Let’s be honest, whatever our Pinterest boards would lead the world to believe we don’t all love decorating and DIY. If decorating is not really your thing, you can’t rely on the act of decorating itself to de-stress you and improve your mood, but have you considered the fact the results could have an impact on your wellbeing?
Putting our own stamp on our living space can help us do far more than show off design flair and DIY skills (or lack thereof) it can also influence how we feel and be a factor in our health. At the extreme end of the spectrum, a badly designed building can contribute to individuals developing ill building syndrome, though it will take a lot more than some wonky shelves and bad paper to leave you suffering symptoms such as fatigue, aches and pains. This post will talk you through the small changes you can make to your home’s interior to help you feel better on the inside, and all without the need to get into Feng Shui.
Let there be light
During the winter months in particular it’s crucial that your home setup allows you some contact with natural light. Too many modern buildings have limited light sources and research has found that people who work in rooms without natural light have fewer hours of good quality sleep. Apply this information in your home and while you may well want to employ the very valuable benefits of a blackout blind the bedroom, factoring in a good light allocation during the day may help you enjoy better rest at night. Poor sleep is one of the symptoms associated with Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), which is thought to affect around 20 per cent of the UK population with two per cent of sufferers experiencing debilitating symptoms.
Low mood is one the most reported symptoms of SAD, so sufferers often try to bring as much natural light into the home as possible. Sufferers are advised to carry out everyday tasks such as reading or watching TV while sitting by a window with blinds open. The idea is to access as much light as possible and to get outdoors where and when they can. To maximise the light in your home, think about fitting floor to ceiling windows. If you’re not a fan of modern PVC styles checkout Vufold’s classic oak bi-fold doors, which you can use externally or internally to improve the flow of light through your home. Many sufferers also choose to wake up using a dawn simulator alarm clock or to sit under SAD lamps while they eat their breakfast or watch TV. Exposure to the very specific type of light used in these gadgets helps to realign individual’s circadian rhythms, which are thought to be skewed by the fewer hours of daylight we get during the winter months.
There’s a whole area of alternative therapy based on the impact of colour on mood and it’s called, wait for it, colour therapy. However, you don’t need to be on board with the seven chakras of colour to use it to boost your wellbeing. Certain colours are well recognised to influence our mood in certain ways. We associate the colour red with feelings of anger or aggression. Yellow is often seen as a colour of positivity. It’s the colour of the sun and also of little smiley face emojis! Blues and green hues are considered to be calm colours. So, what does this all mean for your decorating? Well, if you’d like your bedroom to be a place of calm, you might be unwise to paint it red. But, If it’s a place of creativity, yellow could be a good choice as it’s said to wake us up, which may be useful if you find it tricky to get out of bed in the mornings. Take things one step further and your decorating scheme has even more potential to have a positive impact on your health. One scientific study found that diners ate less when placed in spaces painted blue. This is thought to be because we are naturally less inclined to eat blue foods. If you’re looking to shed a few pounds for health reasons, is it time to reach for a blue hue?
What are your priorities during decorating projects? Are you led by the trends, do you stick to your favourite colours and prints or would you be willing to try and improve your mood with the use of calculated colour and light in your next decor scheme?