Yesterday I watched an eye-opening video by Kimberley Bost; expert home improvement specialist. In the video she says something I think you will find quite profound:
“There’s an enormous benefit to being in a nurturing environment. Everything we surround ourselves with impacts our wellbeing. Our homes, workplaces, relationships… even our very thoughts. All are an outer reflection of our inner state.”
She goes on to say that:
“Creating an environment that is aligned with what we value and where we are going, can bring us health and greater productivity.”
When you look at your home, what does it say about you? Are you the type of person who likes space and neatness? Or do you thrive on a busy environment that keeps your mind on its toes throughout the day?
Did you know that changing your home environment has a massive impact on your day-to-day life? Isn’t it amazing to know that the smallest changes, even only in your home décor can…
- Reduce your stress
- Increase your productivity
- Lift your spirits
- Make you happier
- Enhance your relationships
- Create a good impression on others
Take a look at these ten profound messages your home is telling you about who you are, where you’re going and what your house guests think about you.
Small but Open
Some of us live in small spaces. But despite the lack of space, you might still be the type of person who utilizes your space wisely.
People who live in small spaces that are neat and tidy, like being in control of their lives. They thrive on knowing where everything is and try to keep their homes (and their minds) free of clutter.
Look around your house. Would you describe it as neutral, or bright? Home décor experts agree that neutral colours signify a clear mind and logical thinking, while brighter colours depict creativity and strong emotion.
Open counter tops allow you to start new tasks without worrying about old ones. And keeping your space clean and tidy means you enjoy the peace and tranquillity of being alone with your own thoughts.
Small and Cluttered
A lack of space can also lead to a busy environment. While this does not necessarily mean you are messy, having lots of things around means you thrive on a busy mind that enjoys tending to tasks when inspiration hits—and leaving those tasks till later when something else takes priority.
If this is you, you are a very creative person. You enjoy focusing on a creative trial-by-error approach to doing things rather than theorising about what needs to be done.
You need lots of space to leave undone projects for later—and you enjoy an environment that is full of inspiring ideas and things to do.
Tip for Houseguests:
If this living space describes you, make a point of replacing your curtains with stylish blinds. Your guests will appreciate the influx of light within your home and you can always close the blinds when you prefer a darker working environment.
Large and Seamless
Are you someone who needs loads of space in your environment? And do you keep that large environment predominantly tidy?
This indicates that you love being in control at all times—especially if your home is filled with neutral colours and minimalistic home décor.
Open spaces make certain personality types feel safe and clear-minded. And an additional “safety” feeling comes from adding seamless steel handrails to your staircases.
Look at the massive difference between these two images. Which one makes you feel more at home and comfortable?
Large and Busy
People who prefer large spaces with lots of stuff lying around, are usually very particular about what they want from life. They often know where everything is, even though it may seem haphazard to someone paying them a visit.
Are you this person? Then chances are you’re a rich mix of creative and logical.
There’s so much you can do to create a more welcoming environment to houseguests who may feel a bit out of place when visiting you.
Try the following:
Add Balustrades to Your Visiting Areas
Balconies and patios can greatly benefit from steel balustrades. Psychologically, these additions add an element of comfort and safety for you and your guests. Consider glass as a sleeker option if you want to create a more open look to your visiting area.
Re-invent Your Staircases
Doing an overhaul on your staircase can completely change the look and feel of your home. Guest will love staircases that are “lighter” and sleek. These also create a psychological effect on your own mind—encouraging you to “go places” faster and more effortlessly.
Use Shutters to Make Safety Look Good
Large houses can often feel cramped despite ample space. Security can sometimes be a hinderance to the welcoming feel you’re trying to create in your home.
Shutters create a perfect solution to this issue. They provide safety, but not at the expense of your home’s aesthetics.
Just look at some of these awesome shutter designs.
There are so many things you can do to finish off a look in your newly designed space. Home décor items such as cushions, lighting, pictures or paintings, throw blankets and ornaments are all excellent options. Each finishing touch needs to have individual attention paid to it so that it can complement the structural items, such as shutters or blinds in the room.
Lighting is also a crucial aspect within a room. When we create rooms, we create them so that they represent the space that they are going to be used for. A study or home office needs to have good strong lighting so that it is comfortable to work in; whereas a lounge needs to be functional, while also calming.
Look at the room you are designing and think about the purpose of that room. Ask yourself, will the room be used for entertainment, for relaxing, or for working. When you have identified these, you can start looking at the lighting.
An example: installing lamps in a lounge provides soft lighting that can assist with creating a relaxing mood while promoting the structural features in that room, such as beautiful blinds or shutters allows you to adjust the lighting according to your needs.
Your outdoor area says a lot about who you are as a person. The outdoor area at the front of your home provides an indication of what will be found inside the home, while the outdoor area found at the back of your home tells us so much about aspects of your personality that even you might not be aware of!
Is the path to the entrance at the front of your home a long, winding, flower-lined walkway? Or did you take more of a minimalist approach featuring small stones and neat trimmings?
The outdoor area found at the back of your home could be an area for escape or entertainment. Do you have a narrow, cobbled pathway leading to a hidden reading bench? Or do you have an open porch with plenty of seating space? Does your back garden include a pond, perfect for quiet introspection, or a fire-pit conducive for laughter and fire-side conversations?
Even when you look at the lighting in your home, you can learn something about yourself.
Where did you place the most lights? Did you purchase a lamp with a bright LED to light up your desk? Then you’re probably task oriented and you prioritise getting your work done. Your focus was task lighting.
There’s nothing wrong with task lighting, but did you remember to also cater for family members’ preferences and provide visitors with a welcoming environment? Don’t forget about mood lighting.
