When you move into a new space or feel that it’s time to rearrange, it can be easy to focus only on the aesthetics of a room. However, a great way to really exercise some more creativity with a room and make it more functional overall is to decorate with happiness in mind. Decorate in an attempt to give yourself the best possible experience in every room of your house. The last thing you want is a cluttered, erratic looking room that feels small, confined, and barely usable. So, we’re going to go over some tips that will help you achieve a perfectly styled and practical room that fills you with happiness.
How Feng Shui Can Help You
You’ve probably heard of the term feng shui before, but maybe you aren’t quite sure how it can actually benefit a room. Well, feng shui is the practice of bringing balance into your home. The goal is to create rooms that allow you a lot of living and working space. If done properly, you should feel as though there is a perfect flow to your decor, that every piece is working together for a particular function, and that you have ample space to use it realistically.
To start, think about the color of your walls, furniture, and decor. Color plays a big part in feng shui, and it’s all about how the room makes you feel. Think about how you’re going to use the room and what colors will inspire you to work happily. From there you can create a color scheme that will help you more easily identify pieces of furniture and decor that work with what you’ve planned to go on the walls.
Another huge aspect of feng shui has to do with decluttering your living spaces. This doesn’t only apply to your living room, but to all rooms. Think about your bedroom and office and any other rooms in your home. You should think about systems of organization that will truly make your life as easy as possible. A system that promotes more clutter instead of a clear workspace and headspace is not an effective one. So, do some shopping around to find some great organizational pieces that work for what you’re trying to accomplish in each room. Your methods will likely look different in each space and that’s totally normal. There is no cookie cutter way to organize a home and honestly, that’s a good thing. It allows you much more creativity in the process. Have fun with it!
Make Sure Your Bedroom Actually Calms You
Now that you have some separate ideas about organization, inspirational colors, and functionality in mind for each room, let’s talk about an incredibly important room in your house that gets much less love than it deserves — the bedroom. Yes, you might have a big comfy bed and a few pieces of nice furniture, but for many of us, the bedroom is just an afterthought. We think of it as a place to rest our heads at the end of the day and not much else. It doesn’t have to be glamorous if it’s just the place we’re sleeping right? Wrong.
First and foremost, you may have heard the idea that most of us will spend about ⅓ of our lives sleeping, which is true. So, having the comfy bed is important, but you really should think about optimizing this room for maximum comfort and creating a room that encourages peaceful rest.
How much time do we spend in the bedroom?
Lots of Americans are using their bedrooms for so much more than just sleep. In one survey, about 130 people were asked how much time they spend in their bedroom. Fifty-seven people said that they spend at least the required ⅓ of their time. Fifty people said as much as possible. And 12 individuals answered, “and the reason to get out of bed is?”. As you can see, most people demand quite a lot out of their bedroom. This is often a place of relaxation, entertainment, and sometimes it doubles as an office. You watch TV in there in an attempt to relax and be entertained after a long day at work. You might even have a small desk in there so you’ll never be far away from your work. All of these things are great, but you shouldn’t forget the main purpose of this room. It’s so important to furnish and decorate your bedroom in a way that inspires comfort and sleep.
So, how do we do that?
Dissect your bedroom using all five senses. Think about what colors say “sleep” to you and start to paint and decorate accordingly. Make sure that when you get in bed, the feel of it gives you that nice, warm, sleepy feeling. What do you smell? Well, that’s something you should think about too. Maybe try out some aromatherapy with candles or a diffuser with scents that relax your mind. Lastly, make sure that you can say no to the TV when it’s time to rest. Perhaps adding a device that plays soft white noise or some other natural sounds can take your mind off of stressful thoughts and focus them on tranquility.
In my opinion, the most effective way to get what you want out of every room is to think about its basic function. What’s more, keep it organized, use colors that inspire you, and use all five of your senses to create an experience in each room that suits your needs. Your home should work for you, you shouldn’t have to work so hard to get your home to work practically. If you keep these ideas in mind, you can decorate your home with happiness in mind, which will inspire you to experience each room with joy every time you enter.
Avery T. Phillips is a freelance human being with too much to say. She loves nature and examining human interactions with the world. Comment or tweet her @a_taylorian with any questions or suggestions.
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