Good food, constant exercise, more time to spend with family: the typical New Year’s resolutions that lead to healthier, more satisfying lives. While these resolutions are certainly important and worthwhile, one aspect of wellbeing that is often overlooked is the home environment. Between time at home and time in the office, most people spend more than 95% of their life indoors. And our environment undoubtedly affects how we think, feel, and respond to other people. If you’re looking for ways to get healthy this year – without going to the gym – change things up a bit and make some adjustments that will drastically improve your personal life in 2017.
Untangle your space
Before going to the gym, before making a salad, before calling your mom, the first thing you should do in 2017 is debugging. We all have too much stuff. Even the self-proclaimed minimalist in your life likely has at least one trash drawer full of used batteries. Try to find a piece of furniture in each room that you can either remove or shrink to take some pressure off your home. Whether you donate it, give it away or sell it, just let it go.
And when you’ve tidied up your home, check out our guide to remodeling your home with the furniture you already own.
Roll out a fresh coat of paint
One of the easiest ways to improve your personal life is to make sure you are getting enough natural light. If you have an area of the house that feels a little dark or cavernous, consider getting a coat of paint to start the new year. A semi-gloss gray, white or pastel can brighten up your room considerably. Check out the before and after pictures in this New York apartment to see the difference a fresh coat of paint can make.
Light and mood are inextricably linked. Being able to change the lighting in your home is a simple setting that can have a huge impact on how you feel. So install dimmers on your larger lights. Dimmer light can help you create a more ethereal, relaxed atmosphere, while brighter, more radiant light can help you focus and focus. We installed dimmers in this SoHo duplex to create a range of fluctuating moods throughout the house.
Get some plants
If you’re looking for evidence that lighting affects our habits and moods, then you’ve come to the right place with plants. While we can be different from our green little friends, both humans and plants respond to ambient light, and plants are a great way to give your home a wellness boost. As with sourcing furniture, opt for a variety of plants and mix and match sizes, shapes, and styles. Check out how we placed plants in this Westchester family home.
Hang some art
If plants are too easy to care for for your lifestyle, consider decor that has similar effects without wasting time. One of the easiest ways to decorate your home is to add art. And if you’re spicing up your home with killer work, you don’t have to go to an auction house. Whether you are looking for something abstract, geometric or representative, there are a variety of services that allow you to buy art online at an affordable price – Saatchi Art is a one-stop shop for our designers. Check out how we filled this luxury San Francisco apartment at the Four Seasons with colorful abstract pieces to create a modern yet colorful and comfortable feel.
Add pops of color
And if you’re looking for ways to mix your new artwork and existing furniture together, it’s a good idea to add pops of color to your home. Not only does it create a structured presence and palette, but it can also help lighten your mood. An overload of colors can be stressful and chaotic, but a single colorful object in any room can really burst against a neutral background. Take a cue from our Greenwich Estate renovation and sprinkle a bit of color into every room in the house.