or practical. When something feels uncomfortable, it can negatively impact our mood. Comfort can create feelings of calm, belonging, and reassurance. This is why comfort is one of the easiest ways to encourage a more positive mood in interior design.
Soft fabrics can contribute to making a home feel more comfortable. Using fabrics that are pleasant to touch for your bedding, curtains, cushions, and other soft furnishings can improve the level of comfort.
Similarly, soft lighting can contribute to a comfortable home. Using plenty of lamps and warm LED lights will create a more comforting effect, which can make your mood more relaxed and pleasant. Perhaps, if you work from home, you may want an area with brighter lighting; this may help encourage a work mindset.
Ergonomic designs can positively affect our mood, too; from mugs that are nice to hold, to supportive chairs, to a pillow that helps provide a great night’s sleep.
Space is associated with peace and calm. If your home feels and appears to be spacious, it can encourage these positive moods.
Since clutter can make us feel anxious, you’ll probably benefit from thinking about interior design tips to avoid clutter. A clean and uncluttered home helps to create the illusion of space. Lighting can also influence the illusion of space, so think about bright and light colors and ways of maximizing natural light.
Contrastingly, too much space can create a lonely feeling, which you may want to avoid. Incorporating themes is a great way of having a minimalist feel while still having character.
As well as the elements listed above, thinking about how to make your home reflect your unique character and personality is important. It’s important to feel like you can be your true self in your home, and many people need their homes to reflect and encourage this.
If you like plants and nature, you may want to decorate with houseplants. If you like music, think about how you can make music one of the focuses of your home – a good hi-fi sound system or having your instruments out. You may want to display some sentimental items or photographs so that you can remember your favorite people and memories.
All these elements can affect your mood from the moment you walk into your home to the moment you leave. It’s worth considering how you want to feel in your home and what your priorities are. If you want to feel a sense of peace and calm, you can think about how to incorporate that into your interior design. Similarly, if you want to feel stimulated and excited, you could think about how you can do this through design. We hope this guide helps you create the mood you want in your Village House home!