9 Ways to Make Your Home Feel More Joyful
Give your house more happy energy with a burst of colour, a quirky collectible or the space to pursue a passion project
Rich, saturated hues can have a big effect on our mood, from calming blue to heart-thumping red. If joy is what you’re after, you might want to consider a shade of orange – this hue is associated with joy, happiness and social engagement.
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Channel that easy, breezy summer holiday vibe with a piece of furniture, an accessory or even a colour that reminds you of your favourite travel destination. A hammock (strung up indoors or out), ocean-blue paint, or an artwork featuring a scene you love make great visual reminders of a beach getaway.
What did you love to do when you were young? Whether it was building with Lego, playing pinball or making doll’s house furniture, there’s no reason you can’t pick up where you left off just because you’re all grown up.
Or perhaps you’ve picked up a new fun pastime along the way that deserves a bit more space. Embrace your playful spirit with a pool table in the garage, turntables in the dining room or a back garden mini golf course.
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There used to be a café I loved with a large outdoor area, and every nook and cranny was filled with funky planters made from things such as baths and sinks, all spilling over with blooms. The unusual gardening choices made visitors smile and always proved to be a good conversation starter.
Even if you don’t want to plant flowers in a bath, there’s something to be said for including a quirky piece somewhere in your home. It could be garden art, a grouping of family mementos in a shadow box frame, or a found object that you couldn’t resist picking up and bringing home. These interesting details get people talking and make your home really feel like you.
Whether you’re working on a book, trying to practise the piano more frequently, sewing a quilt or doing something else, giving your side project a dedicated space is bound to increase your joy. And if the tools you need to for practising or creating are within sight, you’re more likely to spend time using them.
No spare room? Even clearing away one corner to dedicate to your creativity can be enough, so don’t let a lack of space stop you.
Often when we move into a house, we automatically start using the rooms in the same way the previous inhabitants did – not because it’s necessarily what works best for us, but because we may not realise we have another option.
So if you’re short on space for a passion project (see No 5), consider whether there might be a room you could repurpose. For example, you could turn a little-used formal dining room into a library or craft room, or clean out the garage to make space for a home music studio.
Even if you’re not looking for space to use for your hobby, swapping rooms can be a fun way to shake things up at home. Swap your living room and dining room, so you can dine by the fire, or switch the breakfast table for a comfy reading chair where you can sip your coffee while the morning sunlight streams in.
Sometimes it’s the little things that can really lift our mood. The sign shown here is actually a creative art piece, but imagine how fun it would be to rig up something similar around your real doorbell!
Show off your sense of humour by hanging up a funny sign, installing a fairy door on a tree or skirting board, or choosing an unusual door knocker.
Something about eating outdoors makes any meal feel celebratory. And it doesn’t need to be grilled oysters and chilled wine – simply carrying your usual dinner plate outdoors can do the trick. Whether you have a garden or just a balcony, see if you can include a table and chairs so you can enjoy meals alfresco.
Colourful cut flowers and lush green plants add an extra element to a space that can’t help but make us feel good.
Pick up flowers whenever you spot a good deal and then divvy up the arrangement into smaller vessels to scatter throughout the house. Teapots, recycled bottles, jam jars – anything goes when it comes to floral arranging, as long as it brings you joy.
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