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Are You Happy With How Your Home Looks?

Posted on 11th November 2019 by Castle Hill Shutters


If you answered no to that question then you’re certainly not alone. New research commissioned by David Village Lighting and reported on by Homebuilding & Renovation revealed that more than one-quarter of people aren’t happy with their home’s appearance.


The top bugbears identified by the research were not enough daylight, poor paintwork and not enough space.


Worryingly, one in eight of those questioned described their home as a stressful place to be.


In addition to asking how people felt about their homes, the survey also questioned people about the steps they’d taken to improve things. At the top of the list is introducing lighting of different colours and strengths. 


But have you considered how you could maximise the light you get in your property during the day, without compromising on your privacy? If you tend to have your curtains or blinds closed to keep prying eyes out, you’re obviously not letting much daylight in either.


In this case, split interior shutters in Berkshire could be the perfect solution. By having the bottom section closed you’ll retain your privacy, but in opening the top section of the shutters you’ll allow natural light to flood into your home.


Other steps that homeowners have tried include introducing plants and flowers to their space, using mirrors to make small rooms appear larger, buying new furniture and painting walls a different colour.


The news provider also made some suggestions on how you can optimise your space, including knocking down internal walls and building into the garden by adding an extension.


A spokesperson for David Village Lighting commented: “Our homes reflect our personalities, so it’s important to make the most of what you have, even if space is at a premium.”


In fact, Allure recently revealed that the colours you choose for your home could have more of an impact than you might imagine on your mood. The news provider noted that studies have been done on the “white effect”.


Bonnie Sanborn, an environmental psychologist and design research leader at DLR group, explained that having a completely blank, white space has been found to be “energising to the point of being distracting because there’s a lack of detail to let the mind relax and focus on”.


That means adding some colour and features to your space can be beneficial. But you need to think carefully about the shades you choose. For instance, blues and greens are known to be calming and can even lower blood pressure slightly, while red hues are said to be good for improving concentration and blood flow.


Ms Sanborn’s top recommendation is to integrate items that are designed for mindful meditation throughout your home. This could be plants or water features that constantly change. Anything that reflects or refracts light is a good option, she added.


You shouldn’t shy away from personalisation either, the news provider noted. It’s an important way of expressing your identity, as well as demonstrating that you have control in your home, holistic feng shui expert Laura Benko told the website.