You spend a lot of time at home, and the form and function of your furniture and other home decor plays a big role in how you feel. Numerous scientific studies have shown that a room’s color, lighting and even the layout of furniture can affect your mood. Want to redecorate to maximize your good mood? Here are a few home decor tips that showcase how furniture affects mood:
An Appealing Layout To Brighten Your Mood
How the furniture in your room is laid out is one of the most important factors affecting your mood. While many people shop for a new home or apartment first, pick out paint colors second, and plan their new room’s layout third, the layout of your furniture in your room should actually be one of the first things you plan when moving or redecorating.
The function of your room is one factor in determining how to lay out furniture. After all, you will experience a home office much differently than a family room or den. Think about who will be using the room. Is it just meant for one or two people? If so, minimal seating may be appropriate.
If you plan to do a lot of entertaining in your living room, you will want to plan for seating that encourages conversation. A line of chairs or couches against one wall does not offer the opportunity for your guests to talk with each other, but a small grouping of chairs and love seats near a fireplace or a spacious sectional sofa could be just what you need to get the party started.
It is also important to consider how people will move through the room. Is there enough space to walk around furniture? Does the flow of the room make sense when you think about the daily activities that will take place in it? A poorly laid out room can create frustration and cause bad moods.
De-clutter & Create Focus For Your Space
Marie Kondo’s New York Times bestseller The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up has taken the world by storm in recent years, with her concept of keeping only things that “spark joy” in your home. Whether your de-cluttering methods are as meticulous as Kondo’s or you simply prefer a good purge every now and again, it is important to eliminate unneeded clutter in your home before rearranging and redecorating, otherwise, you will just be reorganizing objects that don’t make you feel good in your space.
A few statement pieces of furniture and minimal accessories can make a much bigger impact on your mood than a room filled with all varieties of miscellaneous furniture and trinkets.
When designing your room, pick a focal point or find a piece of statement furniture, like the four-piece Hunts Point Entertainment Wall by Parker House or a fabulous coffee table. Creating a place for the eye to focus in your room can minimize feelings of clutter and overwhelm.
When choosing furniture for your room, keep in mind the size of the room as well as the ceiling height. Furniture needs to be proportionate to the overall size of the room. Adding furniture that feels too big for the room can make it hard to move throughout the room and create feelings of claustrophobia. Using furniture that is too small in a large room with high ceilings can create a cavernous vibe, causing visitors to feel cold and unwelcome.
Keep In Mind Color Theory
It is widely accepted that color has a big impact on your mood. Fast food restaurants are known for using bright colors like orange and yellow and hard, plastic seats to keep customers moving in and out of the space quickly.
Here is a quick run-down of what the different colors are thought to represent and how they affect your mood:
Black is associated with power and authority. If you want to make a big, bold statement or evoke a feeling of elegance, luxury and drama, opt for black furniture.
Grey is a classic neutral, providing a calm and conservative feeling. Grey is perfect for a sleek and modern home office, and it can convey a feeling of openness.
Pink is typically associated with the feminine and is often found in little girls’ bedrooms. Brighter, bolder shades of pink can make a room feel modern and friendly.
Red is dramatic and dynamic. It evokes passion and drama, and candy-apple shades are also known to stimulate the appetite which is why they are often used in branding for restaurant chains. Red is often a great choice for accessories and small statement pieces, as it can be overpowering when used in large amounts.
Orange brings about a sense of energy and playfulness. This color feels friendly and positive, but much like red, in large doses it can become overwhelming. Paint just one wall orange, rather than the whole room, or use it for one focal piece of furniture.
Yellow is bright, happy and full of life. Yellow makes people think of sunlight, warmth and positivity. A pop of yellow can make a room feel joyous and fun.
Green is the color of nature, creating a relaxing, refreshing vibe in any room. In many cultures, green is also associated with wealth and growth and can lead to a positive outlook.
Blue in a room can offer a sense of harmony, trustworthiness and tranquility. You’ll find it in spaces ranging from corporate offices to day spas, as this shade creates a mood that is peaceful and calming.
Purple evokes creativity and has been traditionally associated with royalty. If you want to add an arty vibe to your room, opt for lighter, brighter shades of purple, or bring about a sense of luxury and wealth with deep eggplant tones.
When it comes to choosing wall colors, be sure to pick your paint colors after planning your room’s layout. First decide on your furniture and the mood you want your room to convey. It is much easier to find the perfect furniture first and choose a paint color that compliments it than vice versa.
Technology has made choosing a color palette easier than ever. While tools like Coolors and Adobe’s color generator were created primarily for crafting color schemes for web developers and graphic designers, they can be great for interior color palette ideas.
Bringing Nature Into Your Home
Lastly, anytime you can bring the great outdoors in, your mood is sure to improve. Studies have shown that children who receive adequate sunlight during their studies have better grades. Sunlight is also known to improve brain function in senior citizens.
Similarly, being able to view scenes of nature like trees and other greenery from your windows is shown to improve your ability to focus.
Whenever possible, utilize natural light throughout your home to improve your state of mind and increase productivity. If you live in an urban setting, try adding potted plants to your room or creating a windowsill garden to mimic the affects of the great outdoors.
Let Our Designers Help Improve Your Mood
If you need help finding the ideal furniture for your home in Atlanta, Georgia, visit the Custom Design Order Center at Woodstock Furniture & Mattress Outlet. There, you’ll find highly experienced and talented design consultants who can work with you to choose the perfect furniture for any room in your home.
Whether you’re moving into a new house and are looking to get off on the right foot, or you’re just ready to make a change and redecorate one or two rooms in your place, we’re glad to provide assistance. Stop by our furniture showrooms in Acworth or Dallas, GA to find the perfect fit for your home.