Right now I'm sitting at my desk situated next to a window in my living room. The sunlight is important to me so I make sure to have as much as possible while working. The rest of my living room is decorated in a way that tells about me with quotes like, "life is a journey not a destination." There's about 10 plants around the room, and a purple (my favorite color) power wall where my TV is.
The point is, our home is our safe haven. Everyone's home is different, and that is cool. Maybe decorating is something that you've put a lot of thought into or maybe your decorating is a little bit of this and that from gifts, or maybe someone else in the house decorates. Whatever the case, your environment impacts your day to day feelings and activities whether you realize it or not. Here's 3 tips to help you be more conscious of what's in your space.
1. What's your sun meter? When the sun shines on your skin do you feel a burst of energy? When the rays of light hit the walls in your home do you glow inside? If so then you might want to put a lot of thought into how you decorate your windows. There's always the option of no curtains, the risk is making things look too bland. A nice option is roman shades. These give you privacy at night, and full sun during the day while adding style. The downside is putting them up and down everyday. Best part- you can make them yourself! Learn how to do it here. Not into sewing? there's no sew options also!
If you like your place lit dimly then curtains are your best friend. The good news is that layering curtains is in style. Check out how it's done here. Often this works best for a large window in your home, but you can do it for any of them. Go for long curtains for a nicer look.
2. What colors make you happy? Forget what everyone else says, this is your home right? Painting is common so don't feel like just because you painted the walls a color it has to stay that way the entire time you live there. Psychology of color is important to consider when deciding what color to put where. Purple sparks creativity so that's why I put it in the room I use during the day, rather than my bedroom where I'm trying to relax my mind to get to sleep. I think it's time to kiss those white walls goodbye!
3. What's there that shouldn't be? Too many things would be the answer for most of us. It's great to have some art and decorations on the walls so choose wisely and don't over do it. Think about how the things you choose impact you emotionally. It should only be positive, let go of anything you're clinging to. The same idea goes for any knick knacks and items sitting on your furniture. Clutter creates stress and anxiety in our lives so get rid of it. Limit the amount of holiday decorations on display. Have an organization system- somewhere to put the papers, shoes, kids items. If you can stick to a system and put everything where it belongs you won't spend hours cleaning the house- thank god! No one has time for that anymore.
Use these tips to bring your sacred space to a better place!
Jessica Walsh is a graduate of Penn State University with a minor in English. While in college she contributed to the literary journal, newspaper and yearbook. She was a journalist for Voices and BCTV.org. She continues to write her own blog as well as stories and articles.
Blog writer Jessica Walsh is a graduate of Penn State University with a minor in English. While in college she contributed to the literary journal, newspaper and yearbook. She was a journalist for Voices and BCTV.org. She continues to write her own blog as well as stories and articles.