When you have trouble waking up and staying awake while in your home, your decor needs a refreshing makeover. You’ll be amazed at how bringing in a few bright accent pieces, scents, and pretty flowers can make you feel more energized and positive. Studies have shown that tips like these can even have a positive effect on those suffering from serious conditions like Seasonal Affective Disorder. By following this energizing home decor guide, you’ll stop dragging your feet through your house and start skipping down the halls.
Brightly Colored Accents
While painting your walls bright orange or yellow would certainly wake you up instantly and most likely keep you awake throughout the day, many homeowners tend to go with neutral wall colors. If you want to try using paint to boost your energy, you can always paint an accent wall. Bright yellow, orange, and red are the most energizing colors. For a less imposing color palette, decorate your home with vases, pillows, blankets, and flowers of the same colors. Yellow is sunny, optimistic, and bright, which makes our minds and bodies wake up quickly and stay awake longer. Orange is a color that many people either love or hate. If you love it, it is a fun, high-energy color that will keep you alert. Red is considered the most stimulating of colors and is said to improve energy levels and overall health in a variety of ways.
Have you ever noticed how spending even a few moments outside in the sun can wake you up? Our bodies are extremely sensitive to light and dark, and because we’re diurnal, we wake up when the sun is out. Keep your blinds or curtains open during the day to let in as much natural light as possible. Consider getting skylights or floor-to-ceiling picture windows installed to increase the amount of natural light your home gets. Sunlight will help you wake up and stay awake naturally.
When the coffee doesn’t seem to be working, try smelling the essential oil of an orange, a lemon, or a grapefruit. It may seem odd, but certain scents - especially citrus scents - can help us wake up instantly and naturally. Other scents like peppermint and rosemary can do the trick as well.
Hang Positive Photographs
Whether it’s you with your smiling family or happy little daisies, hanging positive photographs and artwork can help you stay positive and energized throughout the day. Any art that expresses success, energy, or happiness will work. Create an energetic wall of bright colors and motivational posters to keep you going all day long.