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7 Simple Ways to Bring Joy to Your Home

Large window in a sitting room

Tara Kantor

What makes a home feel joyful? The answer is different for everyone, but the general idea is the same: creating a space where you feel most comfortable and relaxed, can enjoy life, and where you're surrounded by the ones you love.

But the way you design your space and the décor you surround yourself with can also contribute to the happiness you feel at home—and if you're hoping to boost your mood at home this new year, it doesn't require a full remodel.

These small updates and tweaks can turn your space into a source of pleasure and comfort. And after all, isn't that what home is for?

01 of 07

Bring in Fresh Flowers

Fresh flowers in a living room

Calimia Home

Whether in the dead of winter or the height of summer, bringing fresh flowers into your home is a nice, simple way to add color and a touch of nature to any space. Whether you grab yourself a bouquet of simple tulips in spring or order a colorful arrangement in January, fresh flowers can perk up a bedroom, living room, dining room, or even a bathroom in no time.

02 of 07

Be Playful

Colorful and playful sitting area

Mary Patton Design

Your home should be a reflection of you as a person, and if you love playful accessories or colors, don't be afraid to let that show in your home décor. A fresh coat of paint on an accent wall or a unique combination of wall and tabletop art that speaks to you are both easy ways to make you feel joyful at home.

And don't be afraid to rearrange things now and then. Your home's décor doesn't need to be static. Any time you need a quick refresh or an arrangement just isn't working for you anymore, try different combinations of existing décor. Experiment with moving things around until you feel good about how things look.

03 of 07

Carve Out Space for Hobbies

Reading room

Erin Williamson Design

Your home should also be a space where you can partake in your favorite hobbies, no matter what those are. If you're an avid reader, make sure you have a designated reading corner (or even a mini library, depending on the size of your space). Love music? Turn a section of your living room into somewhere you can listen to records or play an instrument.

04 of 07

Bring the Outdoors In

Large window in a sitting room

Tara Kantor

Nature can have a calming, soothing affect on us, and bringing the outdoors in—any way you can—is a great way to add some joy to your space. Take advantage of a large, picture window and arrange seating in a way that allows you to take in the views.

You don't have to live somewhere rural to bring the outdoors in—you can do something as simple as turning your home into a houseplant haven.

05 of 07

Incorporate Meaningful Touches

Living room with photographs on the wall

Michelle Berwick Design

Personal mementos and things that you've accumulated throughout your life can be incorporated into your space in a meaningful way. Display your favorite photographs on a wall where you can look at them every day. Or finally find a spot for that colorful rug you picked up on your last vacation.

06 of 07

Cut Down on Clutter

Uncluttered kitchen

White Sands

Clutter can make you feel cramped and unsettled in a space, and you may find yourself feeling happier when your home is tidier and clutter is put away. Take some time to address problem areas like kitchen countertops, bathroom vanities, or anywhere that becomes a kind of catch-all for loose items. You may need to invest in more storage solutions, but the payoff will be worth it in the end.

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Keep Things Cozy

Cozy bedroom

Rikki Snyder

Our homes are a respite from the rest of the world, so making it as comfortable and cozy as possible is important. It's worth it to invest in comfortable sheets, pillows, and a good mattress so you can guarantee a good night's sleep, but comfort also goes beyond how things feel physically. Creating a relaxing bedroom or other space with soothing colors that can be somewhere you go to get away from it all and truly feel peaceful can go a long way.