Designing Happy: Improving Mood with Scalamandre Fabric

Having a difficult time coming home after work? Is it harder to relax even when you’re in the privacy of your own home? Maybe it is time for some re-design! Grab your Scalamandre Fabric wallpapers and let’s explore how interior design can lighten your mood.

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Since the Ancients

Using your surroundings to influence emotions is not a new concept. This has already been utilized by the ancients—the Indians with Vastu Shastra, the Chinese with Feng Shui—but it is only a few years ago have we truly studied how interior design and psychology correlate.

Several studies have been done that shows the ability of elements of interior design to evoke and positively influence the emotions of people responding to it. These then open the gates to a wealth of methods one can influence the mood through design.

Here are a few tips that can, literally, brighten your mood!

  1. Let there be light
    How space is lit is important with regard to its overall ambiance. Natural sunlight washing through your windows has been proven to increase your serotonin levels—the so-called happiness hormones. This helps combat depression and lighten your mood.Get rid of heavy, dark curtains. Remove reflective surfaces which will bounce off sunshine instead of letting them through. Maximize natural light and see your emotions rise!
  2. Plant is life
    Sticking with the “natural” theme, plants are also a welcome addition. Many studies show that proximity to plants can not only improve your mood but also boost your concentration and memory retention as they help ease stress.In addition to that, plants are natural air purifiers. Having some in your home can do wonders with the air you breathe. What, you don’t have a green thumb? Don’t worry, there are plants like succulents and air plants that almost care for themselves.
  3. Colorful world
    What is design without color? Color has been used by various industries to elicit the response they need from consumers. From the food industry to advertising, to fashion, color has been known to set moods because of its various psychological effects. Some colors tend to evoke sadness while others can calm and relax your mind.If you intend on using colors, be sure to match the appropriate hues to the appropriate room in the house. For example, soothing neutrals relax and mellow your mind, which is perfect for your bedroom. On the other hand, loud and vibrant colors will work well in your office or outdoor space because of their energizing power!It is worthy to note, however, that the effect of colors is subjective and might be different to each person, so tune your environment according to your own vibe.
  4. Unload
    What was Albert Einstein’s famous quip?“If a cluttered desk is a sign of a cluttered mind, of what, then, is an empty desk a sign?”He might be talking about thinking of physics, not of interior design as how many times have you come home from a long day’s work and be surrounded with stuff—piles of useless (or maybe sometimes useful) objects scattered everywhere. With a vision like this, you are more likely to feel stressed and overwhelmed.Let’s follow the cue of minimalists and work on emptying our homes, retaining that which matters and are useful.

So start relaxing now. Do you know what will complete these steps? A Ralph Lauren wallpaper! Great! Shop now and start decorating your home happy!

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