Your home should be a place where you feel relaxed, comfortable and safe. While you may have thought of it as just a place to sleep and eat, it can be so much more. There actually are physical and psychological benefits that come with decorating your home. Instead of filling it only with necessary furniture, you should add some decorations and personal touches. Here are a few ideas to get you started:
One of the easiest ways to decorate your apartment is to add houseplants and flowers. Plants affect the air and climate of your home through their natural processes, which in turn can improve your health. For example, plants release about 97 percent of the water they take in, which increases the humidity level in your home. You probably won’t notice much of a difference (unless you have a lot of plants), but the extra humidity can help prevent colds, dry skin, sore throats and other respiratory issues.
Plants also affect your mental sharpness and well-being. Having natural elements around can reduce stress and anxiety and help you feel calmer. A study carried out by Texas A&M also shows that plants can increase concentration, memory and accuracy in work. If you work or study from home, you should add plants to your office space to improve your performance.
Pick Your Color Palette
Different colors make you feel and act certain ways, according to color theory. This means you should pick your wall, furniture and accent colors carefully as you decorate your home. For example, you want your bedroom to feel calm and peaceful, so you should opt for shades of blue. Paint your walls a pale blue, pick out a blue bedspread or hang up blue curtains to help your space feel relaxing. In comparison, you may want to decorate your work space with shades of red to stimulate brain activity. Paint a red accent wall, or add red picture frames and other decorations to get your mind ready to work.
Personalize Your Space
Even though hanging up pictures can be a pain, they may help your mental health and boost your mood. A study from the University of Portsmouth found that people who look at old pictures of happy moments on Facebook are soothed and comforted. You can do the same thing around your home. Add a picture of your family on your nightstand, and hang up photos of your friends and childhood in your living room. Every time you see them, you will remember good times and feel happier. You also can add memorabilia, shadow boxes or mementos around the house to produce the same effect.
Keep it Simple
Although you want to decorate your apartment, you don’t want to go overboard. If you fill every space with knickknacks, pictures, candles, plants and who knows what else, you may lose some of the benefits you were trying to achieve. Clutter can affect your concentration and anxiety. If your home feels crowded, take some time to go through your stuff and keep only the items that are important to you. Strategically position flowers, pictures and decorations in places where they’re not in the way or distracting. You should be able to easily move through your living space and focus on the items that make you feel happy.