There are very few things that are as depressing as spending the majority of your time in a dark room. Unfortunately, with the current covid situation, that means that if your living room isn’t a bright and cheerful space, you’re probably feeling pretty run-down and miserable by now. If you are, that’s okay; these tips are designed to help you inject a little more light into your world, which will hopefully bring a bit of warmth and energy with it.
1. Get More Natural Light
The first port of call for your conquest to lighten your living room should be with natural light. Not only is it an incredibly important source of vitamin D, but studies have shown a link between regular exposure to sunlight and better mental health. Fortunately, there are a few ways you can improve your sunlight exposure and get to absorbing those golden rays.
If you haven’t got one, it might be worth installing a set of glass walls. Companies like Cover Glass offer various styles of glass doors and walls, and, honestly, there are very few ways you could get more light into a room than through an entire wall of glass.
Beyond that, make sure you keep your curtains open as often as possible and take regular breaks to soak in that sunny goodness outside.
2. Paint the Walls
Now that you have more sunlight blessing the inside of your living room, you’ll want to paint your walls to take advantage of all that light best. The color you paint your room has been shown to impact your mood, with darker colors causing a negative emotional reaction and brighter colors such as yellow or orange causing more upbeat and excitable emotions. That means you have some options, in terms of paint color, for how you want your living room to affect your mood.
If you wanted to feel calm and collected while working in your living room, then consider painting your walls with more pastel colors, such as light green or blue. You could even combine light green and blue for a calming room aesthetic, with sky blues walls spattered with green decals. On the other hand, if you wanted to feel pumped and excited about your work, then colors like orange and pink are more likely to help you on your way.
3. Get Artsy
One final way to help make your living room a brighter and more hospitable place is to add some art to your newly painted walls. By placing art throughout the room, you can make the space feel more personal. You can even add to the work you did to impact your mood by choosing art that fits with the color themes you wanted for your room.
If you were feeling particularly adventurous, you could even try to create your own art to line the walls. Studies have shown that the act of creating art can even be beneficial to your mental health, so you could give your mind and your living room a boost at the same time as you create lovely art to line your walls.
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