Creating a Happy Home - How to help Seasonal Affective Disorder through your Design

I know a thing or two about how your environment can affect your mental health. Living in Seattle for over 6+ years, winters can be rough. Not because of the cold, but because of the grey. For eight months out of the year Seattleites and the Pacific Northwest in general experiences a continual overcast that leads to Seasonal Affective Disorder (S.A.D.).

Seasonal Affective Disorder is a type of depression that occurs typically during the fall and winter months. You experience less energy, lower motivation, and yes, even depression.

If you live in a place that gets a lot of grey, no wonder this affects your health and mood. Less sun means less Vitamin D and less energy. Even if you're not living in a place of perpetual grey, winter is a time of the year where the days are shorter, the weather is colder, and you stay indoors more often (cabin fever is real).

But with spending more and more time indoors, it doesn't have to be all doom and gloom! Your home can actually improve and boost your mental health and mood. Considering you're spending most of your time indoors this winter season, why not have your home help you out to feel more cheerful and jolly for the holiday months ahead.

Here are some holistic tips and ideas for designing your home to help combat the S.A.D. feelings for winter.


Add the Color Yellow

Interior Designers know a little bit about color psychology and how certain colors can alter and affect your mood and mental state. If you want to boost your mood and feel more cheerful in your home, the color yellow is known to brighten up your day. It is often connected to happiness and optimism. An intense and eye catching color as well, yellow is visually and physically stimulating. This can increase your overall energy. Try adding the color yellow in small ways not to over energize a space. Good ways to do this are through accent pieces, like pillows, decor, or a statement chair.</