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Improving Your Mental Health By Addressing These 5 Interior Design Mistakes

(4 min read) These last two decades have truly been a gateway into the era of acceptance and tolerance. People have become more open-minded and as such more attuned with their surroundings. In the world of interior design, one thing has become more and more talked about – the link between your living space and your mental health.

Lots of natural light, greenery, art, color, and no excess clutter. Image source: Link 

If you are an interior design and decor buff, you are probably well aware of how interior design can have a profound impact on a person’s mental health and well-being. Needless to say, we are not mental health experts in any way, but we are always eager to give you some good advice on how you can improve your interior, and maybe help elevate your mood while at home.

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Greenery and light, that’s the way. Image source: Link  

1. Declutter, ASAP

After years of minimalistic off-white interiors, maximalism is coming back with a vengeance. Trust me when I say, no one is happier with this comeback than me, but even I have to warn – be careful!  Excess clutter can make your space stifling and claustrophobic without you even realizing it. That kind of atmosphere can create invisible tension and make your interior feel overwhelming. So take a trash bag and start removing and throwing away all of the things you aren’t likely to use in the foreseeable future.

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Maximalism style, but clutter-free. Image source: Link  

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Wisely maxed. Image source: Link  

2. Out with the doom and gloom

This one is really a no-brainer. The more natural light you let into your space, the more uplifting it will feel. If your windows are small you can use large mirrors with natural-wood frames to bounce the light around and make your interior look more open and vibrant. You can also take into account the color of your walls, so when you decide to repaint them use a color with a higher LRV percentage. The higher the Light Reflective Value your wall paint has, the more light it will reflect throughout your space. 

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Natural light to lighten up your mood! Image source: Link  

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Mirrors will successfully add more light to your space. Image source: Link  

3. Fakery is contagious

Incorporating natural elements into your interior can help reduce stress levels. So out with the fake and dry, in with the real and green. Any plants, flowers, and water features are welcome. Small self-serving fountains, lush Boston ferns, terrariums with or without inhabitants, seethrough vases with fresh flowers, etc. You can also use this particular segment to help with some other issues. For example, if you get headaches because you often work on your computer, you can buy a Peace Lilly Plant and place it next to your monitor to reduce electromagnetic radiation. If you often get allergies hang a decorative pot of English ivy and enjoy its benefits as it helps remove both mold spores and volatile organic compounds from your space.

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Tall plants and vases with fresh flowers will uplift any space. Image source: Link  

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Corners filled with rich greenery. Image source: Link  

4. Empty walls are needy walls

These days a large variety of mental health therapies includes creating art on the road to recovery. Having creative expressions that align with your stances and outlooks can significantly reduce both stress and anxiety. Our brains are simply wired to respond to patterns and assign various emotions to artworks and decorative elements. Humans are always drawn to creative beauty, so make sure your walls are sporting some uplifting artwork. Go for colorful glass mosaic which is both natural and vibrant, or for scenic photography of your favorite sites, or for oil painting that takes you to that happy memory you cherish so dearly. Go for art, you won’t be sorry. Solve your empty walls today. 

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Maximalist’s wall at its best. Image source: Link  

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Single and simple, yet immensely effective mosaic art addition. Mosaic Mural Design by Mosaics Lab.

5. Fifty Shades of Gray is SO 2015…

…and I’m not talking about JUST the movie. I know most homes share that almost uniform look. Either they are prevalently grey, or earthy, or pastelle, or (GOD forbid!) off-white. Well, newsflash boys, girls, and non-binary pals! Pops of color are necessary! They are a must! Sure, neutrals mimic nature, so they can be very calming and serene. But they can also end up being bland and passive. There is simply something to be said about throwing in an “active” color here and there. So add a sunny yellow pillow here and there, go for a bright floral mosaic backsplash in your kitchen, and add a lime-green fluffy rug to your living room. Choose a more saturated happy color and splash it around!

