THE FLOW OF A HOME
Often upon entering a home, you can immediately get insight into the personal tastes of the owners and how they feel about the space where they live. Small details including furnishings, lighting and even the fragrance can tell a personal story. A rustic space, for example, may convey a warm and woodsy feel, while a sleek and contemporary room may feel more urban and sophisticated. No matter how you decide to style your home, the most important factor is ensuring that it fits your personal style and is uniquely your own.
One of the more noticeable things in any room is the lighting. Dim and moody or bright and bold, lighting can affect emotions in a space making it one of the most important elements to consider when decorating a home. Research published in the Journal of Consumer Psychology, shows that bright lighting can heighten both positive and negative emotions in individuals. For this reason, you may want to think about the purpose of a room before deciding what kind of lighting you want to incorporate. Bright lights may be discouraged in rooms where you expect to wind down or relax, such as a bedroom, however if you’re hoping to be more alert, maybe in a designated a work space, brighter lighting could jumpstart your productivity. In most cases, experts and interior designers recommend installing dimmer switches to provide endless options for lighting, regardless of your mood or the tasks at hand.
Often said to be closely linked with memories, scents can also affect the mood of a space. The smell of a freshly cut rose or a whiff of a freshly baked apple pie can often be reminders of moments in time. Fragrance can also add a unique character to a space, transforming a standard den or bathroom into a tropical getaway or a crisp countryside retreat. To find a signature scent for your home, consider the occasions that will occur in each room. For a party atmosphere, in a living area or den, consider a happy or spirited fragrance that gets noticed like dragon fruit or citrus to set a lively tone. In kitchen areas, avoid overpowering floral scents and opt for flavorful aromas like pear, apple and pumpkin.
Some of the most inviting homes have color palettes that flow effortlessly from room to room. Although it may be trendy to choose “the paint color of the year” to decorate a space, it’s perfectly fine to opt for classic colors that convey a desired mood. Color experts believe that blue is a calming color that evokes feelings of relaxation and it has been proven, in some cases, to lower blood pressure. Other soothing tones include pink, violet and green, which has been said to control anxiety and clear the mind. For a livelier environment, try orange or yellow tones for a burst of energy. These colors may reduce fatigue and stimulate memory, making them ideal colors for a bathroom (adding a jolt of vitality for sluggish mornings) or anywhere you might need your mind to be extra sharp.
Overall, every space is unique and should be tailored to fit your personal tastes and preferences including all those special details that make it a place to call home.
To view the full article, take a look at the feature in the March 2019 Luxury Portfolio magazine.