Could the choices you make in your home décor and furniture affect your emotions, your productivity, and even your health? A number of studies have found that our furnishings may be having a bigger impact on us than we realize.
You Don’t Need Mood Lighting to Affect Your Mood
Soft, warmer-coloured lighting is often used in expensive restaurants, and it’s no coincidence. Studies – including a study from the College of Humanities and Sciences in Nihon University in Japan – have found that warmer-hued dim lighting can enhance relaxation and perceptions of attractiveness. Softer pink lights in the living room, bedroom, and dining room may be a great home décor choice. Bright, cooler-colour lights can improve alertness and can give you the light you need for work, so stick with bright lights that mimic natural sunlight in your kitchen and home office.
Home Décor Affects More Than Just Your Home’s Look
The little decorative pieces you put in your home may be doing a lot more than just showing off your style – they could be affecting stress levels and your health. Dr. Roger S. Ulrich has published research about the impact of interior design on health. He claims that adding “positive elements” to a space can reduce stress and even promote health. For example, he thinks that adding natural elements such as plants and small water fountains can help provide a positive distraction that reduces stress. A few potted plants in your home — or a beautiful piece of art depicting a natural landscape — can look great and can help actually boost your mood.
Paint Your Life Brighter with Colour
Colour expert Kendra Van Wagner has written extensively about the ways that different hues can impact our home and our health. She points out that ancient cultures such as the Chinese and Ancient Egyptians used colour for healing. She and other researchers agree that some colours in our home décor impact our emotions and possibly our well-being:
- Red is a stimulating colour, increasing circulation and stimulating the mind
- Yellow is also stimulating, associated in ancient cultures with body purification and stimulation of the nerves
- Orange is traditionally seen as an energizing colour
- Blue is considered soothing and in traditional cultures is considered a healing colour, helping to soothe pain
- Neutral colours such as browns are thought to have a relaxing effect
The types of furniture you choose and the way you arrange your furniture can affect the flow of a room – and how you feel in your home. A study by Sibel S. Dazkir and Marilyn A. Read from Oregon State University, for example, found that furniture designed with flowing lines created feelings of relaxation and calm. Choosing softer pieces for your living room and more modern, angular pieces for your home office can help you get the feel you need from each room. Consider the emotions you feel when you look at your furniture. If the emotions are negative, it may be time to make some home décor changes.
Some research suggests that we spend as much as 90% of our time indoors. It’s no wonder that interiors affect our health and moods so much. In addition to making our homes as healthy as possible, it makes sense to make them as emotionally positive as possible. If you need help rethinking your home décor choices, visit Mojo Direct for ideas and furniture options for your home.