Our homes can positively or negatively influence our quality of life just by how we experience the spaces within them. If our rooms are filled with things we love, and if pieces are arranged in a way that is pleasing to us, our homes can bring us great joy. If our spaces are cluttered and ill-arranged, we can experience frustration and stress. Here are some of the concepts that explain how this works:
Furniture and Space
Interior designers make use of a design concept called “Perception of Space.” This is the art and science of using visual tricks to alter how a space is perceived. To keep a space from feeling cluttered or cramped, which can bring moods down, designers will make changes to make it seem like there is more room when there isn’t. For example, the use of slim, small pieces can create an illusion of space without moving any walls. Large mirrors can enhance lighting and perceived depth of space can be created with wall hangings. These subtle changes can enhance the positive energy felt in a room by creating the illusion of space.
Furniture arrangement can also be used to affect the flow of a space. The flow is the term used to describe how people move through the space. It’s often compared to how a river flows around obstacles or traffic moves around bends on the freeway. For a good flow through a home, and thus a positive feeling, experts recommend a clear path from the entrance. Nothing should appear from the peripherals to be blocking one’s invitation into the home. Seating areas should be placed naturally from there to minimize odd turns or tight areas to squeeze through just to sit down. If the flow is not natural, the result is a disjointed feeling felt by residents and guests alike. Conversely, if a home’s furniture is too small for the space and is all tightly fitted to the walls, there is another type of problem with flow. It will feel cold, empty, and purposeless.
Finally, all furniture arrangements balance on what is called a focal point. A focal point is a piece that draws the eye and grounds the space so the other pieces can be arranged around it. Amish furniture pieces make for the perfect focal point in any room. Their solid wood strength creates a feeling of timeless beauty, and beauty positively affects moods.
Experts suggest that clutter in our living spaces can negatively impact our feelings at home, so it is best to eliminate as much of it as possible. If we don’t, we just end up rearranging it over and over, all the while continuing to experience unease and frustration. And “clutter” does not only imply piles of papers or dusty collections of knick knacks. Furniture, art, houseplants, and books—any of these, when arranged poorly, can cause an unpleasant experience.
Minimizing accessories down to only the items that bring positive feelings, and displaying those items on a few statement pieces of furniture will have a tremendous impact on the mood experienced in the home. We recommend Amish furniture pieces with built-in storage for anything that needs to be stored out of sight. Also, the hand-crafted quality of Amish made furniture makes for stunning statement pieces.
Keep in mind, it’s best to take into account the size of a room when downsizing or choosing furnishings. Pieces should be appropriately sized to the room. If the space is large, small pieces look sparse and out-of-place. If the space is small, but the pieces are large, it will feel cluttered even if there are only a few things around.
The design choices in our homes are another way to bring enjoyment to our time there. Our moods can be lightened by seeing smiling photos of ourselves and our loved ones prominently displayed around us. These subconsciously bring to mind good memories and feelings.
Arguably the most important design element, however, is color. Colors have long-been associated with moods. There have been many modern studies on the subject, but even in ancient cultures, colors became symbols of ideas that affected mood. For example, reds are stimulating and evoke passion and high energy. Yellows are cheerful and evoke light-hardheartedness. Greens are peaceful and oranges are happy. Colors in the home should be researched and chosen for the moods they can provoke.
Sights, sounds, and smells in our homes can enhance or detract from positive feelings we want to experience.
What we see—The best thing for us to see in our homes is light. Natural light in the day and warm, non-fluorescent light at night time are both wonderful for our moods. Windows should be kept clean and blinds or curtains should be chosen for how they enhance the desirable aspects of light, rather than for how they hide them. Inviting lights can even be installed in Amish furniture used for displaying favorite items, such as hutches and curios. This can add a warm kind mood lighting in the home.
What we hear—Unwanted noise in the home can be extremely stressful. Anything we can do to remove unpleasant noises and enhance the ones that bring us joy will help in this area. We may need to move the TV in a different room, install a water feature, or lube a squeaky fan—but whatever it is, we should take action to minimize the disturbing noises and increase the pleasant ones.
What we smell—There is a reason real estate experts suggest putting a batch of cookies in to bake during an open house. Smells can very subtly affect our moods. If we are enjoying the smells in our homes we are more likely to be experiencing positive moods as well. Candles, incense, and oils can all help in this area, as can blooming flowers in pots throughout the house. The smell of solid wood furnishings can also be a strong mood lifter.
The quality, size, and arrangement of furniture in a home can greatly affect a person’s mood there. We believe Amish made furniture pieces are ideal additions to any home, because they provide beautiful focal points, serve as statement pieces, and bring good things to our senses for years and years.