While we may not realize it very often, our surroundings greatly impact our mental health and overall wellbeing. This is why a lot of workplaces are designed to aid mental health and boost productivity.
But since a lot of us spend a significant amount of time at home too, our homes need to be spaces that make us feel at peace the second we walk through the front door. This essentially means creating a space you can fall in love with daily.
Needless to say, this isn’t easy, but it’s not impossible either. All you really need is some thoughtful home upgrades like new French patio doors and beautiful steel windows, perhaps?
Here are the home upgrades we suggest, along with more information on how they help your mental health.
Choose A Calmer Color PaletteA lot of people believe that brighter colors like red or hot pink or neon colors are more cheerful and therefore may want to incorporate these into their home decor. But while these colors may look great at first glance, they tend to increase anxiety levels gradually.
So instead, it might be better to use pastels that include lighter shades of blue, green, and lavender. If you’re unsure how to go about this, we suggest keeping the walls and floor white or cream-colored, with black windows and doors, and adding color through furniture and fittings. This will help keep everything balanced color-wise.
Go For Softer Geometry
When we’re typically buying furniture or any other home decor items, we look at colors and sometimes the size of an item, but not really at the shape. Well, if you care about your mental health, you need to consider the shapes you’re choosing.
Generally, softer edges like those of couches with circular backs, egg chairs, round floor rugs, and French doors with arched tops have a calming effect on the brain. In fact, items with curvy lines are generally more charming to look at and help make interiors appear more welcoming and homier.
If you’re unsure how to go about this, you can start with custom doors and windows with arched tops and simple decor and accessories like circular mirrors and round cushions.
Choose Clean Designs To Clear Visual Clutter
When it comes to surroundings and mental health, our sense of sight plays a crucial role. Everything that falls in our range of vision has either a positive or a negative impact on the brain. Ideally, you want the brain to deal with as little as possible. This is primarily why; the concept of minimalistic homes is becoming so popular.
But just decluttering isn’t enough. Your home needs to have a minimalistic design as well. So, we suggest fewer patterns, more solid colors, and large, open spaces.
You can create these with room dividers and bifold doors with clear glass instead of interior walls that obstruct the view and make one feel suffocated.
Create Self-Care Zones
Every time you walk through your front door, you probably feel the comfort that usually comes from being in familiar surroundings. But that doesn’t necessarily mean one can’t feel stressed or anxious at home.
This is why it might be a good idea to create self-care zones or healing spots for yourself within the house. All you need in this space is some light, scented candles, a bookshelf of your favorite books, and anything else that brings you peace. This can be the window seat near your favorite steel window, or right by the patio doors where you can read while connecting with nature.
Light It All Up
One home upgrade that isn’t talked about enough is great lighting. Lighting can have a huge impact on your mood. Dull and dark rooms are suffocating and depressing, while brighter rooms make you feel more relaxed, free, and even cheerful.
What we suggest is that you layer your lighting to make sure there are no dark corners in your home. Also, make sure that every room has at least one large steel window or exterior door with glass that lets in plenty of sunlight.
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