There’s no place like home—it’s where we take shelter, gather with loved ones, and escape from the hustle and bustle of the outside world. For centuries, people have transformed their homes into sanctuaries, where they and those they care about could achieve happiness.

Take time to reflect on how you really feel in your home—are your feelings positive? If you’re someone who is unsatisfied with the state of your home, you’re not alone; truth is, numerous homeowners believe something as simple as their home’s décor impacts their happiness.

Below, we share how to make your home a happier place in just six simple steps.

Add Pops of Color

Certain colors evoke different feelings, and your home’s color scheme is going to play a huge role in your happiness. Choose furnishings in nature-based colors, such as greens and blues, to evoke feelings of relaxation. If you want to feel energized, opt for reds, oranges, and pinks. Purples will give your creativity a boost, and yellows are certain to brighten your mood, too.

Bring in Plants

When compared to contemporary furniture pieces, fresh flowers and plants bring life into your home. The lush green will not only improve air quality, but it’ll also lift your spirits, encouraging you to keep calm throughout the day.

Change Up the Lighting

Similar to color, lights can easily affect our mood. In fact, fluorescent lights are actually known to make some people feel more anxious. If you haven’t already, change your light bulbs to ones that mimic natural light, and consider adding additional fixtures to brighten up your space. Furthermore, don’t be afraid to open your windows’ blinds and curtains.

Display Sentimental Items

Everybody has family heirlooms and other meaningful objects—many of which are probably collecting dust in the back of closets and storage units. Why not put those out on display? Hang up photos of your loved ones or set out old trinkets on the mantel. These items alone will bring your personality into any room, making you feel more at home, and in turn, a lot happier.

Only Buy Furniture You Love

If your home contains items you don’t enjoy, you’re bound to feel discouraged. Everybody wants to surround themselves with pieces that they’re proud to display in their home. Thus, you shouldn’t feel guilty about getting rid of furniture that doesn’t make you happy.

Switch It Up

After a while, your home’s setup can seem less than inspiring. Why not switch up your decorations and furniture? The swap can be as simple as replacing old pillows for more decorative ones or moving an armchair to the other side of a room.

Denise Lockwood has an extensive background in traditional and non-traditional media. She has written for, the Milwaukee Business Journal, Milwaukee Magazine and the Kenosha News.