When you gather around the dinner table with your family, you don’t want dim lighting to create a sombre atmosphere. It will be more conducive to chatter and sharing, if mood lighting, coming from various sources, light up this zone in the house.
Your light fixtures also give some insight into your personality. If you invested in simple fixtures to match your steel cupboard handles or wrought iron features, you probably prefer keeping things simple. A minimalistic look works for you.
But why not let your creative side out?
Look for lampshades at craft fairs or make one yourself. Or, let others in the family help you pick interesting new fixtures. Let your home décor—which lighting is part of—represent everyone’s styles and it will feel cosier.
What do You Share About Yourself?
Take a quick look around your room and take note of what you put on display. Doesn’t that give away a few secrets about what’s important to you?
- If you’re sentimental by natures, your display case that acts as home décor will probably contain a few heirlooms.
- An introvert who loves to escape reality and read a novel, would most likely install bookcases in most rooms.
- A pet lover won’t mind sacrificing space for dog beds and bowls. You may even have a built-in doghouse right in your living room so your four-legged friend can watch TV with you.
There’s no reason to give up these unique features in your home. Rather, why not look for more ways to incorporate your hobbies & preferences into your room layout, furniture and home décor that you pick?
For example, if you invest in custom made staircases, make sure to use the space under those stairs effectively. It can be turned into an interesting reading nook or book storage. Or pick a design that allows you to display large antique pieces, instead of putting them in storage.
Also, whenever you purchase décor such as vases, carpets or new blinds, make sure that it will all complement your personal display areas. Without saying a word, you can show visitors what’s most important to you in life.
Secret Colour Coded Messages
Did you know that it’s not necessarily the store’s marketing that made you purchase that velvet curtain? And it’s not a whim that prompts you to pick up that scatter cushion and pay for it without giving it another thought. Often, it’s simply about colour!
If you take a glance at my home it’s obvious that I find the blue hues attractive, though they’re offset by many other colours. No matter the type of home décor I’m gifted or the type of blinds in a room, I find a way to incorporate blue into that space.
So, what does this tell you about me?
Let me give you a short summary about the psychology behind a few basic colours in home décor, so we can all understand ourselves a little better:
- Red: Red represents power, love and even anger. Most people who use this in their homes are passionate beings.
- Yellow: There’s no question that a yellow feature wall or pillow can lighten up a room. This hue is associated with hope, so if you incorporate this into your home you probably also bring encouragement into others’ lives. I can already think of people in my life who fit this definition. Some experts also say yellow relates to intellect.
- Blue: I’m not alone in loving this colour because blue is apparently the most loved colour in the world. It’s calming and if you’re attracted to it, chances are you’re trustworthy & easy going.
- White: In modern homes white may simply be what you pick to align with minimalistic trends. But some of you may enjoy a life where you only rely on yourself. Is that you?
- Black: Some homeowners pick black because they associate it with glamour and for others it’s about the sense of mystery this hue often sparks. Anyone entering a mostly black room will take a moment to ponder the reason behind the colour scheme.
- Brown: It makes sense that many people are attracted to brown wood items for their homes, whether it’s in the form of furniture, blinds or balustrades. Why? Because brown offers a sense of comfort and protection. If you’re drawn to brown too, you’re probably in need of a safe haven after a hectic day at work.
So, what have you learnt about yourself? And now, next time you walk into someone’s home, simply by taking stock of their colour scheme you may have insight into their souls.
Throws and Pillows
You can also zoom in on smaller details you added to identify personality traits. Your personal taste reflects in more than the larger items such as picking out the blinds, the material for balustrades or a staircase design. What about the small items you add to rooms over the years?
If you’re the homeowner that places a throw pillow—or perhaps a soft plush blanket—on almost every chair and sofa around, you’re a true caretaker. You may think you purchase those items for yourself, but at the root of those decisions lies the desire to have guests feel welcome, safe & comfortable.
Take it one step further and analyse the designs of these home décor items to learn about your personal preferences:
- A romantic will pick couch pillows of different shapes and sizes, and chances are they will be covered in soft fabric.
- Traditionalists tend to ensure throw pillows match the couch fabric in texture, style and colour. Also, you may not simply buy a pillow at random, but plan the whole setting.
- If you’re a minimalist you’ll pick pillows that serve a purpose, such as giving back support.
- Homeowners who want to keep up with the times will research trends and may replace pillows on a regular basis to align the look with the latest home décor
So, have a look around your living room. What did you just learn about yourself?
Consider Your Couch
Want some quick insight into your psyche? Then simply sit down on your couch and consider all its features. Your lounge furniture is more revealing about human nature than you think.
Perhaps you’ve settled for the couch you inherited from a family member and you still don’t see a reason to replace it. You simply spruce up the area with new home décor. Nothing wrong with that! You’re putting your frugal living values on display, which can be a wise lesson for many who tend to overspend.
Or perhaps you invested in an expensive, quality leather couch. Once again, there’s no right or wrong here. In this case you prove what an excellent planner you are. You enjoy making wise investments because a leather couch will serve you well for years to come.
Also look at the style and shape you picked out:
- Futons show your consideration for family members who may want to sleep over.
- Modern designs picked out because they match your new staircase, proves your commitment to aesthetics, rather than comfort.
- A loveseat is for booklovers who want to curl up with a book; or for those who enjoy having people over and want to make them feel comfortable.
- A sectional piece tells you your living room is your safe space. You want to stretch out and relax after a long day at work.
Your needs, personality and preferences are reflected everywhere. What else does your home décor tell you?