Don’t be SAD

Posted by on Nov 16, 2017 in Blog | 0 comments

Don’t be SAD

Decorating can reduces Seasonal Affective Disorder. Redecorating your home can make a big difference in the quality of light there and may help contribute to improving the symptoms of seasonal affective disorder. The level of light in a room is not just determined by light through windows and skylights but also by how much is reflected by the surface of the walls and ceilings. The percentage of light which reaches a surface and is reflected back from it is called the reflectance. This percentage is higher with a white and cream walls, 60 to 70% and is much lower with darker colors which absorb available light. Pale shades will be about as effective as white and can give a room a warmer feeling. Choose lighter accessories and furniture too along with adding cool colors. Mirrors are a great addition along with lamps to brighten things up.


Look around your home to invite direct sun, color and clean lines into the space. The National Institute of Health reports that natural light improves mood and energy, so open the curtains and raise the blinds. The science of using color to boost well-being, called chromotherapy, has been around for centuries and also is extremely helpful in healing depression. Take a look at your existing color palette of your home. Is it outdates, bland, or even washed out? Try introducing color by scattering candles in varied hues which will invite different colors to brighten your room.


A study from Intelligent Buildings International shows that clean lines, open areas and uncluttered space promote relaxation, so try to keep your home tidy. Not only can cleaning, in itself be therapeutic, but once your home is clean, it allows you to place less worry about the organization of your space, as it will already look and feel clean and tidy.


SAD can be alleviated by exposure to a suitable artificial light source that mimics sunlight. Exposure of the retinas to this light seems to be important; the therapeutic mechanism may involve brain chemistry (neurotransmitters) affected by this exposure. There is at least some scientific basis for the idea that light can improve an individual’s health and well being – in turn Interior Decorating to Fight Depression

Earthy greens, soft purples, and rich blues has all been proven to enhance your space and deplete depressive states. Blue light calms the nerves and contributes to reducing depression.  Red increases the potency and physical strength, while violet rejuvenates us with the help of hormones of that color, such as melatonin.


Bring green plants to your environment. Gardening has been proven to be therapeutic for many individuals. Bring your plants inside for inspiration or create a garden out back and create your own tranquil space.

These tips are easy to accommodate for the outcome of a less-depressing and more enjoyable home this winter. If you can dedicate a few minutes daily to them, very soon you will feel more energetic, invigorated, and happier than you’ve ever felt.

Love the home you live in!