5 Scientifically-Proven Ways to Make Your Home Feel Happier
Jul 10, 2017 // Interior Design //

Interior design is about more than aesthetics. You may not realize it, but the design of your home has a significant impact on how you feel each day.

We explain the science behind five simple ways to boost happiness and reduce stress through interior design.

Adjust Your Lighting

According to this study, the lighting and colours of a workplace influences how workers feel during their day. Rooms that were too dark brought down the moods of their occupants, but so did rooms with excessively bright lighting. The same goes for your home.

Lighting also has an impact on your circadian rhythm, AKA your sleep schedule. Blue light is known to keep you awake, while exposure to daylight can make you sleep better at night. Choosing the right fixtures and bulbs for each room will help you feel happier and more comfortable in your home.

Pick Up Some Plants

NASA’s Clean Air study from 1989 showed that plants provide detoxification benefits, removing toxic compounds (like paint and solvents) from the air. Even if you don’t have space for enough plants to truly detoxify your home, studies show plants make people feel like the air is cleaner, and introducing flowers into a room has an immediate positive impact on happiness.

Let in More Sunlight

This happiness hack comes from a study on the emotional state of office workers. The study found that the amount of sunlight entering a room has a significant effect on the mood of the people working there. This makes sense, as sunlight boosts serotonin levels, which helps to combat depression and improves your mood.

When you’re at home, try spending more time in a room with sun-facing windows. Roll up the blinds, push the curtains aside, and bask in the glow of the natural light.

Choose the Right Colours

Colour is subjective. Some of us like to embrace vibrant shades of green, red, yellow in our homes, while others are comfortable sticking to standard the HGTV-approved neutral tones. Regardless, different colours have different effects on your mood, especially when it comes to wall paint.

If you’re thinking of giving your home a makeover, don’t go straight to neutrals or pick trendy tones on a whim. Spend some time thinking about how you react to each colour first. You could also tap into nostalgia (the colour of your childhood bedroom, for example) to create a relaxing space.

Tidy Up

The simplest home happiness hack? Take some time to declutter and tidy your home. The more stuff you have crowding up your space, the more difficult it is to focus and relax.

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