Prioritising personal interior style is becoming as important as personal fashion - a way of expressing yourself and positively impacting your mood. In this age of hectic, fast paced technology driven environments, we are starting to focus on creating relaxing sanctuaries to escape to within our homes.
Life is hectic and of course, I know I'm not alone on this one. With the growth of personal technology mobiles and iPads, we've enabled work to blend with home life more and more. Not only that, even during down time we are looking to our screens more and more making it hard to catch a break from a constant flow of information, which so often contributes to a feelings of burn-out and exhaustion. We've all been there.
In fact, even with the incredible opportunities technology has gifted me in growing Minted, I often dream of the once a year holiday where I consciously decide to put away my Mac Book and switch off my iPhone for that elusive technology free down time. So in between those tech free holiday moments, what can we do in our own homes to create a sense of calm and relaxation, while happily integrating personal technology into our home lives?
As a Designer I get to hear the personal accounts of clients who say their lifestyle has been transformed by their interior makeover. Calming, harmonious and well designed interiors have brought joy, peace and easy living to their day-to-day family home lives. We know the impact a beautiful interior can have on our lifestyles, yet sometimes we still find it hard to prioritise our interior projects.
Ever noticed how colour, light, style and layout of a space can change your mood? A cluttered, dark space can make you feel chaotic and exhausted, while the same space transformed into a light, bright and airy room, with just the right selection of colours, furniture and décor can make you feel at peace and relaxed? You’re not alone.
The Association for Psychological Science support the theory that beautiful spaces can have a positive impact on your mood, recently publishing survey findings demonstrating that certain rooms can influence your emotions. Beautiful surroundings can have a positive impact on our psyche, making us feel happy and less stressed.
Not only that, we all know that our emotional state has an impact on our effectiveness in completing tasks. Or, in other words - when you are happier and less stressed, most things you do are easier and your general state is more relaxed. This argument has been highlighted by design theorists and psychologists many times over, throughout recent history - my clients and I can relate! I know if I'm feeling creatively stifled, sometimes I just need to clean out my linen cupboard / clear that mess / update that dated piece of furniture, that's been bugging me for a while, to find my peace and creativity again. Better yet, a full room or home makeover.
All of this scientific material is very reassuring when it comes to considering an interior overhaul, however the most convincing testimonial is our own personal experience. Most of us have been lucky enough in our lifetime to walk into a beautiful interior - an interior that has inspired a feeling - calmness, energy, excitement, resolve; and of course the opposite - unsightly interiors that evoke uneasiness, tension or a feeling of drabness. I think most of us can relate to this, it's just that many of us don't go that next step further to consider how updating our interiors would have a significant impact on our lifestyle and happiness, contributing to our overall wellbeing.
Room revamp justified.
So, short of hiring a Designer, how can you reduce your stress and frustration levels, improve your ability to get things done, and heighten your feelings of happiness right now?
1. LET THE LIGHT SHINE IN - natural light can be the difference between a dull, depressing space and a stunningly beautiful, harmonious space. Maximise opportunities for natural light in your home by changing your window treatments, perhaps installing a sky light, using mirrors to reflect light, or painting your walls a crisp light colour.
2. IMPROVE VENTILATION - let the breeze move through your home for that burst of fresh energy you need. Air flow can significantly enhance your mood, so avoid those stuffy oppressive feelings of claustrophobia by opening your windows or perhaps considering French doors in your new build.
3. REDUCE CLUTTER - clutter can weigh down your head space and make you feel agitated and uneasy. Look around your home and eliminate anything that is not meaningful, beautiful or useful. You'll be surprised at how many items fall into this category and what a difference it makes to be rid of them.
4. CHOOSE LESS PIECES YOU LOVE MORE - be smart about the the furniture pieces and decor your select. Don't over spend on poor quality items that fall into a particular style category - such as coastal - just because you like that style. Select fewer higher quality, beautiful pieces that contribute positively to your lifestyle and fit within your preferred style. This approach will lead you to create an interior that suits your day to day needs and makes you feel content and at peace.
5. INCORPORATE NATURAL BEAUTY - don't underestimate the power of natural beauty in your interior. Bring the outside in with greenery and or vases of foliage and flowers. Place them in places you regularly walk past. They contribute to air quality, soften a space and can enhance your chosen interior style - a sure fire way of making you feel good.
If you want to improve your lifestyle even further, seek professional advice. If you're time poor and would like some help creating a professionally finished magazine worthy space, or perhaps just a little guidance with something as simple as updating a few furniture pieces - email me - I can give you access to discounts on beautiful designer furniture and pull together an interior selection, that suits your personal style, enhances your lifestyle and even improves the mood of you and your family. I would love to work with you.
In the meantime, has a beautiful surrounding impacted your mood or a recent interior makeover changed your lifestyle and happiness? I would love to hear more about your experiences below in the comments..