Create a home that energizes you

There’s no place like home. Until you’ve curled up in it for too long and the scene starts to feel stale and stagnant. And when I think about it, so do you. Apparently, embracing the vibe of your home is a real thing because your environment and the way you think are intertwined, according to Sally Augustin, PhD, an environmental psychologist who uses scientific research to help people design and decorate spaces, that increase well-being and performance.

In fact, she promises that if your space is weakening your spirit, you can easily reverse this situation with a few simple design moves. “Creating happy energy in your home starts with creating a calm, soothing atmosphere. Of course, that seems counterintuitive, but here’s why it’s not: A peaceful state frees your brain to be creative, focused, and productive. It’s also conducive to connecting with others without distraction, which nourishes your soul.” She explains.

So how do you stage it? Augustin believes in a multi-pronged approach to improving your mind and mood. “The sensory input is cumulative,” she says. “We receive information through a number of different channels – sight, sound, a sense of security – and many small positive hits add up to a powerfully impressionable environment.” Do one thing in your home to encourage good energy and you will get a boost; do a lot and you can make a real impact. Start here.

Color your world

There are three color dimensions to consider: hue (the hue), saturation (richness of pigment), and lightness (light or dark). To get a sense of calm, surround yourself with colors that aren’t very saturated and are fairly bright, meaning lots of white mixed in, says Augustin. Paint your walls, add a throw to your couch or add a rug – there are many ways to add color to your home. Augustin says these three colors work particularly well for certain areas of your home:

Go to your workspace with Sage Green

“Green has been shown to stimulate creativity, and the low saturation and lightness make the color relaxing, which is necessary for your brain to function at its full potential,” she says. “It’s also nice for a living space because it gives off a warmth that puts people at ease socially and sets a friendly tone.”

Choose Soft Blue for the bedroom

“It’s associated with quiet while studying,” says Augustin, “which makes it ideal for your bedroom.”

Consider red in your workout room

Here is a caveat to the general rest rule. Just as light, soothing colors are relaxing, dark, rich tones will energize you. So, crimson is a color you want to keep in sight when you exercise. “Research has shown that if you see the color red even briefly, your analytical power decreases,” says Augustin. “So, get rid of red in your work area. But when you train at home, red is your power boost. Seeing it will give you a power boost.”

look into the light

Natural sunlight is absolutely magical for your mood. It improves your performance, creativity, and overall health, to name just a few of the many benefits, says Augustin. Let it in where you can. However, nature is not always available, especially in the dark winter days.

For the necessary interior lighting, look for warm and cool bulbs (most of the packaging is labeled). “We feel more socially connected under warm light, but we can concentrate better under cool light,” she says. “Humans are used to seeing warm light emitted from lower sources, so our brains make sense of it. Think campfires or even candles. We associate this glow with happy moments. So put warm bulbs in the lamps below and use them when chilling or meeting friends. Cool bulbs are great for overhead lighting; Turn them on when you need to be motivated and productive.”

Embrace some minimalism

Personal items (photos, art, keepsakes, etc.) displayed on tabletops or walls signal the things you value, and those memories are critical to generating positive energy, Augustin says. But be careful not to create too much visual noise. “Our survival instincts make us constantly scan our surroundings for threats,” she says. “Our eyes are constantly scanning and observing, and when there are too many stimuli to absorb, it causes stress, which saps your energy.”

Strip down your decor and you’ll instantly feel more focused. At the same time, it’s important to add a sense of newness to your space to create a sense of now. “You want to acknowledge the passage of time so you don’t live in a stagnant museum that has no flow,” says Augustin. Choose times (holidays or other seasons) to tuck away your current items and bring out fresh eye candy.

Integrate nature

“As humans, we have a desire to exist with nature,” says Augustin. “It’s our inherent environment, so it brings a sense of calm, mental clarity, and a better perspective.” Simply having a few leafy green plants in your home will bring you these well-being increases.

Get two to four plants that are a few feet tall so you can see them and place them in different rooms. For even greater impact, surround yourself with items made from natural materials like wood and stone. And hang a mobile so that it sways gently in the breeze that comes through an open window or in the movement of air as you walk by.

“Essentially, you are creating the conditions of a beautiful natural landscape that can register in your subconscious and trigger stress relief and joy,” says Augustin. Then add a soothing soundscape that plays just below the sensor radar, making them barely noticeable. “Quiet sounds of nature like babbling brooks, rustling leaves and singing birds have been shown to keep you mentally relaxed and refreshed,” she says.

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