If you feel like your home has been making you more tired and bored than your work, it’s time to make a few changes. By refreshing your home’s design, you’ll achieve a better and healthier atmosphere that will automatically make you feel great in your home. So, here are a few easy and quick ways you can refresh your home.
Color for a big effect
Colors have an amazing ability to affect our emotions and make us feel happier, more motivated and more focused, so splash a fresh coat of paint on your walls and watch the atmosphere change. Repaint and rejuvenate your home with fresh, luscious shades or yellow, blue and vibrant green. A new coat of paint is a cheap and effective way to make your home look and feel totally new. However, if you don’t feel like making a mess with by painting, use curtains, pillows, and accessories to add pops of color to your space and create a fresh atmosphere.
Let your fabrics breathe
Allow your space breathe with some soft and airy fabrics. For instance, take down your old drapes and replace them with airy chiffon or organza ones. Also, add some vigor with brightly colored pillows in floral patterns or opt for snowy white for ultimate freshness.
A home cluttered with bulky furniture or too many accessories and art pieces can feel a bit overwhelming. So, either rent a storage space or organize a yard sale to get rid of all the unnecessary clutter. Another great way to maximize storage is to invest in some double-duty furniture pieces with built-in storage.
Light it up
A home full of natural light is a home that feels healthy and happy, so let the sunshine in. Remove heavy drapes, trim your outdoor greenery blocking the windows and put up a few strategically placed mirrors that will reflect light and make the space brighter. Add a window seat for chill-out and sun-soaking sessions.
Use accessories to your advantage
Looking for a cheap and easy way to make your home feel fresh and new? Add some art to your walls! Think paintings or photos of sprawling landscapes, nature and smiling people.
Invest in air purifiers
Even though it’s a big thing, we often forget about indoor air pollution. Research shows that our indoor pollution is anywhere from five to one hundred times worse than the outdoor variety, yet we still neglect it. Indoor pollution can come from quite obvious sources such as cigarettes and burned food, but there are sources of pollution that are much sneakier. Carpets, paints, adhesives, insulation materials, cleaners, and furniture all release gasses that can be harmful to our health.
So, forbid smoking inside the house, make sure to vent your home while cooking, painting or installing new furniture or carpets and change furnace and AC filters regularly. However, the best way to achieve the optimal air quality in your home is to invest in a high-quality HEPA air purifier that is capable of removing 99% of all airborne particles.
Breathe some fresh air with indoor plants
Aside from air filters, plants can also help you achieve optimal air quality in your home. Many indoor plants clean out the air and reduce noise pollution. Additionally, they enrich your home with oxygen while connecting you with nature. All these benefits of plants serve to decrease stress, improve your mood, your productivity, and general well-being.
Don’t forget the curb appeal
Just like your indoor spaces, outdoor space can also be refreshed to achieve a brighter and healthier atmosphere. For instance, create a happy and fun entrance to your home by painting your front door a bright color and replace outdated hardware with some sleek and modern one.
So, invest some time and money in these changes and let your home make you feel happy, healthy and alive.
Catherine is a passionate home design consultant from Melbourne. She loves making homes beautiful and buildings sustainable, but she also likes sharing her advice and knowledge with people. That is why she is also a regular contributor to the Smoothdecorator blog. Besides all this, she loves reading and enjoys a superhero movie from time to time. Facebook Twitter