Set the mood for hap­pi­ness and har­mony

Mir­vac shows how some clever de­sign touches can help cre­ate joy when you shut the front door

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We are all happy to get home at the end of the day, but does our home ac­tu­ally make us happy?

Mir­vac gen­eral man­ager de­sign – mar­ket­ing and sales Diana Sar­casmo said with a few de­sign tweaks your home could make you feel a lot hap­pier.

“Cre­at­ing spa­ces to do the things you en­joy do­ing, and fill­ing those spa­ces with things you love, is the first step in cre­at­ing a happy home,” Ms Sar­casmo said. “Your home is an ex­ten­sion of your per­son­al­ity, and it should re­flect the way you live your life.”

Ms Sar­casmo said your home’s lay­out would de­pend on how your fam­ily lived.

“Cre­at­ing the right zones for your life­style will keep every­one happy,” she said. “It helps if the spa­ces have lots of stor­age, and are flex­i­ble enough to adapt over time.”

Ms Sar­casmo said a key to good health and well­be­ing was ac­cess to day­light and the out­doors. “And a seam­less tran­si­tion be­tween the in­doors and out­doors is some­thing Mir­vac De­sign in­cor­po­rates in all of our de­signs,” she said. “Bring­ing the out­side in through plants and flow­ers is an­other way to achieve this.”

Colour is also cru­cial in cre­at­ing moods and re­flect­ing who you are. “Bright colours can be more up­beat for busy ar­eas, while softer tones cre­ate a more calm­ing en­vi­ron­ment,” she said.

Fur­nish­ings also shouldn’t be over­looked. “It is im­por­tant to fur­nish your home with pieces you love, and that are com­fort­able and suit their pur­pose,” Ms Sar­casmo said. “In­vest in qual­ity that will last, and be play­ful with sea­sonal cush­ions and throws to change the look.”

Loved ones also play a part in how our home makes us feel. “Dis­play pho­tos of fam­ily events and hol­i­days, as well as art and sen­ti­men­tal pieces: th­ese are re­flec­tions of pos­i­tive ex­pe­ri­ences and mem­o­ries to be cher­ished,” she said.

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