Make Your Home Happier: Tips to Create a Cheerful Space
A cheerful home is one that makes you feel happy, energetic and uplifted. If you feel like your home could use a little love, there are many easy and cost-effective ways to brighten the appearance, while cheering up your family in the process! From fresh coats of paint to sunny lighting schemes to lively window treatments, small changes can have a big impact. And some projects can be tackled in just one short weekend. Here are some simple tips to make your home cheerier and more inviting:
Brighten Things Up
One reason color is so important is because it has the powerful ability to change your mood. Liven up rooms by selecting a bright color scheme. Use colors that are associated with cheerfulness. Bright, sunny colors like orange, yellow, gold, apricot/peach, rose and blush are good options. Vibrant hues tend to lift our spirits the most because their intensity naturally produces energy. However, any color or color combination that is not considered routine can make us smile. White is also a good option. A bright white kitchen is definitely going to be a happy place in the home where everyone congregates. Remember, dark colors can absorb light and make rooms darker, so avoid those unless that’s the look you want to go for.
Let the Light In
To achieve a cheerful energy in any space, tap into as much natural light as you can.Large, open windows are ideal. Enable the light to pour in at all times during the day. By literally letting more light into your home, you can make your days more cheerful. Also, make sure to avoid anything too heavy by way of drapes or blinds. Try replacing heavy drapes or dark colored shades with translucent curtains or blinds. This way you let in natural light while keeping your privacy in place. Another trick is to make use of mirrors to bring reflection and brightness to the room. Mirrors reflect light and color to make a room feel cheerier.
Choose Happy Accents
Using striking colors and patterns can create a room that makes you smile. You can add warmth as well as color by layering on pillows and throws to accent favorite pieces of furniture. And something that you may not consider is that lighter woods and furnishings will make the room feel happier. Avoid dark furniture if you want a lighter, brighter room because it can tend to suck up energy and make the room feel darker as a whole. And an easy touch that anyone can do to instantly see an improvement is to add paintings or other artwork that have cheerful themes and lots of color.
Add Some Life:
Plants can bring a bit of the outdoors into your indoor space, which is always a good thing! Pleasant smelling and brightly colored flowers can work wonders in making the space livelier. A plant on the window above the sink, pink tulips in the bathroom or an indoor herb garden in the kitchen are some other suggestions.