- Some home design trends can cause stress, like all-white interiors, therapist Weena Cullins said.
- Interior designer Kobi Karp said the likelihood of staining things makes the trend impractical.
- Instead, therapists and designers suggest brightening rooms with mirrors, lights, and natural light.
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The trendy airy aesthetic may look lovely in a magazine, but your clean, all-white living room is probably stressing out your guests.
While bright furniture can look really beautiful, therapist Weena Cullins said that giving your space a “showroom feel” could stress out visitors by making them feel like everything must stay clean.
“If the owner has created a showroom feel and seeks to maintain cleanliness at all times, it can be stressful for guests who want to get comfortable but fear creating stains or leaving dirt or marks that will definitely show,” Cullins said.
Even interior designers don’t recommend following this trend.
“This style is popular in magazines so designers are frequently asked to do it, but people are often left with potentially exorbitant cleaning and maintenance costs,” Karp said.
To get that cool, clean vibe without the mess, Karp suggested going with a rich blue or sage green.
Brighten up with the right fixtures, instead
Cullins said that rooms with insufficient lighting could make certain tasks hard to accomplish, while rooms with bright artificial lighting that can’t be dimmed can make sleeping and relaxing difficult.
“It’s important to consider the function of each room in your home and purchase lighting that helps achieve its purpose,” Cullins said. “Adding lamps, wall sconces, dimmers, or ceiling lights can help redefine a space that promotes stress.”
To make your room brighter without causing stress, add lights and take advantage of natural light by opening the windows and adding mirrors for the sunlight to bounce off of, as tiny apartment dweller Tiara Christian previously suggested to Insider.
In her own home, therapist Cecille Ahrens uses neutral tones and sunlight to keep calm and centered.
“While the research on color psychology is mixed, it appears depression is helped by white and green light,” she said.
Ahrens takes advantage of natural light in her living space and will “open windows and doors for fresh air whenever weather permits,” she said.
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