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How wall decorations affect our mood

That picture hanging on your wall, a painting above your TV, or even the paint and wallpapers that decorate your wall are all central to your overall mood. The mood, in this case, can be anything from excitement to depression, any other emotions along that scale included.

But everyone wants nothing but positivity in life as your mood is responsible for how well you perform at work, how good a parent or partner you will be at home, and how well you will relate with other people. That is why you must be very careful with the decorations you choose for your living areas.

What Experts Say

Psychologists and neuroscientists alike agree that a human’s mind has unique connections with colors. It is, therefore, not by chance that you find some colors more appealing than others, some paintings refreshing and others frightening, and some clothing beautiful than others even if they are of the same design.

According to a study conducted by the Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health in Melbourne, Australia, green and blue- and other pastels- colors mostly make people feel calm and relaxed. Perhaps this is because blue represents the skies while green represents growth and continuity. On the other hand, bright colors such as pink and orange instill a warm feeling of excitement in many people. The researchers also found out that black and different dark colors can negatively affect your mood, mainly if they are painted on walls that you get to see all the time.

But as psychiatrists say, black doesn’t necessarily imply doom. You can paint a room black, especially bathrooms and spaces that you use sparingly to continually remind yourself to get out and do other productive things. This was scientifically proven by neurosurgeons at the Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health in Melbourne led by Professor Julie Bernhardt.

The Two Main Living Spaces that Will Greatly Affect Your Mood

Although colors will affect your mood from anywhere- including at your workplace, public transport, and church, etc.- the most significant effect will be in your living areas. But of all the areas in your room, there are two places that will either make or break your mood: The kitchen and the bedroom.

Here is how:

1. The Kitchen

You may not know this, but your kitchen wall décor is the gateway to some of the most deep-seated memories of your lifetime. Food has a special place in everyone’s mind and heart; it reminds us of our childhood delicacies, our mothers, our nannies, and practically any caregiver who fed us and took care of us when we were young. It sends waves of hope and optimism in our lives by reminding us no matter what, some people love and adore us. It reminds us of the beautiful aromas and awesome recipes that have shaped our lives right from childhood. The kitchen is, without a doubt, the most intimate space in any home.

With your kitchen wall décor reminding you all those positive memories, you wouldn’t want to mess things up by decorating your kitchen with colors and paintings that don’t live to the standards of your fond memories. When you are upgrading your kitchen design, you need to cultivate the heart-warming memories by matching them with beautiful decors that will always keep you excited and entertained.

2. The bedroom

According to the National Sleep Foundation, most working adults aged between 18 and 60 years aren’t getting enough sleep due to stress and other work-related problems. Instead of the recommended 8 hours per night, most of them are sleeping for half that time, or even shorter. With that realization, it is incumbent upon you as an individual to find ways of making your bedroom fresh and suitable for proper sleep.

According to Dr. Randy Nelson, Professor of Neuroscience and Psychology, a research scientist at Ohio State University, you can get more sleep by reducing the amount of artificial light in your bedroom and instead allowing in more natural light. If you want to sleep during the day, painting your bedroom walls with white color and then using bright curtains will make the room well-lit and consequently will calm your nerves for a night of sweet, undisturbed sleep. Another great way to help reduce your stress is to have your children’s pictures around your room. Based on Elephant Stock, family photos are their most sold customized canvas wall art. You should realize what makes you calm, and then customize your decorations based on that.

In another study by the University of Amsterdam, researchers found that decorating your room with green can also aid your sleep. If you love reading, decorating your bedroom walls with bookshelves can make you relax at night so that you can enjoy your sleep better.


Georges Benoliel

Georges has been working in Wall Street for the last 16 years trading derivatives with hedge funds. He has been an active real estate investor for over a decade. Georges graduated from HEC Business School in Paris and holds a master in Finance from ESADE Barcelona.

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