Tell us if this sounds familiar. You’re crashing on the sofa after a long, arduous day of work. You cast your eye around your home or your apartment, and there’s just something missing. You can’t quite put your finger on it, but something’s wrong. Your home has lost its edge. The familiar surroundings you take comfort in have become stultifying. You need to start working on your home to make it exciting and fresh again, or your work will overtake you and you won’t be able to relax.
Honestly, you’re not alone. Feeling bored with life is by no means an uncommon feeling, so you should never feel ashamed if that describes you. If it’s your home that’s getting you down – if you’re finding that space no longer makes you feel happy and comfortable like it used to – then there are ways you can address this. From the big to the small, it is possible to make your home feel fresh and new once again. Here are just some of the ways you can do that.
Custom Furniture And Rooms
Let’s start drastic. You can make your home feel fresh once again by completely overhauling the rooms within. If your old furniture arrangement is feeling staid, then why not refresh it totally? From custom kitchens to bespoke bedrooms and everything in between, there are lots of ways you can make the furniture in your room work for you. There’s no feeling quite like walking into a brand new kitchen and getting to work, knowing the configuration is something you’ve never seen before.
You probably won’t want to do this after a long day, but you’d be amazed at the effect it can have on your home. By cleaning up after yourself, you’ll see those old worktops glimmer and your beautiful furniture positively shine with new life. A clean home makes you feel happier and can even help to alleviate some of the milder symptoms of depression and other mental health problems. If you’re struggling, try to clean up and you’ll notice the difference.
Try a New Paint Job
One of the reasons you might be feeling down about your home is the colour scheme. Maybe you loved it when you first moved in but it’s just not inspiring joy any more. Maybe you’ve always hated it, but you’ve been so bogged down with work you just haven’t had the time to fix it. Change the colours in your home to something that suits your personality better and you’ll notice the difference instantly. Your mood will lift every single time you walk into rooms with the new colour scheme.
Install Some New Artwork
Analysing and understanding art is a pretty important skill. By installing new artwork in your home and challenging yourself to analyse it every time you pass it, you’ll be working your mental muscles and developing yourself every time you’re home. Try changing up the art you’re displaying for something a little more challenging and thought-provoking. Abstract art is great for this, as is the surrealism of artists like Dalí and Picasso.
Trust us – it sounds weird, but adding plants is actually one of the most positive moves you can make to bring a feeling of freshness to your home. Certain plants can remove toxins from the air around you, making it cleaner and fresher to breathe. Plants also regulate humidity in the room, which can make you feel cooler and more refreshed. Sprinkle plants fairly liberally around your home to revitalise it. Just remember to care for them or you might end up feeling worse.
Change The Lighting
Believe it or not, the quality and shade of lighting in a room can really transform our mood. Because of this, it’s very important to make sure the lighting you have installed isn’t making you feel worse. Try neutral shades and tones; don’t have lighting that’s too bright, but at the same time, don’t install lighting that won’t help you to see your surroundings. Dimmer switches are also an excellent idea, since this tech can change the lighting on the fly depending on your mood.
Get A New Bed
It’s true that making your bed affects your mood, but buying a new bed entirely can have a restorative effect on your home too. If your bed is lumpy and not giving you a good night’s sleep, that can contribute massively to feelings of irritability and not being able to relax at home. Don’t scrimp on sleep; it’s estimated that we spend around a third of our lives asleep, so you don’t want to negatively impact that number with a bad sleep schedule.
Add Some Accouterments
If you sprinkle some accessories and accouterments around the place, it can help to instil a sense of personality and uniqueness in your home. Whatever kind of sculpture you find yourself enjoying, make sure your home is replete with it. If you’re into traditional sculpture, try installing miniatures of classics like the Venus de Milo around your house. For more abstract fans, you could look to the Saatchis for inspiration.
Try To Spend More Time Outside
When you’re well-exercised, you’ll be glad for the chance to come back and recharge your batteries at home. If you’re just working, then coming home, then working, and repeating that loop, you’ll only foster a sense of resentment for a place that’s meant to be relaxing. Paradoxically, the less time you spend at home, the more you’ll find yourself appreciating the space. Absence makes the heart grow fonder, as they say, and nowhere is that more true than our own homes.