Love grows in a happy home, and when every room is a happy room, love becomes the natural, default setting at home. I’m a lover of all things home and happiness, so here are a few ideas to bring cheer into every nook and cranny.
“What I know for sure is that when you declutter–whether it’s in your home, your head, or your heart–it is astonishing what will flow into that space that will enrich you, your life, and your family.” – Peter Walsh
With the intent to approach life with a more positive, open mindset comes the assignment of transforming your atmosphere—whether that’s through inner transformation, external reorganization, or a combination of the two.
Of course, the state of your inner world is your truest source of wealth and most reliable portal to peace. If you can make small positive shifts in your external environment, even better; that will only support your sense of peace, which helps you to be a bigger light in the world.
Here are a few small but powerful ways I make my living space happier, and more relaxing, one room at a time. I love these ideas, because they can be applied to any room in your home, regardless of its location, size, shape, or function.
3 Super Easy Ways to Make Any Room in Your Home a Happy Room
Get rid of one thing, and replace it with one thing.
Taking a note from professional organizer Peter Walsh, a little less clutter can go a long way in bringing more joy into a space.
Consider which room in your home (or apartment, office, or anywhere else) you’d like to bring more joy to. Ask yourself two questions:
- What’s one thing in this space that’s not serving peace or joy?
- What’s one thing that’s missing that would allow more peace and joy to flow?
The “thing” in question might be a material item, but it doesn’t have to be.
Maybe what’s not serving peace or joy in the room is a pile of clothes, or a lingering negative attitude about any particular area of the room. What’s missing might be a color or scent you love, a photograph, light, or good vibes in general.
What’s one thing you can remove from the room–one thing that isn’t serving any positive purpose, or making you feel happy to be there? Is it a never-worn dress, a dusty and cluttered shelf, a collection of old tools that you don’t need, or a collection of fine china you don’t use? Can it serve someone else?
What can you replace it with? You don’t necessarily have to bring in another object, though you may want to bring in flowers or a favorite photo, or something else. This may be as simple as putting your positive energy there instead, whether that’s with a smile, a blessing for peace, a happy thought, a deep breath, or gratitude for space to live.
This is really about making space for new energy to enter.
Bring in quality artificial flowers.
When it comes to Mother Nature, nothing beats the real thing. With that said, I have a profound love for lifelike silk flowers and plants. They offer an easy way to add cheerful pops of color to a room, especially when you don’t have a “green thumb” or you’re not home enough to properly care for living plants.
I personally love to mix and match real and artificial plants and flowers. I like the living plants that are hard to kill and the artificial flowers that are easy to mistake for living. Having worked at a gift shop for over a decade, quality is something I see right away.
Perhaps my favorite thing about artificial flowers is that they brighten up all those areas where it would be hard to maintain real flowering plants. Small, dark spaces deserve lots of love (and light), too.
Recently I was offered my choice of silk flowers from CommercialSilk.com in exchange for an honest review (every word here is my own, and my choice). It wasn’t a hard decision to make, especially when my chosen lavender picks arrived in the mail.
These lavender picks are beautiful, bright, natural-looking, full, pliable, and complement the existing decor in my little apartment. They come in a pack of 12 and you can separate the individual stems (like so in the below picture) to create different looks. I’m impressed with the quality, look and feel of these lovely little arrangements.
I highly recommend Commercial Silk International for authentic-looking silk flowers. They produce a variety of high-quality artificial trees and silk plants for commercial products and wholesale, and I must say that I’m a new fan.
The beauty of these picks (aside from how they look) is their versatility in use:
- For flat surfaces. Place them in a simple jar (like I did) or the container of your choice for a pop of color anywhere there’s a desk, table, shelf, or floor.
- For walls. Hang them up with string/jute from an old window frame (like this, or like that), an old shutter, interesting hooks, vintage fencing, or other framework for a fresh or dried look. You can pull the individual stems apart (like I did in the above picture) if the bunch is too large for a particular look.
- For bushes. If you have a seasonal tree that you decorate for each holiday or passing season, silk flower picks are an easy way to add color, texture, and depth. I did this in my apartment, because my boyfriend gave me sad eyes every time I mentioned the Christmas tree coming down. It’s now our “Garden Tree,” with a mix of lavender and sunflower picks, and we love it.
In my eyes, every room deserves to be a happy room, and a little pop of color here and there is a simple way to add cheer to any space. If you’re in the market for some quality artificial trees, plants, or flowers to liven up a lost space, inside or out, try CommercialSilk.com.
Sometimes, those little things that make us smile make a big difference in how we go through the day.
Create a positive name for the space.
You know how some people give their vehicles human names?
I know it may sound a little crazy, but try assigning a name, affirmation, or positive label to the room. You can just think the name in your head, or write down a positive affirmation (something that resonates with the space) and post it somewhere in the room.
This is a fun and probably silly way to transform the space in your eyes. It works.
For example, there’s this mishmash of items filling the built-in shelving in the entryway of my apartment. I know it’s not the most Feng Shui situation, but my apartment is small, space is limited, and most items were gifts given by loved ones. Instead of walking by that space in disdain, it’s now the “Corner of Collected Moments.”
Calling a once-unloved place in my home by a new name changed the energy of that corner of my world. Now I can smile when I look at it, because I see something different.
Basically, you’re turning a negative or neutral feeling that’s associated with the room into a more positive experience. In doing so, you change the way you think and feel about the room, which changes the room you see. It’s another example of how changing inside makes all the difference in the world you live.
- Do you decorate with real and/or silk flowers?
- How have you turned a once-unloved room into a happy room?
- What’s one small change you can initiate today to positively influence life at home?
Please share your thoughts, decorating insights, positive home practices, and any inspiring stories of change and joy at home with me in the comments.
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An unloved room is just a room that needs love, after all.