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‘Winter Depression’ searches up +50%: Experts explain how your home can boost your mood

by uma


  • Interior design experts from My Bespoke Room reveal how interior design can impact your mental health


With searches for ‘winter depression’ and ‘seasonal depression symptoms’ increasing by over +50% in the last 12 months*, the colder, darker months can really impact mental health.

So, it’s important, especially at this time of year, to make sure your home is a cosy, safe, and comfortable sanctuary to escape to when the winter blues start setting in.

To help combat low moods, the interior design experts at My Bespoke Room reveal the different home elements that can help maximise positive vibes.


If there is furniture blocking the flow of movement in your home, this can create inconvenience, frustration, and anxiety.

It doesn’t need to be in-depth Feng Shui but spaces that are easier to navigate can reduce anxiety and help build a stronger relationship with the space in your home, making you feel more at ease.

Having a clear, tidy space will also help you to feel less overwhelmed. There will always be some home life clutter but minimising the amount is a great place to start.


Dark mornings and evenings can have a significant impact on mental health, and many suffer from Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) during the winter due to the lack of light.

If working from home, try to position your desk close to a window with views of the outdoors or swap to LED bulbs as they produce a light that’s closer to natural sunlight and can come in dimmable options to help you find the best light level for the time of day.

By allowing more natural light in during daylight hours and using different forms of lighting in your home, you can help to lessen the symptoms of SAD.

Colour palette

Colours like orange, yellow and gold give that warm sunshine-like feeling to a room, whereas choosing colours like greens and blues in the home reflects the connection with nature and can create feelings of serenity and calm.

Each colour has different psychological connotations and can have different effects on space when used as a dominant colour scheme. Here is a more in-depth commentary on how specific colour palettes can affect mood.


Houseplants have massive mental health benefits and it has been proven that they elevate your mood and productivity thanks to the increase in oxygen levels that they bring – they also look fantastic in a room, with or without flowers.

Flowers have their own superpower as they have a stabilising and calming effect on people, making them feel happier.

Lucy Henderson, Head of Design at My Bespoke Room says: “Personal keepsakes, photographs and mementos, will always bring you joy so make sure to include them in your home décor and put them in pride of place.

“Incorporating items that reflect your life is a great way for your interior design to have an immediate positive effect on your mood and mental health. After all, it is your home and it should always tell your story.”

To find out more interior designs about My Bespoke Room and the services they offer, please visit: https://www.mybespokeroom.com/

If you or anyone you know are suffering from seasonal affective disorder (SAD), visit Mind for more info on treatment and advice or seek help from your GP.