What does the funeral parlor, prison cells, or courtroom have in common? They are places that you would rather avoid. However, they all use color, texture, and lighting to evoke specific emotions from their occupants. It works.
This is a less extreme and solemn example, but interior design and decor can also affect the mood and emotions and the overall mental health of the inhabitants.
Noel Gatts is an interior designer who hosts HGTV’s Home Inspector Joe. Universal comforts, such as shelter, privacy, and natural light, are essential for the health and well-being of every person. It can be more difficult to surround yourself with homes that speak your love language.
It’s an important topic that had received more attention since the start of the pandemic when people spent more time at home. However, most information about how our home and headspace interact has been focused on the mental benefits of decluttering. Many consider cleaning, organizing, and purging essential first steps in creating a space supporting mental well-being. What happens after the clutter is gone?
This is where decor elements come into play and make magic. These science-backed tips and tricks will make your home more positive and supportive of your mental health.
Prioritize emotional safety
You do at least one thing each day to ensure your safety. What about your emotional safety?
Interior designer Kristen Fiore says that the overall feel of a space – how it’s laid out, how clean, how cozy it feels, and how personal it is – can make or break your sense of security. You want to feel safe and secure when triggered by mental health issues. It’s essential that your home reflects you and is comfortable and welcoming.
Befriend friendly people
Remember emotional safety and how important it is to fill your space with objects that make you feel safe and at ease.
Interior designer Michal Rubin says, “Maybe you desire a lot of frames filled with family members because surrounding yourself with images will make it feel happier and less alone.” Or frames with family members can negatively impact your mental health. If that is the case, you should choose decorative and botanical objects.
You are not required to have a certain number of family photos displayed in your home. Family relationships can be complex and individual. If images of someone or something trigger a stress response, you should let it go. This is where you can feel content and comfortable. You can display photos of your friends, chosen family members, or anyone whose presence makes you feel safe and calm.