We all know decorating can get pretty expensive these days. When cash is short, the last thing you are going to do is spend money on home decor.

Our environment however is said to be one of the five factors that contribute to our happiness levels, along with genetic predisposition, social conditions, chance events, and personality.

That makes a huge correlation between our surroundings and our happiness!

This doesn’t mean you have to shell out thousands of dollars on home decorators and expensive furniture.

Creating a home that is literally “filled with happiness” is actually quite simple, and inexpensive!

Here are 4 ways how to bring some happiness into your home:

1. Fill your home with plants and flowers.

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Plants are the #1 way to bring life and energy into your home.

Not only do they fill the air with delicious aromas, but they naturally purify the air for you by getting rid of various toxins that you didn’t even know filled your home!

They add color and bring a sense of serenity and calmness to your home.

The cheapest flowers and plants can be bought at flower markets or even home improvement stores.

Make a day of it. Wake up early, grab some coffee and head to your local flower market.

Flowers will need to be exchanged more often but a good plant can last you years if taken care of correctly.

2. Pick the right colors for your home.

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When it comes time to painting or accenting your home, color has a huge impact on not only our mood but our behavior as well!

Therefore, when trying to make a home that is most conducive to our happiness, it is important that we pick the right colors to help us do so.

Colors on the blue spectrum such as blue, purple, and green are said to be the “cool” colors. They bring about the most calmness, but are also led to feelings of sadness.

Colors on the red spectrum such as red, yellow, and orange are called the “warm” tones. These colors are said to bring about the highest feelings of warmth and comfort to us. The downside of them however is that they can also evoke energy and sometimes even anger.

So when choosing a color pallet for you home, make sure it is suited to your personality as well as your needs.

If you are somebody who tends to get sad very easily, it would be a better idea to fill your home with vibrant colors to keep you positive. If you live a fast paced life filled with stress or anxiety, it may suit you best to create a home that is calm and cool, a place that you can escape to and relax.

Painting your home can be done very inexpensively if you do it yourself! Ask some friends to come over and help you. Tempt them with some wine and pizza. Have a painting party! Not only is it cheaper, but it makes it much more personal.

3. Personalize your space with photos.

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Buying art and wall hangings can get pretty expensive.

No need to throw out hundred of dollars on expensive art, instead fill your home with photos of you and your loved ones!

It’s much cheaper, and is so much more personal to you. Put up photos of people you love and places you either visited or wish to visit.

You can print out photos and frame them. Even better, you can find creative DIY projects online such as painting your frames or hanging them along a string. Go crazy on Pinterest.

Get creative with your decorations! Make them yourself! Let your home reflect everything that inspires you and the things that you love.

Surround yourself with happiness and you can be sure that it will find you.

4. Light it up!

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Light has a huge effect on our mood, behavior, and even health!

Poor lighting or excessive artificial lighting can cause depression, stress, and can even be bad for our immune system.

Make sure your home has as much natural light as possible. Keep your curtains open during the day to let as much light in as possible.

At night, make sure you have enough light so you are not straining your eyes trying to see. Be careful with what kind of artificial light you have on however, and how much. Choosing bulbs with less watts is not only better for your eyes, but it saves you money on high electricity bills.

Buy lights and lamps that emit soft light as opposed to harsh light.

A cool and comforting way to light a room in your home is using christmas lights! Pin them along doorways or your windows. They provide a homey look while also giving you some soft lighting at night.

The important thing is to be comfortable in your home. If the lighting in your home is making you depressed or giving you a headache, it’s time to make some changes.

Create an environment that is conducive to your happiness. You don’t need a lot of money to do so.

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