Maybe because we spend much of our time in this room with our eyes closed, but the bedroom tends to be last room we consider decorating. Though our personal styles may differ, there are a few key features that could have a universal positive effect.
Opinions about color may run as strong as those about politics, but most can agree that softer hues reminiscent of nature can be the most pleasing. Research from Vrije University in Amsterdam found that most adults connected the color green to feelings of happiness. Another great mood-boosting pick? Blue, according to a study by the University of British Columbia.
You don't have to be a minimalist, but studies have shown a strong connection between cluttered surroundings and depression. We can't think of a more compelling reason to finally get around to decluttering.
Instead of decorating your nightstand with a lone tissue box, fill it with a few photos that inspire fond memories. Researchers at the University of California Berkeley found that just reflecting on happy life experiences can have a lasting positive effect.
Taking the few minutes every morning to make the bed can be a surprising mood-booster. In a survey by Hunch.com, 71% of respondents who made their bed considered themselves happy. At the very least, coming home to a made bed after a long day is something to smile about.
Whether from fresh-cut blooms, a candle, or diffuser, the right scent can put you in a better state of mind. Research from the Association for Psychological Science found that floral scents, in particular, boosted feelings of happiness.
A study from Northwestern University in Chicago found that sunshine can be a powerful mood-lifter that also helps set our circadian rhythms. While the study focused on office workers, opening up the shades in the morning could have a long-lasting positive effect.
Though we haven't met a headboard we didn't love, there is some scientific support that says curvier shapes might be a better choice. Researchers from Harvard Medical School found that curvy objects were found to be more pleasing than angled or straight-sided shapes.