Remember the day you moved into your own space for the first time? The walls and shelves are empty, corners that can be the coziest spots but there is something that’s missing, the carpets smell of soap from the cleaners you overpaid to shampoo it, but the whole place looks like a promise – the promise of happy times to come and perhaps a few too many late nights binging Netflix on your hand-me-down couch. After a while, you hang some photos, throw in quirky cushions, put together end tables, add that antique piece of furniture or art that was your grandmas and order monogrammed cutting board to display in your kitchen. Before you know it, walking into your home makes you smile. You are reminded of memories with loved ones when you pass by their photo, the sight of the new upholstering on your hand-me-down couch makes you feel a little fancy and in general, there’s a place for everything and everything in its place.
This process matters because the way we decorate our home is our opportunity to create the kind of space we enjoy working in and creating memories with our loved ones, and it says a lot about our individual personality. Are you an extrovert, arranging as many chairs as you can so you can bring all your people together or an introvert designing the perfect reading nook? Everything from your choice of colours to the number of throw pillows you put on the sofa is an opportunity to create an environment where you and your loved ones will thrive and to make your mark. Incorporating cohesive colour schemes can transform your wellness space dramatically. Different colours spark different types of emotions like “relaxed” or “energized,” so it’s important to consider what vibe or mood you are encouraging when choosing paint colours. If you have smaller spaces to maximize you should stick with lighter more neutral colours to make the space, feel bigger and brighter.
An extremely important step to complete the home interior design of your dreams is to add the perfect decor to accentuate your existing design elements. No interior is complete without the matching art and decor. Decor can go a long way, and is a great investment when it comes to timeless, unique pieces. Even the simplest furnishings and finishes can be elevated with the help of strategically fused and placed décor and can transform your home into the best possible version of itself.
Beyond expressing ourselves, home décor can affect us physically. Do you light a scented candle while working in your home office to set the mood for a productive day or keep a lavender-scented sachet with your sheets so that they smell like bedtime? In an article for Scientific American, Rachel S. Herz, an assistant professor of psychology at Brown University, states that scents can affect mood and productivity based on associative learning. For example, people who worked in the presence of a pleasant-smelling air freshener reported higher self-efficacy, set higher goals, and were more likely to employ efficient work strategies than participants who worked in a no-odor condition.
Home décor is important because it can affect everything from our self-perception to our confidence and productivity. So, go ahead, buy that new throw pillow or piece of art if it makes you happy. You’re not treating yourself, you’re creating an environment in which you can be the best version of yourself!