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The Incredible Power of Seasonal Decor Changes

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.

Photo by Irina Iriser on Pexels.com

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.

seasonal decor changes can include removing everyday decor and replacing it with holiday decorations.

“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

Seasonal decor changes demonstrated with a bright floral picture leaning on white dresser.
Find ways to add pops of color to brighten things up during dreary winter months.

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.

This summer centerpiece can be transformed for fall buy changing the shells to pine-cones.

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.

I would like to thank everyone who shared my post, DECORATE RESPONSIBLY AND FEEL GOOD ABOUT WHAT YOU PUT INTO YOUR HOME. I was thrilled to see it shared so many times.

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paint colors being rolled on a wall

Personality Types and Colors; this is so cool!

Do you think that there is a correlation between personality types and color? More specifically, do you think a personality test could determine what colors you should decorate your home with? I am talking about the colors that you would be the happiest living with.

Believe it or not, I always wondered if there was a connection between personality types and color. So my excitement was through the roof when I came across Domino’s post, What Paint Color to Choose Based On Your Myers-Briggs Personality Type. I was curious to see if there was any truth in this. My results blew me away!

Sample of the Myer Briggs test
Test sample for determining personality types

I am a cross between 3 personality types. Which I think and hope is normal. The three personality types did seem to fit different facets of me. I wrote down my results and then read the Domino’s blog to see what colors they recommended for me. Two of the colors that Domino’s blog said were best for me are presently the main colors in my home. The third is one that I have been planning to use for my bedroom which I want to change up a bit. Isn’t that wild? My personality color results were spot on.

It only took 15 minutes

I am dying to know if you will find the results amazing as well. The whole process of taking the test, reading the results and then comparing them to the Domino’s blog took me 15 minutes. It was interesting to read the personality test results and in a way, fun to do.

Personality Types and Color: What do you think about your results?

I used a different site to take the test than Domino’s recommended. I found my link easier to navigate. Also, It did not require me to register to take the test and get the results. Here is the link I used for the personality test. What are you waiting for? Please let me know if you think your results were accurate by leaving a reply below. 

If you want to learn more about picking a paint color read Why is picking a white paint color so tricky?

Design To Be Happy, What Does That Mean?

When we design our homes, we should design to be happy. Of course we want our homes to look good and be beautiful but we NEED our homes to also feel good. Designing a look good, feel good space, what does that mean?

Flowers illustrate how you can design to be happy
Flowers can brighten a room.

First, let me explain by sharing a story.  One summer, a few years back, I was having one of those days. I tossed and turned all night, up a few pounds on the scale, coffee pot overflowed, topped off with a dead battery on my car. Nothing terrible, just small things that were going wrong. On top of that, it was late August, and it had been raining for days. Normally, a day or two of rain I can tolerate. But when a week goes by and I haven’t seen the sun, it plays on my mood. I found myself struggling to fight the blues and losing. Just at my breaking point, my daughters came home and surprised me with a bouquet of sunflowers, and everything changed. The sunflowers triggered a realization that made me begin to look at Interior Design differently.  

Suddenly I realized, that our homes should look good but they should also make us feel good. The bouquet of sunflowers my daughters gave me were stunning. I remember feeling happy as I arranged them in a beautiful vase and sat them on my kitchen counter. Those flowers brightened the whole room. Maybe that is one reason why the tradition of sending flowers to people who are sick was started. They truly are spiritually healing. 

Afterwards, I thanked my girls and said, “How could anyone with sunflowers be in a bad mood? They are such a happy flower!”  Then every time I walked into my kitchen and saw those flowers, I was hit with a feeling of joy. As a result, my bad mood magically vanished. Then, a light bulb went off in my head. We can manipulate our environment to give us what we need. In other words, we can design to be happy!

Foyer with paintings of animals that were done by family members illustrate one way you can design to be happy.
These paintings were done by friends and family and hang in the foyer of my vacation home. They make us smile when we walk in.
Foyer with paintings of animals that were done by family members Foyer with paintings of animals that were done by family members illustrate one way you can design to be happy.
Add items that make you smile to your decor.

DESIGN IS NOT ONE SIZE FITS ALL

With this personal experience, the idea of creating a home environment that would add smiles to my day and happiness to my life was born. Subsequently, I paid attention to how different furnishings, colors and accessories elicited different emotional responses from me. Therefore, I began making appropriate changes in my home as a result.  I began designing to be happy.

Pay attention to how different colors make you feel.
photo by David Pisnoy on Unsplash

Design choices are personal. For example, I may feel the color white is clean and pure. You may feel white is boring. Benjamin Moore has a lot of information about the psychology of color. Design is not a one size fits all process. Design choices take some self-reflection but the results are extremely rewarding.

Creating a home you love is a journey and a mind set. In other words, there is a specific way of thinking that you can learn and as a result you will make better personal design choices. Most importantly, you need to train yourself to be in tune to your environment.

Design 2 B Happy

I recommend reading a previous post, GET STARTED CREATING YOUR HAPPY PLACE AT HOME , which explains the steps of the design process that needs to happen first for you to determine what important things need to be considered when coming up with a design plan. Then once you know what things need to be incorporated into you home you can take steps to make that happen. Also, 10 EASY LOOK GOOD FEEL GOOD IDEAS FOR YOU HOME, YOU CAN DO TODAY are small things that you can do to add some “feel good” to your home.

Home should be your happy place

WHAT TO EXPECT FROM FUTURE DESIGN TO BE HAPPY POSTS

I will talk about how to create a home that is perfect for you, aka design your happy place In other words, how different things make you feel, along with your likes and dislikes. Some future posts will discuss:

  • How to make design and decorating choices that are right for you
  • Decorating pitfalls and how to avoid them (they are not what you think)
  • Decorating for your authentic self
  • The correct way to think about function and how small changes can greatly improve it in our home
  • How to make yourself more comfortable in your home
  • How to add more “feel good” to your home

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Please comment below to share your thoughts and or favorite things you have incorporated into your home that make you happy.

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Get Started Creating Your Happy Place at Home

Home should be your happy place.

How do I Create my Happy Place?

 

Before you begin creating your happy place, think about Disney. All Disney park lovers know that it is an experience like none other. In the first place, the park is designed to have something for everyone. As soon as you walk in, you have crossed a threshold to something magical. Not only has Disney has thought of everything but they have polished every detail. Even my nose is happily entertained with the sweet smells seemingly coming from the restaurants. I remember hearing that these smells are artificially generated to enhance the park’s guest experience. I bring this up because I want you to think of your home environment as an experience.

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