There are so many choices you can make when it comes to your interior design, whether it’s for your home or an office, that you’ll definitely want to take the time to get it right. The last thing you’ll want is to pay someone to redecorate your home, or do it yourself, only to realise that the final result isn’t quite (or at all) what you wanted. That’s a costly and time-consuming mistake to put right, and if you don’t put it right and choose to live with it, then you’ll never be quite at home in your own space.
This is why timber can be the perfect solution to your interior design questions. Timber has a lot going for it, and best of all, it can improve your mood in a variety of different ways. If you really want to enjoy your home and feel good while you’re there, use timber for your decorating, and the effect will be astonishing. Read on to find out precisely what timber can do for your mood and emotions so you’ll understand why it’s the right material for you.
It Has Texture
Something that makes timber stand apart from other materials you can use to decorate your home is that it has texture, and each different type of timber will have a different feel to it (as well as a different look, which is another reason why it works so well – your home will always look just how you want it to).
As studies have shown, having something tactile to touch can be soothing and calming, and make you feel a lot happier about yourself and your environment; it’s why babies like to hold things and explore with their hands while they’re still very little, and you might even have found that you feel better when you hold something if you’re feeling overwhelmed. By having something calming like timber in your home, which could almost be seen as therapeutic, you’ll release feel-good hormones into your body and feel relaxed and comforted at all times.
When you’re able to include timber into your home’s design, you’ll really be adding natural colours to your home, and those colours are calming ones. Rather than fiery reds and oranges or deep purples, you’ll have colours that come from nature, and those earthy tones, ranging from almost orange to brown to much darker, almost black, tones, really do help with your emotions, making your home a much more tranquil space.
Studies have shown that being around natural colours like the ones you’ll find in timber can actually reduce your anxiety levels and make you feel a lot less stressed. The colours can bring about feelings of contentment and comfort, so why wouldn’t you want them in your home and why wouldn’t you use natural timber to give you the wonderful feeling?
It Looks Good
No matter what type of wood you choose or what colour it is or even how you use it, there’s one thing you’ll know; it looks good. That’s why you chose it in the first place, and it’s why you’ll be glad you did. So what does that say about mood and how does it affect your emotions?
When you live somewhere that looks and feels good that you’re happy with and perhaps even proud of, your mood is going to be a positive one. Whether you love to look at the wood grains or the tones you’ve picked or you prefer the overall bigger picture, the result is that if you’re happy with how your home looks, you’ll be happy when you’re there and that means your mood will be good more than it’s not (wood won’t stop you from getting back news or getting irritated about something that happens at work, for example, but in general, it can really boost your happiness levels).
An Inviting Home
If you feel like your home is an inviting one, you’re going to be happy in it because you’ll feel welcome there. If you feel like your home is an uninviting one, you won’t be happy because you won’t feel welcome. It doesn’t matter that you chose the home and it’s your place to live; these feelings will be involuntary, and there’s not a lot you can do about them other than to change your decor to something more welcoming.
On top of this, if your home isn’t an inviting space, your friends and family won’t want to visit so much, and they might even make excuses why they can’t come over, or they always ask you to theirs instead of coming to yours. This can mean you’re alone more often, and that will lower your mood.
In other words, making your home more welcoming and friendly with the addition of timber in your interior design will make all the difference, and you’ll find you feel better and so does everyone else.
A Nostalgic Feel
Memories are hugely important and have a big impact on our overall mood. Have you ever spent time thinking back on fun things from the past and felt instantly happier because of those memories? If so, you’ll know what we mean – enjoying memories can really help to improve your mood in a fun and enjoyable way.
When it comes to timber, it’s a classic, timeless way to decorate a home, and it might be that you have good memories of your childhood or younger years being in a loved one’s home where there was timber. Having timber in your own home will bring those memories flooding back, and the good feeling that went with them, and you’ll find you feel better altogether.
Perhaps you’re even making those memories for your children and loved ones right now; in years to come, they’ll decorate their own homes with timber and enjoy their memories of your home themselves.
If you choose to have timber in your office or home office, you might find that you suddenly become more focused and productive. You’ll be able to get a lot more done in a shorter amount of time, giving you more time to spend with family and friends or doing hobbies, for example.
It’s not magic; it’s just that timber has that calming effect we mentioned earlier, and that means you’ll be less stressed and more able to focus on your work tasks. As an added benefit, when you get your work-life balance right, you’ll be happier overall.