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Audrey's Decorating Tips

creating a happy healthy home

Article by Audrey Peterson

Photography by Audrey Peterson; GJ Lifestyle Staff

Originally published in Grand Junction Lifestyle

When someone says, “home,” what is the first thought that comes to mind? Comfort? Love? Security? Our homes are our environments. They either help or hinder our moods, the way we feel, how much energy we have, and can even influence the way we live our lives. We are all humans with an innate desire to feel loved, secure, and comfortable. If the spaces within our homes are organized, well-planned, and beautiful, they will initiate a positive impact, not only on our physiological needs, but also on our psychological needs as well. Creating an uplifting atmosphere in our homes is essential to our well-being.

How do I know if I’m picking the right color palette for my home?

Color can have a powerful effect on our emotions. Soft warm hues such as corals, oranges, and yellows will boost our mood, while cool muted hues like violets and blues offer relaxation and calming. There are so many colors out there to choose from, it can sometimes be overwhelming. However, you can never go wrong with choosing a favorite color. If your favorite color is vibrant, but you prefer neutral colors on your walls, use your favorite color as an accent color such as a small piece of furniture, throw pillows, or in some artwork.  If you want to go bold, add more vivid colors to your walls and let them set the mood for your space. Using your favorite colors in your home is sure to increase your happiness.

Are there popular colors or styles trending that I should be aware of?

One current trend is bringing nature indoors. Many people spent more time outdoors during the COVID-19 pandemic, and the colors and textures experienced in outdoor spaces are coming inside with them. Last year, Better Homes and Gardens introduced “Laurel Leaf” as their color of the year. It resembles the dusty green of eucalyptus leaves and invites soothing and healing emotions. This year, they revealed “Canyon Ridge” as their 2023 color of the year. It takes a new spin on terra cotta meant to capture pink desert sunsets and red rock cliffs. It evokes feelings of warmth, happiness, and cheer.

Adding some nature such as a living plant to your space can increase air quality and reduce stress levels. Plants that are easy to care for, such as succulents, orchids, or lucky bamboo, add life to any space and won’t suffer if you forget to water them every once in a while.

How can I increase the natural light already in my home?

Natural light plays a significant role in our mood and energy. Maximize the natural light in your home by keeping the windows free from obstructions such as heavy drapes or furniture. Install drapery rods that extend past the width of the windows so that when the drapes are open, they don’t cover any part of the window. This will allow as much light in as possible.

You can also place reflective surfaces such as mirrors or high gloss finishes near windows and the light will increase in the room as it reflects off these polished surfaces.

What are some quick and easy things I can do to update my space without breaking the bank?

A fresh coat of paint is one of the easiest and most cost-efficient ways to change the look of a room. Whether it’s adding an accent wall with a bright color, modifying your trim to a contrasting color, or simply painting everything the same color for a clean slate, changing the paint color will do wonders for reinvigorating your space.

Light fixtures can also have an impact on what your space looks like and most styles can be found at all different price points including budget-friendly options. Swapping out an outdated light fixture for something you like or that is more modern, will help revamp the room without a lot of cost or time.   

If there is one thing to splurge on, what should it be?

Splurge on quality. Anything that is a high-touch or high-use item can be a candidate for a splurge item. For instance, dining room or kitchen chairs, sofas or sectionals, desk chairs, or appliances. Dining room or kitchen chairs need to be well built and sturdy to handle all the movement and stress they are put under each day. Seating areas where the family gathers regularly need to give support and have durable fabrics that wear well. Desk chairs should be comfortable and ergonomically correct to help with posture, especially if you are working at home and sitting for long periods of time. Dependable appliances such as dishwashers, washers, and dryers are critical to the smooth functioning of daily routines.

Putting more money towards these items will save you in the long run as they won’t need to be replaced as often and quality brands have proven to stand the test of time.

  • Audrey Peterson