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7 Secrets to a Happy Home

Feb 10 2016 - 5:10am

You might feel like the happy bug is everywhere recently thanks to the Pharrell song you've heard [1] a million times. But we like to think happiness translates beyond a catchy tune and is even more meaningful when you feel it in your home. Yeah, it sounds cheesy, but a cheerful space with good juju is the best thing you can do for yourself — even studies and surveys back that up [2]. How, exactly, do you curate a home that makes you smile? Let's find out!

Source: Domino [3]

Think Yellow

Did you know? People feel happy around the color yellow [4] because it's a cheery hue that promotes creativity and communication. If you don't feel like, say, painting an entire room yellow, incorporate the vibrant shade through accents, flowers, and even lemons.

Source: Domino [5]

Make Small Tweaks

Bored with how your place looks? Totally normal! But you'll want to do something about it, considering that rearranging furniture or accents [6] elicits happiness and positive emotion. We're not talking dramatic changes, either — it can be as effortless as these simple home switch-ups [7].

Source: Flickr user decor8 holly [8]

Get Organized Stat

No secret here: a happy home is one free of major clutter. Get creative when it comes to organizing, and turn your storage into home decor [9]. For instance, we love the idea of using vintage ashtrays to keep your favorite jewels.

Photo: Lisette Mejia

Hang Cheerful Art

OK, this one's a little more obvious, but it's so true! Frame and hang whatever makes you smile [10], be it a funky poster, a picture your niece drew for you, a vintage photo of your parents, magazine pages, or postcards from your travels. There's nothing like starting and ending a day with seeing pieces that boost your spirits.

Let Light In

Bad lighting equals sadness, and that's no exaggeration. That's because the right light has a major impact on not only how your space looks, but also how it feels. Sometimes changing a fixture will work wonders in a drab room — other times it's just about easy optical illusions that add instant brightness [11].

Source: Domino [12]

Embrace the Whimsy

Step away from the catalogs! Get happy in your home by adding pieces that reflect your unique personality. A couple of ideas: decorate with flea market finds [13] that no one else has and collections from your travels [14]. Even touches like furniture with curved edges [15] will make a difference.

Source: Domino [16]

Add a Touch of Nature

The absolute easiest way to happify your space? Stopping by your local market and picking up flowers and plants. If you don't believe us (how could you not?), studies prove that nature improves your emotional health [17]. Designer and author Justina Blakeney [18] expressed it best when she said, "The life in the house — people, pets, and plants — make a house a home." Hear, hear!

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