A dark, poorly lit room will instantly make you feel gloomy, won’t it? The same applies to rainy days and grey skies – the absence of sunlight has the power to instantly ruin your mood.
There’s a scientific explanation that pinpoints the importance of light for proper brain function.
Exposure to sunlight increases the production of serotonin – a hormone that improves mood and helps for calmness. In the absence of natural light, serotonin levels go down and this phenomenon is linked to increased risk of seasonal mood disorders and even major depression.
The importance of sunlight has once again been demonstrated in a study carried out in hospital settings. Researchers found out that patients in sunny rooms recovered from depression faster than those in rooms having less light.
Even if you don’t have large windows at home, there are ways to make rooms feel brighter and more cheerful.
There are light bulbs meant to replicate the colour and temperature of sunlight. Full-spectrum light bulbs are the ones that come closest to what the sun gives us.
In addition, you can make rooms brighter by featuring light colours, mirrors and glossy surfaces. All of those maximise available light and improve its presence throughout the flat.
These are some of the obvious issues that can impact mood, anxiety and overall wellbeing. But there are some subtler mistakes leading to issues with your home environment. Did you know that something as simple as cramming too many family photos in a small space can make you feel stressed out? The same applies to ignoring the importance of texture, featuring too many electronics in your relaxation spaces and even keeping lots of books you no longer enjoy.
Interior designers know how these subtle choices can have a negative impact. Hence, working with a professional is the easy way to bring happiness and balance to your home.
At Home Guide, we believe in the ability of every single design element to impact your psychological wellbeing. From colour to arrangements – we make these choices intentionally to match your needs. Contact us now if you want a home that will help you relax and find happiness amid everyday business and stress.