Many times, when I post something new that I’ve done around our house, people respond to me in excitement and then disappointment. Excitement because they like what I did, and disappointment because they want to replicate it, or do something else in their home, and they just don’t know how to get the results they’re dreaming of.
Trust me, I know the feeling! I’m NOT an interior designer! I have no training at all along those lines! If there are 3 hard and firm rules of decorating, I sure don’t know them! But I stick close to the folks who DO, and I try to learn as much as I can from them, and apply it in my own way. So when Katleen Brown contacted me regarding a post full of ways to refresh the home, I knew it needed to be shared with all of you!
A serene home is what most people long for. After a tiring day at work, you want to go home and have a moment of relaxation without disturbance from the outside world. Wendy Wonder once said, “The magic thing about home is that it feels good to leave and feels even better to come back.” This is, by all means, true. However, this will only happen if you are going back to a clean, tranquil environment; otherwise, you won’t be eager to go home. Something else that often happens is that we get so used to a certain environment that it no longer offers the satisfaction it once used to. That is why you need to refresh your home once in a while. Below, we look at ideas you can incorporate in your home, that will make it feel new and refreshed once again. They include:
- Rethink the Colors
Most times, the colors in our homes are influenced by our tastes and preferences. However, it is not always that we choose the right colors. Psychologists say that certain shades trigger emotional responses in people. That is to say that some colors will make your home feel peaceful while others will make it a bit chaotic. The different shades of color gray, for example, have been seen to make the house look more spacious. On the other hand, soft blues and greens colors have been shown to be more relaxing. Don’t forget to refresh and choose light colors for the curtains.
- Rearrange the Furniture
In life, it’s the little things that make the whole world of difference. Before you go ahead and buy unnecessary things in a bid to make your home livelier, you may need to reconsider the arrangement of your furnishings. According to Joseph Ferrari, Ph.D., a professor of psychology at DePaul University, the kitchen is a great place to start. Eco-friendly home decor ideas for this include a refresh by repainting the cabinets and using attractive knobs, rather than having new ones altogether.
- Bring Nature into the House
Amy Wood, a psychologist, says that the smell of nature has the ability to boost the mood of a person. Since you can’t afford to spend every other minute outdoors, the only option is to refresh by bringing nature into your home. However, this does not necessarily mean that you need to bring all sorts of flowers inside the house; far from it. Small things like nature paintings can transform the look and feel of your home more than you have ever imagined. Natural objects such as nature carvings and sea shells can also achieve the same effect.
- Allow Light to Flow In
Light is important as far as creating a serene environment is concerned. It affects your mood to some extent, according to Wood. During the day, allow the sunshine to flow in. On cold days and nights, opt for natural lighting rather than fluorescent lighting. The latter has been shown to trigger anxiety and depression. Note that various lighting schemes will work for different parts of the house. To start with, dimmers work well in the living room while bright lights will be perfect for the kitchen. A mirror in the living room also brightens the space.
- Don’t Forget the Front Door
Your front door is the first thing you (or anybody else as a matter of fact) see in your home. If it looks dull then don’t expect your mood to be any better. Consider changing the look of the knob and the color of the door. Make the surroundings of your home lively. Have some flowers grow around and ensure the lawn is mowed often. If possible, have a custom doormat to welcome you and your visitors. This is one of the home décor trends for spring.
- Keep Only the Things that are Necessary and Important
Get rid of unnecessary furnishings in the house to create more space. It is normal for one to feel the urge to hold onto things unnecessary things. If something reminds you of a mistake you made in the past, get rid of it. If you are holding onto it out of guilt and the need to impress people, go ahead and move it away. Such clutter, you don’t need.
Refreshing your home doesn’t have to be expensive. As we have seen, you only need to rethink most of the things in the house from their color, location and necessity. Don’t forget other small things such as the pattern on your tablecloths, paintings on the walls, etc. Ensure you always have the necessary equipment’s for your home maintenance such as furniture polish, leather polish (for leather furniture), wood oil, etc.
Above all, enjoy moments spent in your home; it is where love and dreams reside.
Katleen Brown is a health, beauty and fitness writer. She loves to publish her articles on various health related websites. In her spare time, likes to do research to bring awareness. She follows Consumer Health Digest. Recognizing the unity of body, mind, and outlook, she helps empower women to tune into their innate & inner wisdom to transform their health and truly flourish. Get in touch with her onGoogle+, Pinterest and Twitter.
Thank you, Katleen! I totally love her thought at the end: If you are holding onto it out of guilt and the need to impress people, go ahead and move it away. Such clutter, you don’t need. I never thought of it that way before, but it’s SO true! I’ll have to look around my home to see if I see anything that fits the bill. How about you?
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