14 Aug

Symbols of a Happy Home

happy home decorationThe personal meaning that the items in your home carry are very important to your mental health. All of our sensory experiences impact us with meaning, but none more so than our sense of sight. The minute we see things, our brain is interpreting their appearance based on any experiences we have had with the thing we are looking at. If it is a thing we have had a bad experience with, then seeing it will make us feel negative. If it is a thing we have had a good experience with, it will make us feel positive. We also interpret things visually using our subconscious. For instance, we may have never had a personal experience with the color yellow, but colors have a psychological impact simply by being colors.

The point of this is simply that people need to consider their personal connection to the items they decorate with and fill a home with because they will have a daily psychological impact on them. This is why many people choose to decorate with personal effects, such as family heirlooms, art that their kids made, favorite quotes and artistic representations of things they value. These items are directly associated with something that the decorater values, which means it has very positive personal meaning.

A person may also want to decorate with things that are less personal but still carry some kind of positive association. For instance, some people love to decorate with abstract art. There is nothing in reality that is as abstract as abstract art. Looking at it does not make us think of real life people, places or events. Instead, it brings to mind associations with concepts, emotions and states of being, which are abstract themselves. For many people, these types of associations within their personal space is more therapeutic than images of people, places or events that they are personally connected to.

14 Aug

Home in Order, Brain in Order

orderly home and brainPeople are very visually stimulated creatures. Mental health experts agree that sight is the sense that informs us of our reality more than any other sense. What we see affects our personal condition a great deal. That is why the aesthetics of our homes are so important to think about. Most of us are home more than anywhere else in life. Home is supposed to be a place of security, peace, restoration and rejuvenation, where we recharge before going out into the world to accomplish things. It is very important to our health and our sanity that our home environments are peaceful. Therefore, we need to consider the aesthetics of our homes as an investment into our mental health.

When a home is full of aesthetics that are pleasing to the eye, including art, decorations, cleanliness and order, an environment of calm is created. This aesthetically pleasing environment is based on a number of factors, including color, representation, order, cleanliness and saturation.

  • Color. The colors used in decorating a home should be hand-picked by the inhabitant in accordance with their preferences. Different personalities prefer different colors, so it is wise for people to do some research to consider the effects that colors have on them before choosing a home color scheme.
  • Representation. Anything a person can see has meaning to them. The meaning may be personal or impersonal, positive or negative, beneficial or harmful. Anything in the home that can be seen will carry some impact on the inhabitant’s mood, which needs to be considered for the decorating of the home.
  • Order. The order a home and its decor is kept in has a major effect on how it impacts us visually. When we walk into a space that is unkempt and in disarray, we immediately feel more scattered, where as when we walk into a space that is orderly, we feel put together. The same is true for the cleanliness and the saturation of decor and other items.

3 Feb

Personal Effects for Mental Health

mental health personal effects decorOne of the most impacting means of decorating your home is by using personal effects, such as family heirlooms, portraits or self-created art. No other type of decor will be as meaningful as one of your own personal effects. When you are considering using one of your personal effects in your home decor, you should think about how it impacts you. If it is an item that makes you very emotional, it may not be the best choice to have it where you can see it every day. Or if it draws to mind an interpersonal conflict, it may not be the best idea to make public  out of it. However, if you associate the item with happiness and fond memories, and like the way it fits into the design of the room, it can be a very effective piece of decor.

Using a personal effect as home decor can be a great conversation starter. Personal effects always have stories behind them, and when someone inquires about the piece it is a great opportunity to share a bit of yourself with another person. The guests you have over will be fascinated with a bit of your personal history. In addition, having it displayed in your home will keep your memory sharper when you reminisce on the meaning the item has. Honoring your own history by displaying a personal effect as decor will be good for you mentally, and will give you peace of mind.

It is also very tasteful to use personal effects in your home decorating because it brings a level of depth to your decor that generic store bought art and accoutrements cannot provide. One of the oldest rules of visual art is that it must carry meaning, so when your personal effects bring life to the room they occupy, they are a true representation of who you are.

However, it is possible to go overboard with personal effects. When there are too many personal effects, trinkets and knick knacks adorning the surfaces in your home, you end up with junk cluttering your living space, inhibiting your peace of mind. If this is taking place in your home, get in contact with space organization professionals who can reduce your clutter, such as junk removal in the Okanagan Valley and closet organizing services in Vancouver. You will be amazed by how much space and breathing room your home will have afterward.

