We are a stressed out nation. According to an NPR, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and Harvard School of Public Health nationwide poll conducted in 2014, 49 percent of Americans have had a major stressful event or experience in the past year. We spoke to decorator Alexa Hampton, one of the country’s top designers and the 2015 honorary chair for the 39th American Red Cross 2015 Designers’ Show House in South Florida, to learn how to create a welcoming establishment because happy home means happy life.
1. The power of paint. Certain pigments such as blues, grays and anything without yellow tones feel more youthful as opposed to more mature. Paler tones help us feel less lethargic.
2. Get rid of noise pollution. Soften the acoustic in a bedroom by using wall-to-wall carpet or upholster your walls and hang curtains.
3. Lighting affects your mood. Everyone’s eye is different, so use dimmers, a low-tech answer to addressing everyone’s light preference. Also consider a layered lighting scheme using lamplights, uplights, downlights and sconces.
4. Decorate with what you love. Your living space should be furnished with items of which you won’t tire, but if you are tired of your collections, do move on.