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Splashes of happy colors. Image source: Link  

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Easy to add happy yellow details. Image source: Link  

We all want to live in a safe space that makes us feel content and accepted, but chances are that there are always some things we can fix to help our mental well-being and mood. These are just some of the problems most interiors face and some ways to solve them. Feel free to tell us what helps you feel welcome and happy in your own home and maybe solve someone else’s interior problem while you’re at it.

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Improving Your Mental Health by Addressing These 5 Interior Design Mistakes.

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Improving Your Mental Health by Addressing These 5 Interior Design Mistakes.

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Improving Your Mental Health by Addressing These 5 Interior Design Mistakes.

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Improving Your Mental Health by Addressing These 5 Interior Design Mistakes.

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Improving Your Mental Health by Addressing These 5 Interior Design Mistakes.




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  1. adriana
    September 11, 2023 at 10:42 am

    I definitely would not have thought of a lot of these! Seeing them now, it makes sense! I loved reading this list and it’s definitely something to be mindful about. Thanks for sharing this!

  2. Reem
    September 11, 2023 at 2:42 pm

    Great insights on improving mental health through interior design! The article identifies common mistakes and offers practical solutions. It’s a valuable resource for creating a soothing and balanced living environment. Well done!

  3. Loraine
    September 12, 2023 at 12:27 am

    Decluttering was the best thing I could have done. It took us a few years but clearing out everything we didnt “need” made such a huge difference in our space.

  4. Emily Jilles
    September 12, 2023 at 7:00 am

    I really loved these tips. I actually think along these lines already. I can’t stand clutter, BUT I need my walls filled with art.

  5. Ellie Hope
    September 12, 2023 at 8:15 am

    We can’t avoid stress! So better to avoid all these 5 design mistakes. Thanks for sharing these with us!

  6. celerina
    September 12, 2023 at 10:59 am

    I think that your interior has a lot to do with your mental health. I like to see a few bright colours as they always make me feel happy.

  7. Vicky
    September 12, 2023 at 12:22 pm

    It’s heartening to witness the evolving perspective on the connection between living spaces and mental health. Our surroundings play a significant role in our overall well-being, and it’s great to see this aspect of interior design gaining attention. This blog post promises an exciting exploration of how our living spaces can positively impact our mental health.

  8. Sharon Berry
    September 12, 2023 at 12:29 pm

    Ahhh a clean space really helps the mental flow! And I think a little pop of colour definitely helps boost the mood. Great tips here!

  9. Stacy
    September 12, 2023 at 2:08 pm

    Your insights into common pitfalls and practical tips for avoiding them have already given me fresh ideas for my home decor.

  10. Victoria Prasad
    September 12, 2023 at 7:02 pm

    This was a delightful read! I think the two most important ones for me are decluttering and adding a pop of color!
    Clutter truly messes with my equilibrium!
    As for color, I am a big fan of natural tones but I know the value of mixing it up and adding some color once in a while!

  11. Virginia
    September 13, 2023 at 2:00 am

    I am always surprised on how much your enviroment has an effect on you mentally! Thank you for these tips – decluttering and adding color to my home made me feel so much better!

  12. Merinda Hall
    September 13, 2023 at 6:06 am

    I completely agree with this advice. Clutter can really affect mental health. A tidy, clutter free home can make us feel so much better.

  13. Sue-Tanya Mchorgh
    September 13, 2023 at 9:18 am

    I couldn’t agree more! This blog beautifully captures the ongoing cultural shift towards a more mindful and holistic approach to interior design. The connection between our living spaces and our mental well-being is becoming increasingly evident, and it’s heartening to witness how this awareness is influencing the way we create our homes. It’s a positive evolution that not only focuses on aesthetics but also prioritizes emotional and mental health, making our living spaces more nurturing and harmonious. Kudos to this insightful perspective on the changing landscape of interior design!

