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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.

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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.

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Decorate Responsibly and Feel Good About What You Put In Your Home

It is easy to get caught up in designing our perfect home and forget to decorate responsibly. When selecting our plush rugs, designer fabrics, and other home furnishings, we should be mindful of the business practices of the manufacturers and stores that we are patronizing.

Decorate responsibly buy buying goodweave certified rugs as shown in photo
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Buy Rugs that are GoodWeave certified

Decorate responsibly by being an educated consumer

Fair trade Certified ™  and GoodWeave Certified ™  rugs are two great labels to look for when shopping. They often tip the scale for me when making decisions. When I see those labels on products, I know I can feel good purchasing them.

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Fair Trade Certified 

Fair trade is a global movement made up of a diverse network of producers, companies, shoppers, advocates, and organizations putting people and planet first.

quoted from https://www.fairtradecertified.org/why-fair-trade

One thing you can do to decorate responsibly is to shop Fair Trade Certified ™  products. Fair Trade ensures that companies pay workers fair wages, and that they have safe working conditions. In addition, Fair Trade means that the company is environmentally friendly. You can check out stores, brands, and products before you purchase from them by using this link. When you purchase a home product that is Fair Trade Certified ™ you can feel good about putting it in your home.

GoodWeave Certified  

When purchasing rugs, look for ones that are GoodWeave Certified. GoodWeave is an organization that is working towards ending forced and child labor globally. A business has to meet specific criteria in order to become GoodWeave Certified. Furthermore, GoodWeave makes regular surprise visits to all production facilities to verify the company’s compliance. I have noticed that Target sells GoodWeave Rugs. Knowing that their store is ethically aware, makes me more comfortable purchasing any product there, in addition to rugs.

look for goodweave  certified rugs to decorate responsibly
GoodWeave labels can be found on the bottom side of area rugs

If you read Design to be Happy, you know that this site is all about creating look-good and feel-good spaces. Now taking care to decorate responsibly we can also feel great about what we put into our homes.

Additional Resources To Learn More

I was first made aware of some of the unethical business practices that take place around the world by attending a Human Rights Lecture. Follow the link to view it. I had no idea that child labor, forced labor, and bonded labor still occurred. These labor practices are all considered a type of modern day slavery.

The sad truth is that slavery is in every industry, and we may be unknowingly supporting it. To learn more about this, go to slaveryfootprint.org. They have a survey that you can take, which asks you about your purchasing habits and in the end, will let you know your impact and slavery footprint.

Another good resource to help you buy slave free products can be found at http://www.endslaverynow.org/act/buy-slave-free . They have a product guide that can be downloaded. You will also find links to companies that produce products made from slave survivors. Supporting these companies will keep slave survivors employed and prevent them from becoming victims again.

The first thing you can do to help is to spread awareness. I believe many people have no idea about these issues. Use the social media buttons below to share this post on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram because together we can make a difference.