Your home is where you spend most of your time relaxing, spending quality time with the people you love, and maybe now and then watch TV. But what we don't think of when it comes to our home is whether it's a “happy” environment. Not in a personal or an emotional sense, but is your home conducive to a relaxing atmosphere? A happy home isn't just about the people that inhabit it, the environment has a lot to do with it. Whether you believe in Feng Shui or not, the ideas behind it does make a valid point, your home needs to have a bit of harmony for you to feel properly relaxed. So, what can you do to make your home a happy one?
Create Enough Space
There is nothing worse than when you are tripping over each other in such a small space, it can feel very claustrophobic, and does little to relax you. In this respect, you are best to re-organize your house from top to bottom and find better places for your couch, your TV, or any of your bulky items that can be physically moved. If you are in the unenviable position of moving house, you are actually at a wondrous advantage because you can spend some proper time thinking about this. A lot of people don't though! They tend to move the items in, and then worry about reorganizing later, which never happens because there's no room! An area like the family bathroom is usually a dumping ground for odds and ends if there's no space in the rest of the house, and you should think about the bathroom as the most relaxing room in the house. After all, it's where you go for a bath to relax and unwind, so it's important to make that room as calming as possible. Your bath should be a nice, deep one, and there are freestanding copper or concrete bathtubs that are deep but don't take up that much space like a long bathtub would. Modernizing your bathroom is usually a priority, but you need to make it relaxing first and foremost. So think about this, and the next point, not just for your bathroom, but for the whole house…
Relaxing The Senses
All of your five senses need to be positively simulated. Think about every sense and if your home is positively contributing to them, so, for example, you may want to start thinking about positive smells in your home. A nice, simple way is to invest in a few scented candles. Beware with scented candles, some cheap brands don't smell that appealing after a certain amount of time. There are some great brands like Yankee Candle that has different scents for different moods, and the best thing to do is to mix it up, so you don't get used to one specific scent. Does your home have nice thick walls, or are they so thin that everyone can hear what you're talking about all the time? There's nothing worse than trying to go to sleep if you've got a distant noise of someone shouting in the background, so replacing your thin walls with thicker material, or even by introducing some sound absorbing materials, like thick curtains, will appease the senses in this sense.
It's True: Color Does Affect Your Mood!
Does your house have a lot of cold colors, warm colors, or a mixture of both? The best thing to think about is what colors suit your temperament? If you find yourself stressed a lot, reds and browns are not a good idea. You are better to use colors that are more neutral, such as whites and blues, but be careful with white because it can be somewhat overwhelming and sterile, especially if you have it in every room of your house. And you need to think about the best types of colors for your bedroom so you can start to unwind as soon as you get into bed, and this also means that there should be no electronic devices in your bedroom!
Have A Clear-Out
Much like we sleep to give our brain a clear-out, your home can always benefit from decluttering on a semi-regular basis. Once or twice a year is recommended; if there are things you haven't used within a year, such as clothes, then give them away. Physical clutter will only bog you down, much like when you can't get something out of your head. So let it go.
A happy home is a happy environment, and a happy environment is great for everyone. Think about this in terms of your home, is it making you as happy as you could be? So look at these keys to a happy home and have a little reassessment of your frame of mind and your living space.