How to boost your mood with a style lift.
Thursday, April 9, 2020
As we spend more time at home, we may find ourselves looking around and imagining what our house could be. Here are four questions to ask yourself when you’re trying to decide how to redo a room.
1. How do you want to use the room?
The purpose of most rooms is usually flexible. You might be using a space as a living room, but could it be a playroom or a dining room instead? What about the spare bedroom? If you rarely have guests, does it make more sense for your lifestyle to turn it into an office, meditation room or home gym? Figure out what you want and what works best for your family, then you can start working out the details to make it happen.
2. What feeling do you want your room to inspire?
You can use your own personal style and the room’s purpose to guide you in setting a mood. Take that new meditation room you’re building in your mind, for example. You’ll want a space that inspires calm and relaxation. A new playroom for the kids might be more energetic and whimsical. What does “feeling at home” feel like to you?
3. What colors will help you create that feeling?
For a relaxing room – that meditation area or your bedroom, for instance – try blues and purples. Purple might not be the obvious first choice, but shades of lilac are thought to inspire peace. Similarly, brown promotes a sense of security and calm, perhaps because of its link to nature and the idea of being grounded.
4. What items will help you create that feeling?
Let psychology guide you here as well. Going back to that meditation room, candles with relaxing scents can help set the mood. So can photos of beaches or other nature scenes. If photos of your family make you feel at peace, surround yourself with those. Choose whatever plants and flowers, art or other tchotchkes that give you the vibe you want.
Don’t forget about your other senses. Sight is the easy one, and those scented candles will help. Consider smart speakers to play your favorite music and textiles that will scintillate your sense of touch as well.