5 design tips for a happy home (guest post)

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Your home is supposed to be a safe haven, a peaceful and serene place where you can escape the troubles and worries of modern-day life, shed the unnecessary stress, and imbue your mind, body, and soul once more with positive energy. But you can’t expect to achieve this with dirty socks hanging over the sofa and your kids’ toys lying about the house!

Nope, you need to decorate, organise, and maintain the interior in your house to perpetuate positivity and serenity, especially if you have a family, and that includes the dog as well. Here are the five foolproof ways to imbue your family home with happy vibes!

living room with bright cushions

Eliminate the clutter

There’s no way ‘round this one, and it’s about time you got around to it – you have to clear the clutter from your life first. Physical clutter can accumulate quickly in a household, especially one that accommodates an entire family and unfortunately, it can quickly take its toll on your physical, psychological, and emotional well-being.

Let the sunshine in

One of the key elements in creating a peaceful, positive living environment is light. And you need plenty of it. Humans are meant to bask in sunlight all day long, to capture its energy, elevate their vitamin D levels, and simply thrive. Unfortunately, the modern way of life would rather have you spend time cooped up indoors, so you need an alternative solution.

First thing you’ve got to do is open up those blinds. Secondly, you want to expand your window scheme and even add skylights to illuminate the places that don’t get enough light during the day. Also, you don’t always need solid doors inside the house, so consider replacing them with French doors that provide enough intimacy, yet allow plenty of light to travel seamlessly through the house.

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Cleanse the air

How do you expect to get your “Omm” on and let positivity and happy vibes penetrate your mind if you keep smelling the leftovers from dinner coupled with the smell of wet dog and full nappies? You can’t. You need to cleanse the air of foul smells.

Not to mention that the air in the 21st century is full of nasty pollutants, bacteria, debris, and dust, all of which can cause harm to your overall health. Children are especially prone to developing allergies due to poor indoor air quality, so be sure to research the best air purifier for allergies that you can easily incorporate into your living space to ensure a healthy environment and let positivity flow.

Fill with greenery


Never underestimate the power of natural elements. Greenery and colourful flowers can have a profound impact on your psychological wellbeing, helping you deal with stress and regenerate your energy levels quickly. You want to introduce a potted plant in every room, be it in the corner, on the windowsill, or the table.

While you can keep greenery in the bedroom as well, you should make it a habit to put them outside during the night, as the carbon dioxide released by the plants can have a negative impact on your sleep cycle.

Add personality and flair

Finally, the only thing left to do is to introduce interesting elements around the house. This is your time to shine, so let your imagination run free and don’t be afraid to decorate the walls, desks, stairs, and furniture with the things that put a smile on your face.

5 design tips for a happy home

Think inspiring quote art on the walls and next to the mirror, throw pillows and blankets on the sofa with sheepskin draping over the sides of the bed. Love figurines? Put them on a shelf. Love reading books? Expand your library and decorate it with family photos, trinkets, and small stuffed animals – the possibilities are endless.

Creating a positive and serene setting in your home is not a difficult task, but rather a fun and rewarding experience the entire family can be a part of. Be sure to follow these five steps and you will create a home imbued with happy vibes in no time!

Catherine is a passionate home design consultant from Melbourne. She loves making homes beautiful and buildings sustainable, but she also like sharing her advice and knowledge with people. That is why she is also a regular contributor to the Smoothdecorator blog. Besides all this, she loves reading and enjoys a superhero movie from time to time.

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5 Comment

  1. hairwonderfulday
    December 4, 2017 at 3:02 pm

    I think have good natural light coming into the flat/house is such a game changer !!

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  2. Sarah
    December 12, 2017 at 2:01 pm

    I’d always say that the basic elements of a happy home at light, warmth and comfort. That means that room layout should optimise light in the kitchen diner in particular, underfloor heating if possible, or just good quality radiation are so important, and finally your choice of furniture should be optimised for comfort. Without one of these essential elements, you can’t settle into a house and want to work further additional design i.e. your accessories, and pieces which add personality to your home.

  3. Esther Diaz
    December 14, 2017 at 3:30 am

    Thank you for sharing this. I totally agree about the lighting and adding skylights to illuminate the places. I think that’s just one of my favorite designs at home. Anyways, great tips!

  4. Alyssa Winters
    December 21, 2017 at 10:15 am

    Hi Natalie, your designing tips were amazing. I was looking for something like this. I agree with your point of lightning, it really adds positive feel. Thanks for this valuable content. I actually needed this a lot.

  5. Choice Furniture Superstore
    January 2, 2018 at 6:54 am

    Thanks for sharing these amazing interior designing tips. Nice post.

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