I can divide all homes in two large categories: homes that emit positive energy and happiness, and the ones that are dull, empty and dark. The criteria you ask? Well, lets start with the colour of the walls. White is the synonym for elegant, but white bare walls with no display, is a big no-no. Or how about walls coloured in black? Seriously?
The home is supposed to be a place that relaxes you, gives you the feeling of belonging and protection; a place for nurturing your soul and body, and where you’ll be able to get a glass of wine, sit in your comfortable sofa and enjoy displayed books, abstract art, clocks, framed quotes and everything that represents you. How to achieve this so-called ‘effect of the positive room’?
- Colours.I can’t emphasize this enough, combined with the amount of natural light, your lighting products and the overall design, the rooms in your house need to show you and your furniture in the best light possible. To achieve this effect, you need bright colours like white, beige, or pastels and to make sure these colours dominate the room. Sure you can add a few items in dark colour, or even attach some abstract art pieces on the walls with very bold colours and you’ll still have the happy room effect.
- Decorations!Are decorations suppose to be something you hate just because they fit the colour pattern or the overall design? No! A happy room is filled with things you like and love. Decorations that you’ve chosen because they made you smile when you looked at them, and ultimately things that have a story attached to them, either yours or a historical one.
- Furniture with curvesMake sure you get more round tables like your coffee table and the one in your dinning room; round edges always leave the impression of an inviting home. Priceless. It’s only a visual thing, but still very important.
- Go bold on a white wallRemember how I mentioned completely white walls aren’t exactly creative or inviting? That still counts. So don’t leave them all white and boring; instead, go bold on them; use some abstract art pieces with strong colours to break the whiteness, or go wild and make one wall a painting masterpiece.
- The entry is most importantYou know the famous “first impressions are lasting impressions ”? And where do we get the first impression? At the entry, of course. Make your entry as welcoming as possible; add a piece with bold colour to catch the attention of people when they enter. And when I say a bold colour, I mean something bright like yellow, green, or purple.