With every New Year come new resolutions—goals we set to improve ourselves and our lives. Whether you hope to declutter & organize, work harder for that promotion or to distress, unwind and have more “you” time, I strongly believe the right atmosphere can motivate you to succeed. Improving your space can help you stay on track—your mood and energy are so strongly influenced by your surroundings, why not immerse yourself in a space that helps you accomplish all you set out to do.
Out with the Old, In with the New
What better time than the New Year to get rid of the things you don’t need or use. It can be entirely refreshing—and freeing—to clear out all the unnecessary “stuff” in our lives. A decluttered space brings ease to stressed minds, and allows a room to breathe. As they say…”less is more!” Minimal design does not mean your space has to feel sterile or cold, but instead simplified.
Fresh & Focused
Certain colors and shapes increase energy and focus. If you’re trying to get work done, surround yourself with an atmosphere that will keep you productive. If you make your home office a place you love to be, than an evening working late seems far less daunting. Environment affects mood. Mood effects energy. Energy feeds ambition.
There is reason coffee shops are filled with students, professionals, and literature lovers. Yes, the energizing jolt of caffeine may be one reason, but the other is the atmosphere these cafes create to keep you lingering. We all love a calming, yet productive spaces where we can focus without feeling flustered.
Soothe & Destress
If your resolution was to stress less & relax more, begin by creating a space that invites you to do so. A spa like bathroom will entice you to take more bubble baths. A soothing bedroom with soft colors, and luxurious linens will help you unwind from long days.
If you’re 2012 plan is to be more positive, find love or go out on more dates with your spouse, or even simply to take more risks—adding some color to your life could help tremendously. Bright colors give us energy, increase happiness, and even influence self confidence. Depending on your goal, the right colors can create a cheerful, romantic, or edgy & fearless atmosphere.