Can Interior Design Improve Mood?


Interior design is a gorgeous way to make a house feel more like a home and to give off a welcoming atmosphere to potential customers in your business. However, could it really help boost someone's mood? The science related to mood and emotions can be hard to pin down, as a lot of it depends on individual personality. But as the best interior designer at the Lake of the Ozarks, John Elliott Interiors knows that there are a few things design can do for people's mood and productivity. Keep reading to learn more!

Clutter vs. Simplicity

It can be hard to relax if you are surrounded by clutter and disorganization. One of the first things you can do to change up the interior design in your home is to get rid of the unnecessary items laying around the house. Your home may not appear cluttered to the eye of a visitor, but it may be possible that there is significant clutter in your cabinets, drawers, and closets. Even though this may be out of sight, it usually is not out of mind. It can be frustrating to know that you have a lot of clutter just below the surface. 

If you are working from home via laptop, spend each day working in a different room of the house. Take 5-10 minute breaks every hour or so to declutter and organize part of the room. By the end of the week, you could be well on your way to a perfectly organized, peaceful home!

Bring Nature Indoors

Plants are a fantastic way to take your interior design to the next level and help boost the good feelings in your home. Plants have been shown to purify the air and can also help boost mood, lower blood pressure, and promote good vibes just by being present. 

Choose a houseplant that is easy to take care of and that fits your design aesthetic. You can get even more enjoyment from plants if you enjoy looking at them and don't have to struggle too much to keep them thriving. 

A great way to quickly add greenery into your home if you don't have access to a plant nursery is to propagate fruits and veggies from your refrigerator! Many food items like avocados, green onions, celery, and several different kinds of herbs can be grown from just a small portion of the original plant. Do a search to find simple ways to regrow fruits and veggies to add beautiful greenery to your home. You may be surprised what food items you can regrow.

Let in the Light

First thing in the morning, open all the curtains and let the sun shine in! Sunlight has been shown to help boost your mood and feel happier by increasing the levels of serotonin in your brain. Letting the sunshine into your home can instantly help improve the overall look and feel of the house. If you need to have the curtains shut for privacy, then use a lighter curtain that still blocks peering eyes, but also lets in some of the natural light. Don't forget to keep your windows clean as well! Dusty, dingy windows may be blocking sunlight from coming into your home.

For the lights inside your home, order light bulbs that imitate natural light. Harsh lighting can have a negative effect on your mood. On the other hand, if the lighting is too low, then it could put a strain on your eyes and even cause feelings of sadness and depression.  

Don't Get Stuck

If your home is starting to feel bland and stale, or if you are noticing that your creativity has recently taken a nose dive, it might be time to switch it up! If you can't buy a whole new set of furniture, you can still make a big difference in your home interior by making a few simple changes.
  • Rearrange the furniture into a new, fresh pattern
  • Redecorate the furniture with new pillows and throw blankets
  • Swap the wall decor from one room into another
  • Paint or decorate an accent wall
  • Bring in new smells with a diffuser
Making simple changes to the way your home is organized can make a big impact during the times you need a change, but don't necessarily want to replace everything at once. Changing little things up here and there can help keep your brain engaged with its surroundings, instead of getting used to the same-old, same-old. 

Lake of the Ozarks Interior Design 

At John Elliott Interiors, we love creating interior designs that make you feel more at home, more inspired, and more like yourself. We can work with you to create your ideal space both inside and outside. If you think your home needs a mood boost, give us a call or come visit us in the store. We would love to see you and talk about your design aspirations! 

Let us help you create an interior for your life.

2265 Bagnell Dam Blvd.
Lake Ozark, MO 65049


Visit our Website
Like us on Facebook
Follow us on Twitter
Connect with us on LinkedIn
Follow us on Google+

You Might Also Like


  1. Thank you for sharing this useful information. Keep sharing this kind of information

    Best Home Interior Designers in Bangalore


Like us on Facebook