  14. Ms. Williams
    September 13, 2023 at 5:16 pm

    This is a very informative post about how home design can impact mental health. I’ve been decluttering lately and it’s improved my mental health.

  15. Jennifer Passmore
    September 13, 2023 at 5:30 pm

    I love the idea of adding fresh plants and a pop of color! I need to do that!

  16. Noni Nelson
    September 13, 2023 at 6:11 pm

    This article is a gem! It brilliantly connects interior design choices to mental health. The insights on avoiding common design mistakes are invaluable. It’s a thoughtful and practical guide for creating a soothing and harmonious living space. Keep up the fantastic work!

  17. Heather
    September 13, 2023 at 10:56 pm

    I love all of the colors here! I keep telling my husband clutter is not good for mental health but he doesn’t listen LOL!

  18. Laura
    September 14, 2023 at 5:04 am

    Your tips are great. I’m in the process of a huge declutter and selling a lot of my stuff on eBay. It’s turning useless stuff that I’ve carted all over the country into cash. 🙂

  19. Rosey
    September 14, 2023 at 5:40 am

    I probably declutter too much. That’s how I like it though, simplistic and clean looking. I have learned though, to embrace some color, which is surprisingly pleasant to me (I’ve always been more into whites and neutrals).

  20. Sam Lemon
    September 14, 2023 at 6:40 am

    I agree that your decor can affect your mental health, for me clutter and mess is the thing that affects me

  21. Kerry Cox
    September 14, 2023 at 10:57 am

    Great tips! Your living space can definitely have an affect on you. I enjoyed reading this.

  22. Sue Blake
    September 14, 2023 at 12:22 pm

    I couldn’t agree more! The connection between interior design and mental health is a topic that’s gaining well-deserved attention. Your blog post offers valuable insights for those of us who appreciate the impact of our living spaces on our well-being.

  23. Corina Vlada
    September 14, 2023 at 4:14 pm

    These are great tips and I can see how they would help mental health. Thanks and I will use some of them.

  24. Janine
    September 14, 2023 at 4:45 pm

    I think it is so important to de-clutter, they always says tidy home equals tidy mind!

  25. Cherie
    September 14, 2023 at 8:04 pm

    I adore these suggestions!! Decluttering is #1 with me and plenty of light. I love watching the sun come up in the morning. And no empty walls at my home.

  26. Patsy Brooks
    September 15, 2023 at 11:04 am

    I think these things are very personal to the individual and not necessarily right for everyone. For example I quite like the various shades of grey and it feels cosy in my space. But it is true that your interior can massively impact your mental health etc x

  27. Catherine
    September 15, 2023 at 2:11 pm

    Natural light is so important to me! it helps brighten up the space and helps with my mental health.

  28. Michelle R.
    September 16, 2023 at 2:09 pm

    I really need to put more things up on the walls. I’ve had them pretty bare. And I have recently been decluttering, too!

  29. Jenny Hambrook
    September 16, 2023 at 8:21 pm

    Thanks for the insightful article on how interior design can impact mental health. Your practical tips and explanations make it easy to understand. I’ll definitely consider these mistakes when decorating my space for a more calming environment. Great read!

  30. Jenny
    September 17, 2023 at 4:59 am

    We have been having a big declutter over the weekend, it’s so easy to accumulate clutter without realising it.

  31. Ronda Thomas
    September 17, 2023 at 6:44 pm

    Yes decluttering I find really helps my overall mental health and makes me feel lighter and more organised! These are all such great tips, thanks for sharing.

  32. Candy Hawn
    September 17, 2023 at 7:22 pm

    Interesting concepts for designing a space. I’ll look into them for my own.

  33. Denise Cr.
    September 18, 2023 at 3:42 am

    Such fabulous tips here which I will be incorporating into my home, I do have bright splashes of happy of colour but need more green plants and to declutter the rooms

  34. Sona Gupta
    October 13, 2023 at 3:31 am

    Very informative and useful post. Thanks for sharing.