1. Bring the Outdoors Inside
Houseplants are an excellent way to freshen up a space and cure the winter blues. Studies conducted at the Agricultural University of Norway have found that houseplants not only improve indoor air quality, but can also decrease dry skin, colds, sore throats and dry coughs. Perfect for wintertime!
Afraid to take on a living plant? There are plenty of realistic artificial plant options made of silks and plastics. They won’t provide the same health benefits, but will certainly lend a hand in brightening up your space.
2. Switch Up Your Lighting
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Whether you’re looking for new table lamp or a statement piece to hang over a dining room table, lighting can completely transform a space.
Insider Tip: Lighting professionals generally recommend two different light sources for optimal productivity. This includes one indirect lighting source and one direct light source to focus on a specific task. Lightbulbs in the 6500K range, approximately the same lighting level as daylight, are also suggested for offices and other productive spaces.
3. Add Some Color
Dreary winter days are no match for a bright canvas painting or multicolored throw pillows. Not sure what color scheme to choose? Greens and blues mimic that colors found in nature have been proven to increase focus and efficiency. The color yellow also represents optimism and is often featured in creative work environments.
4. Clean Your Space and Clear Your Mind
The Journal of Neuroscience has stated that too much clutter can overload your visual cortex, which interferes with your brain’s ability to focus. Organization can offer tremendous psychological benefits, whether you’re organizing a jewelry case, a single drawer or an entire closet.
5. Let Your Artwork Speak for Itself
Do you have a favorite inspirational quote or funny saying? Chances are it exists in sign form! Motivational signs compliment most décor and can serve as daily reminder to smile, laugh and achieve your goals.