Home remodeling has become more popular than ever thanks to channels like HGTV and the popular shows they put out. But, making home improvements is more than fun – it can actually be good for your mental health.
Studies have shown that DIY projects can improve your mental well-being, whether it’s a major renovation or a small upgrade that takes a day. People are still spending a lot of time at home because of the pandemic and the rising popularity of remote work. So, home remodeling projects are likely to remain popular.
Whether you’re looking for a boost in your mental health, a way to de-stress, or just want your living space to reflect your positive attitude, a home remodeling project can improve your mental wellness right away.
Let’s check out some of the ways you can detox your home with remodeling projects, and how they can impact your mental health.
Make Changes With Color Psychology
Did you know that the color(s) in a room can impact the way you feel?
Color psychology is often used in marketing and advertising to influence people’s perceptions and spending habits. But, it can also be used in your home to affect your mood. Utilizing different paint colors in each room can create individual environments throughout your home, so you can evoke specific emotions from room to room. Not sure which colors are right for each room? Keep some of the following suggestions in mind:
- Yellow – Can evoke happiness and cheer, and works well in kitchens
- Blue – Helps to calm you down and feel less stressed, making it perfect for bedrooms
- Red – It’s a bold and intense color that can help to spark conversations in living rooms
- Green – Great for home offices, as it can boost productivity
You don’t need to paint entire rooms to take advantage of color psychology. Try hanging pieces of artwork or using throws or accent pillows for a pop of whatever color you desire.
If you do decide to paint, make sure to keep things like lighting, existing furniture, and decorations in mind. The colors you choose should enhance the look and feel of a room, not clash with what’s already there. Take home as many paint samples as you can to get a better idea of which colors will work best.
Follow the Latest Trends
If you’re into home renovation trends, you’re not alone. In 2018, home improvement in the U.S. totaled over $350 billion. Trends tend to come and go, but some of them stick around for a reason. You can find trends that speak to you by watching renovation shows or looking online.
When you do find a renovation idea you like, don’t be afraid to “take the plunge” and try it! When you do, you’ll enjoy mental health benefits like increased productivity, less stress, and even a greater sense of self-esteem and confidence as you take on a challenge.
Some of the most popular home design trends of the moment include:
- Earth tones
- Mid-century modern accents
- Kitchen art
- Beautiful outdoor spaces
You don’t have to follow the latest trends to make changes to your home. But, they can help to spark some creativity and give you the motivation to get started. Working on a project you’re excited about can help with symptoms of depression, and can keep your mind off of anxious thoughts and worries. While it isn’t a “cure-all” or the ultimate solution to mental health issues, it’s a healthy and effective way to cope.
Reduce Your Stress With Smaller Projects
We’re living in an uncertain and stressful time. But, your home should be your safe haven, and a place where you feel comfortable and relaxed. If yours doesn’t currently feel that way, think about remodeling projects that might change that.
It might be something as simple as decluttering your space. Install some shelves or other storage options throughout your house to keep things clean, and you’ll instantly feel less overwhelmed.
Or, maybe you’re stressed about your financial situation. While many home remodeling projects can feel like investments, they’ll save you money in the long run. For example, installing new faucets or low-flow toilets throughout your house can save you a lot of money on your water bill. New windows can cut down on your heating and cooling bill. New appliances will reduce your overall energy consumption. It will only take a few months for you to start to see the savings, so you can stop worrying so much about money.
Everyone deals with stress. But, if it’s negatively impacting your mental health, you can take charge with a few smaller home improvement projects that can make it easier to relax in the comfort of your own home.
Any of the projects suggested here can promote relaxation and mental wellness. So, whether you love following the latest trends or you’re just looking for a way to stay productive at home, consider tackling a home remodeling project as an effective form of self-care.
Frankie Wallace is a freelance writer in Boise, ID. Ever since graduating the University of Montana with a degree in English, she spends her spare time gardening and cuddling with her cat, Casper.
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