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Live in a good home environment

Updated on May 30, 2017

It has become increasingly important to have a nice environment set up in your home, for your own sake and your family.

Studies have shown that the levels of stress in families living with furniture arrangements that limit mobility and lack nice color tone harmony tend to be higher than those with ample room to walk and with visually appealing colors and contrasts.

To also consider, untidy spaces where "stuff is everywhere" or poorly lit rooms contribute to a loss of "living ease", though is hard to be aware of it sometimes.

So how can we make sure we have a good environment in our house? The first step is to think about the actual space we have to work with. There is no easier way to end up with a cramped up room that ignore the dimensions of the room that we are buying furniture for.

For instance, if we are furnishing a living room that is 16 x 20 feet we want to have a central living room table that is no bigger than 4 x 6; this way, we have plenty of room to include good comfortable pieces of furniture that complement the style that you chose.

A nice living room with balanced furniture choices
A nice living room with balanced furniture choices

It is imperative that people can extend their legs comfortably when sitting, that people can move with ease throughout the space, and that light is not overwhelming, like sun hitting you straight in the face or the opposite, not enough light to accomplish the possible actions for a given room, like reading in a living room with magazines on the coffee table.

Calm bedroom
Calm bedroom
High energy bedroom
High energy bedroom

Another key aspect to pay attention to is color.

To start, do an online search for color palettes to begin getting familiarized with hues and tones that go well together, and more importantly, to understand what makes you feel relaxed and happy. In general, try to avoid “hot colors” like red and yellow which have shown to increase the blood pressure of individuals in some studies. Green appears to have a calming effect in most everyone. Read more about the psychology of colors.

Remember that your family and visitors will respond to the environment they are in, so give them a nice place to relax and feel comfortable and you'll be able to enjoy the good energy you get from them.

In the example pictures, we can see a pleasant and calming bedroom with light and subtle earthy colors. Notice the contrast with the high energy caused by the red wall and the other powerful colors on the second picture.

Following is a table depicting how people generally respond to colors. Of course, note that each individual will have their own particular responses to certain colors.

Matrix of arousal by color
Matrix of arousal by color | Source

The reactions people have with color can be very subtle so don't underestimate the role they play. The best way to find out if you made the right choices is to wait and see how people feel living in their new environment. They may not notice but you will if you get to observe them at home for even a short period of time. Keep in mind that different cultures, upbringing, age, social status, might affect the way color is perceived.

Give these tips a try and see how your mood improves at home!


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    • C_Pinto profile image

      C_Pinto 8 years ago from USA

      Thank you myownworld! You are one of my favorite hubbers!

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      myownworld 8 years ago from uk

      Great tips...that pic was of a room out of dream! Welcome here and great to see you've build your own 'niche.'Best of luck with everything..:)

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      hearts74 8 years ago

      just the info I was looking for. Keep up the good work

    • C_Pinto profile image

      C_Pinto 8 years ago from USA

      Thanks guys. I'm glad you liked my tips ;)

    • Steve R McDowell profile image

      Steve R McDowell 8 years ago from Atlanta

      Indeed, these do seem like good tips, and things that I haven't thought about much before

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      wrenfrost56 8 years ago from U.K.

      Good sound advice. :)