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3 Feb

Home Decor for Personal Health

home interior decorThe way you decorate your home will effect the way you feel every day. The aesthetic decorations around us carry strong mental associations for us. If we use elements of nature in our decorating, we will be reminded of nature, which can be good or bad depending on your feelings about nature. If we use neon lights in our decorating, we will be reminded of nightlife. There is a huge variety of home decoration items available to shop for and narrowing it down to one balanced theme can be very difficult. It is, however, very important to your long term happiness that you choose your home decor items with great care so as not to grow weary of looking at them.
In order to make a good decision about how to decorate your home, you need to choose decorations that have both aesthetic appeal to you and personal meaning as well. There is a large difference between how you visually interpret something and how you emotionally respond to it. We may appreciate the artistry of a particular painting, for example, and esteem its use of color, light and shadow, but if the subject matter of the painting carries a negative connotation for us, we would not want in our living space.
Choosing home decor for its aesthetic appeal calls for a bit of an artistic eye. You have to see every home decor item in the context of the rest of the room, as well as the statement it makes on its own. Ask yourself if the item will compliment the other items in the room, if it is consistent with the room’s theme and color design and whether or not you like the look of the item itself. It is also very important that the associations the item brings to mind are positive for you. Ask yourself how the item makes you feel. Your response does not need to be logical. It merely needs to be honest.
The cleanliness of your home is a major contributing factor to its aesthetic appeal. Cleanliness is a habit formed over time, and requires a particular amount of discipline, time management, knowledge and ability. If you are struggling with your cleaning habits and need help from professionals, consider the services of BC Upholstery Cleaners, Carpet Cleaners Penticton and Mango Maids.

18 Sep

What the Aesthetics of Your Home Can Do for You

home aesthetics for youInterior decorating is the process of beautifying the inside of your home. Interior decorating is a well respected profession, but it is also a meaningful way of expressing, soothing and invigorating yourself. Many people hire interior decoraters to beautify the insides of their homes, while others discover the benefits of doing the decorating themselves. Your living space is the only space you have that you are free to make into a complete reflection of yourself, and designing it from the ground up can prove to be very therapeutic. That is why carefully choosing the design concept, colors and accouterments for your home is an important form of mental health treatment.

Deciding how the aesthetic elements of your living space should come together is a somewhat artistic process. You need to think about how the shapes, lines and colors of the space will come together to create an atmosphere. This may seem like a very basic decision, but psychologists have found that the way we perceive the severity and starkness of the lines, shapes and colors in our environment has an effect on our mood. Assembling these basic elements in an appealing way will lay the backbone for a harmonious living space.

The color scheme of your living space deserves to be expounded on, because it is so critical in setting the mood of the room. Psychologists have found a clear link between color shades and moods in people, with so much evidence that colors have been labeled with corresponding moods for the purpose of decorating. For example, yellow is energizing, blue is productive, lavender is soothing and red stimulates the appetite. If you are a person who is prone to stress, think of the immense benefits of using the color lavender heavily in your home. Decisions about color schemes in your home can have a profound impact on your day-to-day well being.

And lastly, the actual decor you choose to put on walls and surfaces impacts your state of mind as well. Pictures, art and other decor carry personal and interpretive meaning when you are looking at them. Family heirlooms recall your personal history, regional art gives you a sense of travel and adventure, fine art gives your space a sense of culture and so on. Making careful decisions about all the elements of your interior decorating will reward you with peace of mind.

17 Sep

Color Schemes for Mental Health

home interior color schemeWhether you know it or not, the color scheme you choose for your home will have an effect on your mood while you are surrounded by it. Even if it is only at a subconscious level, particular colors have been connected to particular moods. The reasons for this are not definitive, but they have to do with the way the brain interprets visual signals. This information is a very valuable thing to consider when planning how to decorate your home. You will want to think of what mood you desire to set with the color scheme of each room, and how it will effect you personally every day.

Some colors are associated with relaxing emotions while others are associated with invigoration. It is important to consider the way you intend to use the space you are going to decorate before you commit to any particular color scheme. The purpose of the room will dictate whether you want to create an invigorating mood, such as red for appetite stimulation in the kitchen, or whether you want to create a relaxing mood, such as lavendar for calming in the bedroom. Consider who will spend time in the room, how often someone will be in the room and how you are going to arrange the room before deciding on a color scheme.

You will be surrounded by your decorating choices more than anyone else, so make sure that you can live with them. Most people do not pause to consider how their mental health will be effected by their decorating choices, but mental health is absolutely a factor in color scheme decision making. In the alternative medicine practice of Ayurveda, people are characterized by their dosha. Those with a fiery dosha should surround themselves with calming things for balance while those with a passive dosha should surround themselves with stimulating things for balance. The same is true for the colors in your home. If you are prone to laziness, it might be wise to stear away from calming colors and focus on stimulating colors. If you have a problem walking away from productivity in order to relax, then stimulating colors will not be as good for you as relaxing colors will be.