Start the New Year in A Happy Home

by Rachel Laurendeau on January 4, 2013

A house is nothing but a shelter if it does not provide us with a place to be happy and healthy. No amount of generic home improvements can turn it into a truly cheerful place if you don’t take your personal interests and the way you use the different parts of your home into account.

As we start the New Year, here are a few ideas to amp up the joy-inducing elements of your home:

• Don’t take life too seriously. Adding whimsical touches, colorful contrast or details that make you smile or laugh regularly are a great way to start.

• Embrace the details during your home remodeling. Small details can draw your eye in and make you stop to reflect for a few moments.

• Use art in unexpected places and in surprising ways. Or, use unexpected objects in an artful way.

• Add your personality. This is your space, it should reflect who you are, your interests and your passions. If you enjoy books, use them to decorate. Prefer to travel, make sure there are little mementos of your trips to trigger warm memories. Enjoy time by the sea? Paint your bedroom in the perfect shade of blue. You get the idea.

• Don’t expect perfection. Sure the rooms in magazine photo spreads look beautiful but can you imagine living in a space where everything needs to be perfect? We would drive ourselves crazy if we expected every single aspect of our abodes to be perfect. Enjoy living in your home and let it develop some character.

• Add touches of nature: plants, the trickle of water, the tinkle of wind chimes; these will help you feel serene, comfortable and reenergized. Also, find ways to make your outside space more usable and spend more time outdoors enjoying your porch, deck, patio or garden.

• Let the sun shine in! We all know that sunshine makes us feel better, so clean those windows and change out the dark drapes for window coverings that allow as much natural light as possible into all of the nooks and crannies of your home. The one exception to this rule would be to layer blackout blinds in the bedroom to ensure a good night’s sleep. It’s hard to be happy when you’re tired.

• Rearrange your furniture to find a configuration that works well and feels right to you. Just because the sofa has always been against the long wall in the living room, doesn’t mean it has to stay in that same spot forever.

• Make your eco-conscience happy too, by choosing items that are sustainable and eco-friendly to furnish your home.

It doesn’t take a lot of money or half a year of chaotic renovations to create a happy home. Talk to your home improvement expert and start the New Year off on the right foot.

What types of home improvements have you done to make your house a happier place? We’d love to hear about them in the comments section below.

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