Depression affects over 18 million Americans, which is hard to believe. With all the tools for battling sadness – meditation, therapies, music, exercise, social lives, books, prayer – it seems possible eradicate. Yet its rate is increasing in almost every race, age and gender group in America.
Could making home improvements offset the negative effects of a depressing day? Boost your mood and make you feel more like yourself? Lauren Rottet, popular designer and architect, says yes. She sat down with Peter Mosca to give her opinions on the matter to Realty Times.
Says Rottet, “When a space feels personal, it generates positive feelings for those within – which means a lot in … trying times.”
There are certain design elements that naturally create a more open and positive space. Of course personal items and family heirlooms make your home feel more ‘like you,’ but natural light, outdoor views and window treatments that accentuate the architecture are great ways to open up a home.
Choose bright, comfortable and familiar colors of paint for the walls. Rottet states, “Style is the inherent personality and natural context for individual decorating expression.” Let your passions and personality display themselves throughout your home. From your choice of furniture cover to cabinetry, select items that reflect who you are.
Many people are choosing to make their older homes more efficient, retrofitting them with green technologies to help save money, save energy and make the home a cleaner place. Living in a sanitary, efficient home is very soothing and comfortable to many people.
Bottom line, you want your home to be a haven. A place where you’re free to be yourself – on both good and bad days. If you don’t have an eye for design and see decorating your home to match your style a challenge, many contractors can help.
In fact, 55,000 home builders showed up for the annual National Association of Home Builders’ International Builders’ Show this year. And as opposed to last year, the mood was optimistic, according to attendee Ron Cook. Home builders, many of whom have seen a decline in production and waning interest from homeowners and investors, are starting to see innovation and growth return to the market.
Ready to make some changes to your home? It can be an idea as simple as a bay window or as complicated as a brand new kitchen. An experienced contractor will be able to offer ideas and advice on how to make your personality shine throughout your home. We can help. Contact Glazer Design and Construction by calling 404.683.9848 or email Randy@GlazerConstruction.com.