As moms, you know a thing or two about setting up house.
Home decor is no exception. Our choices in this area are often guided by preference and personal taste alone. Even then, you are left with space that’s uninviting or seldom used.
What if there was more beneath the surface of your decorating? What if you could influence emotion and spark positive changes, through intentional design?
You’ve heard of smart phones and smart TVs, right?
But what about “smart” spaces?
Psychologist Dr. Christian Jarrett recently inspired some serious changes to the way I approach design and decor for my home.
Adapting his insights, in a recent room makeover I converted our under-utilized home office to a family-friendly playroom and got unexpected results.
The best part?
It doesn’t have to break the bank.
Here are 5 home decorating tips and tricks to help you bring joy in the neglected rooms of your home. Guaranteed to produce the “look good, feel good” effect.
Embrace the Curves
We’re talking space image. Not body image here my friends.
When it comes to decor, curved is better than straight-edged.
A study by Oregon State University had 100+ students rate 4 digital interior settings.
The results were clear. Students felt the images with curved furniture were more pleasing and produced feelings of relaxation, peace and calm compared to settings with rectangular shaped furniture.
It doesn’t hurt that curves also minimizes banged up knees and foreheads.
Try adding a round table or circular mirror in your space and invite the tranquility that comes along with it.
Add Lollipops of Color
Want to know a design secret from the experts?
Adding color to a room is a cheap home decor tip that can radically transform the entire look and feel of a room.
Let’s be real. No kid chooses black, gray or beige lollipops. Yet neutrals and shades consistently dominate the interior design scene.
Time to clue in on what’s really going on behind the choice of candy.
Neuroscientist and artist Bevil Conway from Harvard Medical School thinks about color for a living. His 2014 study on the neural properties of emotion confirms that certain colors can stimulate strong feelings.
Take the below color guide for example.
It’s no wonder that professional designers use these emotional connections to match color schemes to corporate rooms, brands and websites.
It’s the adult version of choosing your lollipop. Certain colors provoke buying decisions and brand loyalty. Your preference for one over the other can have telling results.
The same can be said about your home.
Whether it’s a bold red lamp, multi-colored cushions or a yellow accent rug on the floor, adding bright colors to your space will make an enormous impact for very little investment.
Bring the Outdoors In
Adding a piece of mother nature to your room can also reap huge benefits. Plants not only help de-stress your space, but they purify the surrounding air.
NASA and the Associated Landscape Contractors of America (ALCA) found that certain indoor plants are best for removing toxic agents from the air.
Indoor plants have also been linked to positively impacting attention capacity.
Turns out choosing an indoor plant can bring life to the dormant space in your home and between your ears.
Don’t Mess with Messy Spaces
Before you start singing your version of the clean-up song, take note of the benefits that mess has on creativity.
According to psychologist and market research expert Kathleen Vohs:
Prior work has found that a clean setting leads people to do good things… we found, however, that you can get really valuable outcomes from being in a messy setting.
It gets better.
In one of her studies, participants were asked to come up with new uses for ping-pong balls. Some adults were placed in a clean setting and others in a messy one.
Being in a messy room led to something that firms, industries, and societies want more of: Creativity. Disorderly environments seem to inspire breaking free of tradition, which can produce fresh insights.
Take it from the experts. Next time you find yourself in a disorderly environment, don’t rush to clean up. Sit in the beauty of your mess and find the inspiration you need.
Make it Your Own
This one’s not rocket science. Allowing your family to provide their own unique touch will add immediate intrinsic value. They will feel affirmed and empowered each time they’re in the room.
Go ahead and unleash the inner-DIY’er within you.
Whatever the piece or project, invite collaboration from the littlest to the biggest in your home.
And that’s it.
Applying these 5 decor tricks to any neglected room in your house will make you look good and have your family feeling great.
Only you will know that the benefits go beyond what’s seen with the naked eye.
“Clap your hands if you feel like a room without a roof…”
Do you have any home decor tips that promote well-being? I’d love to learn from you. Leave me a comment below.