I have memories as a young child watching my grandmother perform a massive ritual every spring. Not only did she scrub her house from top to bottom, but she made seasonal decor changes. Bold colored rugs were rolled up and stored. She changed the bedding and window treatments from heavy fabric to light. The colors in the home went from bright to muted. In fact, the whole house’s decor was transformed from winter to summer, in every way imaginable. I remember thinking that it seemed like a lot of unnecessary work. I no longer feel that way. What changed?
Seasonal Decor Changes Can Bring Happiness
Over the years, I have watched clients and family members perform the same ritual and see the joy that it has brought them. My sister in-law’s face lights up just talking about putting out her winter area rug and the slipcover for one of her favorite chairs. She gets equally excited as summer approaches, and she pulls out her summer rug and accessories.
I now recognize the happiness that seasonal decor changes can bring and how it can keep your home from becoming stagnant to your eyes. Just as we get used to the smudges on the walls, we get use to our surroundings and fail to appreciate the beautiful things we have.
I remember hearing that a study was done and concluded that people who decorated their homes for Christmas were happier when their decorations were out than the rest of the year. I googled it, and found two interesting sites that claim this is true. If you would like to read more about the reasoning behind this, check out these two links.
- Putting up Christmas decorations earlier makes you happier
- Decorating for Christmas earlier makes you happier
“It does create that neurological shift that can produce happiness,” she said. “I think anything that takes us out of our normal habituation, the normal day in, day out … signals our senses, and then our senses measure if it’s pleasing or not.”Psychologist Deborah Serani quote from Today.com
If this is true, it supports my theory that surrounding ourselves with things we love makes us happy, as discussed in my post, INCORPORATE GOOD MOOD INFLUENCE INTO YOUR DECOR. Making seasonal decor changes, keeps our accessories that we love fresh in our eyes, so we are able to admire and appreciate them.
Change Decor Depending On Your Emotional Needs
Changing some decorative accessories is an opportunity to address our changing emotional needs. During different times of the year, we may need different things. I have noticed that during the dreary months of winter, I need more visual stimulation. I benefit from the addition of some fun pops of color in my otherwise neutral palette. During the summer, I need lighter, simpler tones. I can make a few changes with accessories such as throw blankets and decorative pillows to alter my environment to fit my emotional needs.
Don’t be afraid to experiment with color to see how it affects you. When I realized I needed more color in my neutral color scheme during the winter, I had to determine which shades would work for me. I tried different colored throw pillows on my sofa until I figured it out and ended up incorporating pops of gold. To me, gold and shades of yellow are cheery colors. It was just what I needed to get me through a bleak winter. If you want to learn more about color, Benjamin Moore has a lot of great information on their website.
Keep in mind that the seasonal decor changes you make do not have to be drastic to be effective. The idea is to move things around and switch things up from time to time. It keeps us from getting stale in our surroundings.
Ideas for seasonal decor changes
- Switch out decorative pillows.
- Switch out window treatments.
- Slipcover upholstered furniture.
- Rotate accessories in the room.
- Try a different furniture arrangement, trading items with ones from other rooms.
- Buy fresh flowers for yourself or cut some from your garden.
- Change the centerpiece on your dining table.
- Change place-mats and tablecloths.
- Add a throw blanket over your sofa.
- Display pictures and art on a picture ledge, so they can be changed without putting a hole in the wall.
- Decorate (tastefully) for all seasons and holidays.
Can you add any ideas for seasonal decor changes to my list? Let us know by leaving a reply below.
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