How Your Home Decor Can Reveal The True You

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How Your Home Decor Can Reveal The True You

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Every home, whether you are decorating your own space or renting someone else’s, has elements of what makes you tick, or even what holds you back, embedded within your decor.

Numerous studies have shown the psychological and emotional effects of elements of design such as color, lighting, and decor. The space around us definitely affects our moods, and how we choose to decorate it says a lot more about the person we are than we realize. The details of our home decor tells a story, not just about our lives, but about our beliefs, habits, and innermost values. Here are a few ways your home decor can send a message about who you are.

How Do You Organize Your Space?

Whether you prefer an open floor plan or naturally pack in rooms with more stuff and less space, your choices can shape your mood.

Rooms that seem more spacious have the psychological effect of being relaxing and soothing in a way that stimulates creativity, while rooms that seem close increase urgency and productivity, but also stress. Clutter always creates the illusion of smaller spaces, but sterile spaces that have no personal touches seem unwelcoming.

Consider all of this as you look at your own home—does your living room look like a museum, or like someone actually lives in ir? Is your bedroom your relaxing happy place or a tight, stressful zone?

A very spacious room can become cramped with the wrong decor, and a small room can be expanded with the right twists of color, shading, and lighting.

What Are The Colors Of Your Home?

Millions of dollars have been spent by on studying the effect of color on design for advertising, restaurant design, and more. Why? Because colors convey a deep emotional response.

Finance companies, for example, use deep green and gold hues to associate themselves with money. Urgent signs, such as caution or stop signs, are almost always in alarming red. The same principles can be applied to the colors you use in your decor:

  • Greens and browns, as well as light blues, can be very calming, appropriate for living rooms and bedrooms, but not something you’d want in an office.

  • White can be very sterile, but tempered with splashes of color can also be very welcoming, and makes spaces look bigger.

  • Oranges and yellows are very cheery, but also very energizing, so not for a room you want to be calm in.

What colors you are using determine how your rooms get used, because of how your subconscious emotionally reacts to the colors. Outsiders will have very similar reactions to these colors, so how color is expressed in your decor says a lot about you.

Where Do You Share The Things You Love?

Personal items that you display obviously say a lot about you, but do you know how much they really say? Artwork, knicknacks, and even what books are on your shelves all send a very personal message to visitors about who you are and what you value.

Are your walls and bookshelves covered in fine art and literature, or crayon drawings and children’s books? Are there family photos all over, or posters and knicknacks? How one’s house is set up also tells us a lot about that person’s daily routine. Does the dining table always have place settings, or are there snacks around the house? Does your coffee maker have a timer? All of this can tell people a lot about your daily routine.

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The most obvious element of design is the designer—you. Knowing what message you want to send to the world with your home decor is going to be the determining factor for much of the rest, for better or for worse. You might have one idea that evolves into another—your aspirations for an academic bookshelf have been undermined by the fact that your trashy romance novels keep pushing the scholarly books into the back—but all of it is based on your vision of who you want to be, and how closely that blends in with who you are.

Your home decor is almost like a celebration of your existence; the accumulation of all your possessions arranged in a way that reflects who you are and how you live. It makes a statement about who you are, what you value in your life and family, and even deeply personal details, such as your daily routine. Take a look at your home decor—what message are you sending the world?

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