So, you’ve found your dream home, and you’re all moved in, but the walls are white and bare, the rooms have yet to be filled, and the finishing touches just aren’t there yet. Fear not! Making your house a home takes time, and the first thing to cross off your list is learning how to improve the aura of your home.
Home renovations made simple
Creating a home with positive energy and good aura may seem like a daunting task, but with a little patience and attention to detail, you can create spaces in your home that welcome positive energy all year long. Grab a notepad and pen, and let’s get started!
1. Choose colours that make you happy
Colour plays an important role in setting the mood of each room in your home. Dark colours create a bold statement, but coating every wall in a dark shade could make things feel, well, darker! If darker shades are your desire, consider only applying paint to one wall as an accent piece versus the entire space. Dark colours could also make a room feel much smaller than it is. Consider your furniture and personal items and select paint colours that will match the things in your home accordingly.
On the other hand, pastels and neutral shades will create a harmonious impact on any space as it reflects light and evokes happier feelings. Keep in mind also that you don’t need to paint every wall in your house. You can pick and choose rooms based on how often you use them or where you think positive vibes need to exist the most. Leaving your walls white is also an option and will allow you to bring more energy through the space with wall art, shelving, and select decor items that bring you joy.
2. Maximize natural light
Natural light expansion can help a ton in creating an inviting and happy environment around you. By opening windows, you can invite fresh air and natural light into your home at zero cost to you. Adding more light in your home could also increase the brain’s production of the mood-enhancing chemical serotonin. Some studies have shown that the more sunlight we are exposed to, the more serotonin we produce. So it would be safe to assume that keeping the curtains drawn during the day will help promote positive energy in an otherwise dreary space. If your home doesn’t produce a lot of natural light, you could look into purchasing a happy lamp, especially for the long winter months when the sun doesn’t come out to play as often.
3. Add scented candles and diffusers
Different scents can help us recall both the good times and the bad, and that same mindset applies to your home, too. Help set the mood in any space by investing in high-quality scented candles or oil diffusers using a variety of aromatic scents. Research shows that scents could positively affect mood, stress reduction, sleep enhancement, self-confidence, and physical and cognitive performance, according to Theresa Molnar, executive director of the Sense of Smell Institute. Homeowners can enhance their mental state and well-being by incorporating scents throughout the house according to preference. For example, the kitchen might be the perfect spot for citrus scents that feel light and happy. If candles and diffusers aren’t for you, consider adding eucalyptus to the top of your shower head in the bathroom to create a spa-like environment. Adding lavender beside your bed will help produce a good night’s rest.
4. Smudge your home with sage or palo santo
If you’re looking to cleanse your space and start anew, then smudging is the perfect practice to get started. Smudging invites positive energy in the space by burning plant material. The smoke produced from the items fills and purifies the environment around them. The most common materials used for smudging are palo santo, a wood from South America perfect for everyday use, and white sage, a common herb for smudging that has a stronger presence when it’s burning.
To begin your smudging practice, light your smudge stick and mindfully allow the smoke to drift around the following:
- Start at the front door and circle the side and corners of the entrance.
- Enter each room and walk the home’s perimeter; addressing the corners of each space
- Locate hidden corners and spaces like the inside of your closet
- Walkthrough hallways and up and down any stairs
- End your practice at the door where you began
You may choose to chant or set intentions during your smudging practice, but it isn’t mandatory. Just do what feels natural to you.
5. Add mirrors to reflect light
Incorporating mirrors is an easy way to reflect light in a room where brightness is lacking. Adding mirrors will also create the illusion that your space is bigger than it actually is. Broaden a narrow space by adding them to hallways or include a few identical mirrors side-by-side along the hallway wall to make it look less cramped. Where positivity is concerned, mirrors are an essential part of feng shui arrangements as they represent water and help balance a room or accentuate the space’s purpose. So while mirrors don’t necessarily have powerful properties that produce positivity, they bring joy by reflecting light and making things feel bigger and brighter than before.
6. Get the most out of your kitchen space
This recommendation may require some pre-planning or a willingness to renovate, but it’s still worth mentioning. The space in your kitchen can immediately impact your mood since you will spend a lot of your time in this room, cooking food and entertaining guests. To make the most of the space and create positive energy, include light coloured cabinets and give careful thought to where you place your counter. Having a counter on the sides of your kitchen will create more space in the middle, but putting a counter in the centre of the room could encourage gatherings when you have friends and family over.
7. Invest in plants and greenery
There are so many types of plants to choose from, and their varying sizes, colours and accessories can really bring a room together. There are several benefits of having indoor plants, some of which include:
Plants will naturally remove certain pollutants from the air in your home, but the purification ability will change depending on the plant type and size, so do your research before you buy.
Houseplants have the ability to tackle toxic chemicals brought on by synthetic materials that come from a variety of areas in the home. If this is a focus for you, invest in the following five types of houseplants: areca palm, Chinese evergreens, money plants, Gerber daisies, and the snake plant.
Boosting your mood
The simple act of caring for your plants could lead to elevated levels of compassion, while the patience and understanding required to grow plants can boost your confidence.
Plants that bring positive energy
Of course, we can’t help but recommend which pants are best for bringing positive vibes into your home. Watch out for jasmine, lucky bamboo, peace lilies, orchids and aloe vera to foster the home aurora you’ve been hoping for.
8. Clean your home regularly
Mess in the home limits the progression of positive vitality and could bring about moments of stress and anxiety. Carve out time to maintain your home’s cleanliness, or consider hiring a cleaner to visit your home weekly, bi-weekly or monthly to perform deeper cleans if you don’t have the time. You can keep your mind at ease and anxiety at bay by picking up the mess around you on a regular basis. This means putting items away that are randomly placed across surfaces and floors, and taking care of surface cleaning so you can work, eat, and kick up your feet without interruption from the clutter around you.
9. Hang items on the wall
Artwork, certificates, diplomas, letters, photos, and more are all worthy of being framed and hung on your wall. These artifacts that make up the people, places and things that bring joy to life are a solid reminder of where you’ve been and where you plan to go in the future. Breathe new life into your space by proudly displaying your accomplishments, family and friends and admired work from others on the walls of your home. The wall hangings bring a positive vibe in any living space, and your day will become bright, and the house will appear more welcoming overall just by looking at them.
10. Add soft elements
Throw blankets, pillows, and rugs are all essential add-ons in the home, but choosing the right materials and texture could make a difference in how those items make you feel. Soft objects create a sense of comfort and security, so when you’re shopping for accent pieces like blankets and pillows, look for lush textures like velvet, suede and silk—anything that feels soft to the touch. Toss these items in the corners of chairs and sofas to bulk up space and create a warm and inviting environment. And if you can get your hands on a faux fur or shag rug to add to the mix—even better!
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Remember that your home is what you make of it, and adding items, renovations or routines to change the vibe of your space is a decision that’s entirely up to you. A home is where you come after a long day of work to relax and enjoy quality time. The more de-cluttered and composed it is, the more you will be able to improve the aura of your home.
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