“The light is what guides you home, the warmth is what keeps you there.” ~Ellie Rodriguez
One day I came home and just sat in my driveway for a while, wondering why I wasn’t happy about going inside my house. I wasn’t depressed, and I had a loving relationship with my family.
Even though I was married to the love of my life and just had a beautiful baby boy who I couldn’t wait to see every day after a long day of work, something about coming home was simply unpleasant, and it irked me that I wasn’t able to pinpoint it.
Every time I walked in the front door or roamed around my home, I’d find myself picking at little things, like the lighting and the colors on the wall. My gut told me that something was wrong with the interior look of the house, since we hadn’t touched it since we moved in.
“Why is it so dark in this room? Who likes this color anyway?” I’d ask.
I questioned whether that was really the cause, but when a student of mine began talking to me about Feng Shui after class one day, a light bulb went off, and I sought the help of a Feng Shui specialist.
The interior design of my home was affecting my mood.
How do you tell your wife that you feel weird about coming home and then blame it on the decoration? Worried that she might think it was a bigger issue, I sat her down and communicated my feelings.
“Honey, I really don’t know what it is. There’s something about walking through the front door that makes me feel uncomfortable. I think it’s something about the space.”
She said that she felt the same way and proceeded to talk about the discomfort of the living room, while I complained about the hallway and office. I felt much better knowing that I wasn’t crazy!
After that, we splurged on new paint and said goodbye to our ugly bare white walls and awkward furniture placement.
That’s when I started learning about how your physical space can affect your mood and life.
I want to share with you some key insights into home decoration and how it can make you more productive, happy, and peaceful.
The Importance of Colors
Colors can alter your mood. It’s important to play around with colors to find the right balance for you. Here’s a quick color to mood chart for reference:
Red: Passion, power, stimulation, and high energy. (Suggestions: dining room, bedroom, or upholstery)
Orange: Creativity, happiness, enthusiasm, and communication. (Suggestions: accenting, throw-overs, or pillows)
Yellow: Cheerfulness, light-heartedness, and mental stimulation. (Suggestions: kitchens, not bedrooms)
Green: Growth, harmony, nature, safety, peace, and healing (Suggestions: bedroom, bathroom, or office)
Blue: Trust, loyalty, confidence, faith (Suggestions: accents around the house and in bedroom)
Purple: Romance, luxury, nobility, wealth, spirituality, and motivation (Suggestions: bedroom)
Black: Power, independence (Suggestions: picture frames)
Brown: Stability, humility (Suggestions: living room)
White: Cleanliness, vibrancy (Use sparingly; too much white can feel cold)
Use this as a general reference and then play around. Look at a color, its various tones, and notice your mood. Have fun and mix and match. The idea is to use colors to your advantage instead of letting colors control you.
Furniture and Decor
Most people simply put everything against the wall when it comes to furniture placement. This creates negative energy and dead space.
Energy should always flow, so you don’t have to make everything so symmetrical all the time. Balance is more important than symmetry. The rule of thumb is to think outside the box and don’t decorate in the most obvious way. Mix furniture and decor with a wide range of variety, vintages, and textures.
When it comes to the decor and furniture, if you want more of a strong and independent look, incorporate circular, oval, and arched shapes along with granite, marble, and flagstone. Artwork and decor with metal, stone, brass, iron, copper, or gold is integral as well.
For leadership and creating a healthy emotional interaction between people, you should use artwork that involves sunshine or any form of natural illumination along with pyramids, cones, natural sunlight, feathers, silk, or wool.
For more order and sensuality, use furniture with squares, rectangles, ceramic, tile, and brick.
For creativity, intuition, and flexibility, integrate more wood, floral upholstery, wall coverings, drapes, pillars, and columns.
For a more relaxed and spiritual environment, integrate anything with water, crystals, glass, or mirrors.
It’s important not to overdo too much of any element. Use variety and balance.
Photos around the House
Another important aspect to decoration that many people overlook is photography. Make sure you have pictures of you, your partner, and family hung more prominently around the house than pictures of others.
It’s nice to walk in the hallway and see a photo of you and your partner smiling by the sunset on your last vacation. This will also create good vibes when guests come over and see your positive experiences in photos around the house.
Go get some inexpensive frames and start printing and hanging some of those awesome digital pictures you have sitting in your phone and computer.
The Power of Light
Light is one of the most important aspects when it comes to achieving harmony and balance. Skylights and windows are critical. Make sure your windows are never broken or dirty.
You can cover your windows with blinds or curtains. Blinds can be more affordable, depending on the material and you may opt for—paper, bamboo, wooden, or plastic. Curtains can provide more coziness and privacy.
The Importance of Sound and Silence
It’s important to pay attention to the sounds around your house and get rid of anything that is noisy or disturbing to you. Everything that has a frequency creates the sound in your house: the music you play, water from a fountain, appliances, voices, and laughter.
You can begin by making these changes:
- Play more calming and meditative music throughout the day.
- Add a fountain that recycles water to your room.
- Hang up a chime in the corner of a room or on the front porch.
The key is to add more of the sounds that bring joy to your life and remove the ones that bring any negative energy.
Using Scent to Uplift your Home Environment
One of the greatest senses we have is smell. Smell is like touching or tasting something from a distance. It’s a subtle thing that can have a huge impact on our mood.
Start lighting more candles, incense, and oils to produce pleasing smells throughout the day. You should also add more healthy blooming flowers like jasmine, violets, and gardenias throughout your home.
Items involving odor can appear expensive, but they’re well worth the value they bring to your day.
You don’t have to spend all your money on decoration. Less is more. Just start poking around. When you move into an apartment or home, the house is usually very cold and bare. Homeowners do this because they don’t want their own peculiar decoration to keep you from moving in, so they keep it neutral, but I urge you to play around.
Consider changing that same drab color lingering all over the place.
It’s time to take a close look at your space so that you can remove anything that brings negative energy, add things that bring you positive energy, and make your family feel more comfortable and happy around the house.
Remember, your home is your sanctuary.
Photo by Avi Venefica.