How your home affects your mood

March 7, 2016

Filed in: Design, Mindful

Your home isn’t just the place where you sleep and store your stuff – your home is an extension of who you are and what you stand for. And just as you influence it, it influences you.

Most of us recognise this intrinsically when it comes to other people’s spaces – you might walk into a friend’s house and suddenly feel quite trapped and claustrophobic, or perhaps you avoid a certain café because every time you go there the lighting makes you feel lethargic and depressed. You can sense that space is affecting you.

But because we’re there every day, we can become immune to the effect our own spaces have on us, so it can be a lot harder to identify how your home affects your mood and if it’s having a negative impact on you.

To discuss this further I thought I would pose some commonly asked questions and give my opinion on them.

‘How can I tell if my home has a positive or negative effect on me?’

My first thought with this question, is how do you feel when you walk into one of the spaces in your home?

If you feel any immediate reactions that are negative, then this is an instant indication of your ability to sense the energy and feel of a room.

Reading energy in a space is one of my all-time favourite things to do. I find I can immediately sense if space has a good energy vibe or not. Some of you may struggle with this, and that is also absolutely fine. You can be thankful that you have other amazing and unique talents.

‘I’d like to invite more positive energy into my home. What’s a simple way to do this?’

If you find you just cannot gauge whether a room has a positive or negative feel, then there are a couple of quick checks you could look at:

Look at how much light the room is getting, if the lighting is dull and has a stagnant feel, then you need to make this your No.1 starting point. Overhead lighting is a sure way to kill the ambience in a room. Introduce some table lamps, for low-level light. Make sure the windows are not covered up by heavy drapes.

Look at the layout of your furniture. Have you pushed your sofas up against the walls, preventing you from being able to get that light and airy feel?

Heavy looking furniture, can give that oppressive heavy feeling. If you have larger pieces, look at the colour of the upholstery as a way to introduce a lighter look and feel.

Adding a fresh bunch of flowers will bring an instant surge of positive energy into your room. This is my all-time favourite quick fix.

‘It’s not realistic for me to move or do any drastic renovations, how can I minimize the toxic effects of my home?’

I would first establish your budget.

Then I would have a look through the following checklist to ascertain which of the following if not all you can do:

☐ Paint out the interior walls in a light neutral colour

☐ If you have wooden skirting’s, architraves, windows and doors look at paintings these in a white high gloss.

☐ Takedown dated or dirty looking window coverings and go to your local retail furnishings store to find either some ready-made wooden Venetian blinds or neutral drapes. This will give your home that instant wow feel.

☐ If you are stuck with dated tiles in your bathrooms and kitchen, look at painting over these in white. There are some great products out there, which do not cost a fortune and will make your home look a lot brighter.

☐ Flooring can be a hard one. If you have old carpets or tiles you can do either of the following:

  • Remove the old carpets and replace with an inexpensive cheaper option in a colour that works for your home
  • Alternatively, I would take a trip to Ikea, and have a look at their laminate wooden floorboards. These are inexpensive, and easy to fit over existing flooring.

☐ Lastly, lighting can be updated fairly inexpensively with just ensuring you have the correct light bulbs. I would stay clear of fluorescent bulbs as they cast a harsh light. Invest in bulbs that look attractive and cast a warm glow. If your fittings were really ugly, and if your budget permits I would replace these with inexpensive simple fittings that have a more updated look and feel to them. Always stay with something that is simple and elegant where possible.


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