When you have a good hard look at where you live, you might get quite a shock. A lot of people neglect to do any kind of decoration. And this can have a negative effect on mood and well-being. That’s right, your décor affects how you feel.

As a result, it’s important to get it right. But there’s not much point in venturing down the path of decoration only to get it wrong. There are several things you need to know before you can decorate effectively.

Before we start, I should just say that literally anyone can decorate their surroundings to some degree. Granted if you’re renting a small flat you may have some difficulty painting the walls pink, unless the landlord agrees of course, but there are lots of simple tricks that mean that you can always do something.

So, let’s look at some of the principles of effective decoration in the home – or anywhere else for that matter.

Step 1: Light Matters a Great Deal

Let there be light! Sorry, I couldn’t resist. But there’s nothing worse than a dark cramped room if you’re trying to be energetic or productive. Darkness has the effect of making you feel tired and sluggish, and can actually also make you feel depressed. Humans need light to be able to function properly, so there’s a distinct need to make an effort to brighten up a dark room.
You might be saying that your home is just naturally dark, but it’s actually pretty simple to make an impact;
Focus On The Window – Presuming you have a window in the room you’re trying to decorate, you should focus the décor and structure the furniture around it to maximise light. Don’t block any light coming in with tables or dressers. Consider ditching curtains and using a blind as curtains can block some light from coming in even when they’re open.

Reflect The Light – Making the most of the natural light that you have is a great way to make sure that you’re not living in a cave. Try and use a reflective surface, such as a white table or carpet, and put some mirrors up too to reflect the light deeper into the room and perhaps even outside of it.

Use Light Fittings – A great way to get light is, you guessed it, installing light fittings. These are not only beneficial for when it’s dark and dingy outside, or when there’s no natural light to speak of, but you can also strategically place them to enhance the sense of light in a room. Try pointing a lamp at a wall, the light will bounce off of it and illuminate the room – and if it’s painted a particular colour there will be a nice hue from the light too. 

There are many ways you can brighten up your home, and it’s very important for effective decoration.

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