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How to Make a House Less Depressing

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If the thought of walking into the same old dismal digs at the end of the day gives you the blues and you’re ready for a change, just a few simple tricks can both lighten the mood and make your living space more aesthetically appealing. While binge-watching interior design shows can either be inspirational or intimidating especially if you lack the expertise and hefty decorating budget. The good news is that turning your home into a welcome and inviting space doesn’t require you to become a home decor professional, nor does it have to be an expensive endeavour. 


Where do I start to decorate my house? 

Decorating your house can be fun and easy if you know where to start and what is permissible. For example, a renter’s home decor leeway may be more restrictive than a homeowner’s and may require a bit more creativity to effect change. If the depressive atmosphere is related to the lack of light, then simply exchanging heavy drapes for sheers may be sufficient. Choosing a lighter paint colour for the walls can brighten up a dark room and make an old space seem new. Placing slipcovers on furniture and adding brightly-coloured throw pillows can also breathe new life into old areas. Once you determine how your space is going to be used, then the decorating project will flow smoothly from start to finish.


How do you make a small room look nice?

Decorating a small room may present a challenge if the room’s function is not considered first and foremost. Avoid paint hues that are dark or absorb light as well if you want to avoid making space feel more like a crypt than a place to relax and recharge. Try to let in as much natural light as possible but if windows are small or nonexistent, pay particular attention to your lighting choices. Overhead lighting sources, such as pendants and sconces, can free up space on desks and other flat surfaces. When it comes to furnishing a small room, less is more is a rule of thumb. Over-sized furniture or too many items can make a room feel cramped rather than cosy, especially if storage space is at a minimum. Finding pieces that pull double duty will eliminate the need for multiple items.


How can I decorate my home for cheap?

Decorating your home on a shoestring budget doesn’t mean that you have to sacrifice quality. Several online retailers offer open box deals and clearance prices for returned or discontinued items. Community-focused apps such as Nextdoor often feature free or reasonably priced decorative items and furnishings being offered by people in your neighbourhood. Thrift store shopping remains a tried and true method for obtaining gently used home decor items, but may not be the most reliable source as selections are dependent on donations. Decorating in planned stages will allow you to compare prices and take advantage of seasonal discounts. 


How can I organize without buying anything?

Purging regularly is probably the best way to organize initially without buying anything. Clothing that is no longer being worn, overstocked non-perishable food items, toys that are rarely if ever used and other household items are perfect candidates for donation. This is another opportunity to utilize neighbourhood apps and online marketplace advertisements to get rid of unwanted and unnecessary items. You might actually score free furniture and other useful items that can help you organize your space without spending a dime. If all else fails, consider re-purposing what you have on hand in new and creative ways.



There are many ways to change the atmosphere living space, whether you choose to or improve its organization. In the end, it doesn’t matter which approach is taken to try and lessen the depressive atmosphere in a house since even a small change can have a positive impact.

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