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Commonly Overlooked Interior Design that Negatively Affects mood at Home

When one thinks of home, it should be a place that makes you feel calm, happy and at peace. However, this isn’t the case for everyone. Do you experience uneasiness or perhaps feel a sense of overwhelming anxiety at home? If so, you could be making some common home décor mistakes that impact mood in a negative way. Check the list below for some typical issues and the best ways to resolve them to make yourself feel at home again.

1. Clutter

Have you seen houses of those that are overcrowded and cluttered as far as the eye can see?

Having too many items around the house will “bombard” the mind with visual stimuli instead of creating a peaceful, balanced environment. All senses work in overdrive, which isn’t something you need when you already lead a hectic life. In addition, clutter creates feelings of guilt and shame and prevents you from relaxing fully and it signals to your brain that you need to do something about it.

Not all is lost, as its very easy to remedy this clutter issue. Make sure you take unutilized space into consideration, as every such space may just be enough for an additional storage area.

2. Too many Sharp Edges

Jagged edges, especially if they overpower the design, can create anxiety. A study published in 2017 shows that the vast majority of people feels better and more relaxed in rooms where curves rather than edges are dominant. In short, too many sharp edges create an angular, somewhat aggressive design. It’s not as welcoming as a room that features curves and rounded objects. Obviously, you can’t create design without some straight, sharp lines.

The solution however, is simply balancing the presence of ergonomic furniture, rounded vases and containers (like flower pots, for example) and even rounded light fixtures. As curves have the power to soften the design, the softness will be translated by the brain as cosy and welcoming.

3. No Artistic Furniture or Decorations

Some people decide not to feature any art at home because they simply don’t know how to pick the right painting or sculpture. Art, however, plays a very important role in home décor. It isn’t just visual. Artwork provokes emotional responses and various interesting studies suggest just how powerful it can be.

Viewing art recreates the same emotions as being in love, a University College London study suggests. Artwork that you enjoy causes a surge of feel-good hormones, reducing anxiety and stress. In fact, the power of art is immense when used in hospital settings, it can decrease pain responses and contribute to faster recovery.

The type of art itself isn’t that important as long as it makes you feel good by just looking at it. Explore different genres, contributing to the unique room design as diversity can easily be achieved by featuring different kinds of art that complement each other.

4. Little to no Natural Light

A dark, poorly lit room will instantly make you feel gloomy, won’t it? The same applies to rainy days and grey skies – the absence of sunlight has the power to instantly ruin your mood. This is because exposure to sunlight increases the production of serotonin, a hormone that improves mood and helps for calmness. In the absence of natural light, serotonin levels go down and this phenomenon is linked to increased risk of seasonal mood disorders and even major depression.

Even if you don’t have large windows at home, there are ways to make rooms feel brighter and more cheerful. There are light bulbs meant to replicate the colour and temperature of sunlight. Full-spectrum light bulbs are the ones that come closest to what the sun gives us. In addition, you can make rooms brighter by featuring light colours, mirrors and glossy surfaces. All of those maximise available light and improve its presence throughout the flat.

These are some of the obvious issues that can impact mood, anxiety and overall wellbeing. But there are some subtler mistakes leading to issues with your home environment. Did you know that something as simple as cramming too many family photos in a small space can make you feel stressed out? The same applies to ignoring the importance of texture, featuring too many electronics in your relaxation spaces and even keeping lots of books you no longer enjoy.

Interior designers know how these subtle choices can have a negative impact. Hence, working with a professional is the easy way to bring happiness and balance to your home.


At Dreamakers Interior we believe that every space has the potential to become unique, harmonial and beautiful. We are proud of what we do and are prepared to work overtime to guarantee that you are satisfied with the way your space looks. From full-scale projects to small renovations, we invite you to take a look at our gallery and see what we have done. Below are some of our favorite projects. If you need professional help for design conceptualization or space planning, let us know

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