Our homes should be the sanctuaries that we come to after a long day at the office, running errands, or just living life! However, we have a tendency to bring the “outside world” in and further complicate our lives and homes. So here are some easy tips on how to make your home a happier place in every room.
- Heavy curtains should be used in the bedroom to keep it dark in the early morning.
- Lavender plants are colorful and their fragrance evokes a sense of peace and relaxation. They’re great for freshening up a musty bedroom.
- Electronics can disrupt sleep patterns, so make sure they’re placed at least two feet from beds. Ideally, the bedroom should be electronic-free.
- The color blue has been proven to lower blood pressure and heart rate. It’s the perfect color for a bedroom.
- Make your bed! Research has shown that this simple habit is associated with higher productivity and greater levels of happiness
- Aloe-Vera is a great bathroom plant. It requires little sunlight and is a natural cure for skin irritations.
- Close the toilet lid! In Feng Shui, closing the toilet lid will stop the chi (energy) from escaping, as well as making the bathroom tidier.
- Natural light is the best for concentration. So make sure you have plenty of natural light sources from large windows or skylights. Not only will it help your concentration, it will improve your energy levels as well.
- The color purple is a bold yet elegant color. It is historically associated with creatively and wealth, making it ideal for a home office.
- Halogen bulbs mimic daylight, great for when there is little natural light, while tinted bulbs can create a warmer ambiance.
- Green is a refreshing color which promotes rest and recuperation, making it a great color for a soothing living room.
- Palms such as Reed and Areca are well suited to living rooms because they grow well in lowlight conditions.
- Yellow can suit kitchens perfectly because it creates a sunny, happy area where you can start your day. Feng Shui also teaches that the color yellow is good for digestion.
- Spider plants are great at removing poisonous gasses and other airborne impurities produced in the kitchen.
- A dimmer switch is a worthwhile investment in any room; it can help create either a relaxing or energizing atmosphere.
- Fresh air keeps rooms from getting stuffy and unhealthy, so open up those windows!
- Take 5 minutes to bring an untidy room back to normal before leaving it. This will boost your mood and counteract the stress of clutter.