Have you ever walked into a room and felt immediately at ease or uncomfortable? Our emotions and the way we feel can be strongly influenced by our surroundings. In fact, studies have shown that home décor can impact our emotions and mood in various ways.
Colour: Warm colours - red, orange, and yellow - evoke feelings of happiness and energy; while cool ones - blue, green and purple - create a sense of calm and relaxation. Choose colours that make you feel good and reflect the mood you want to create in a room. My home is dominated by green, especially darker hues, because it helps you feel rested, optimistic and secure.
Lighting: Bright, natural light helps us feel energised and productive; dimmer lighting or candles create a cosy atmosphere. Consider the type of lighting you want in each room and how it will make you feel - your kitchen will need more light than say, your lounge or bedroom.
Texture: If you're anything like me then you'll yearn for soft, plush textiles like velvet or faux fur to gibe you a sense of comfort and warmth. Equally, those who love all things modern will be more at home with smooth and sleek textures, like metal, marble or glass.
Clutter: We all know a cluttered and disorganised home can make us feel stressed and anxious; but family life just seems to come with a lot of stuff. My advice is create at least one space that is tidy and organised to promote a positive emotional environment. You can always shut the door on the mess!
Personal Touches: Adding items that hold sentimental value or bring you joy create a sense of happiness and nostalgia - and my home, filled with vintage treasures, is testament to this. Surround yourself with items that make you smile - lots of plants, favourite artwork, sentimental bits and bobs picked up on your travels - and you house will feel more like a home.