4 DIY Project Ideas to Improve Your Quality of Life
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4 DIY Project Ideas to Improve Your Quality of Life

Saturday, September 1, 2012 0 Comments

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Home improvement isn’t just about improving your home, it’s also about enhancing the way you live on a daily basis. Science has proven that the aesthetic features of your surroundings can play a significant role in your mood and mindset. Creating a comfortable and visually appealing home doesn’t have to cost a lot of money, and you don’t necessarily have to be a professional handyman either. Consider the following 4 DIY (do-it-yourself) ideas that can improve the quality of your life:

Create Custom Lampshades

Lampshades are easy to make and decorate, and despite their low cost and simplicity, they can have a noticeable impact on the “vibe” of a room by changing the lighting. Colored lampshades are great for creating a fine-tuned atmosphere, as studies have shown that colors can have an effect on moods, emotions, and feelings. For example, blue light tends to make people feel calm and relaxed, while bright yellow light may cause more anxious feelings. You can also add text or ornaments to your lampshades for extra flair.

Bring Plants Indoors

Most people associate plants with outdoor landscaping and gardening; however, there are many types of plants that grow well indoors. Bringing vegetation inside contributes towards better air quality by increasing indoor oxygen levels. Of course, this doesn’t mean a few plants can replace an air filter, but even if the oxygen boost isn’t significant, the stress-relieving visual comfort that plants provide will have you “breathing easier.”

Bring More Sunlight into the Home

Illuminating your home with sunlight is doubly beneficial – it saves on energy costs by reducing dependency on artificial lighting, and it is healthy for your body (and your indoor plants, if you went with the previous suggestion). There are three main ways to let natural light penetrate your home more efficiently – you can install new windows, heighten existing windows, or install small sun roofs that let light in directly from above. You may even want build a sunroom or greenhouse, or extend your property by making the decision to…

Add a Deck or Patio

Most people can build a deck with fairly little training, although this would be a more expensive project than the other DIY ideas on this list. If you’re not confident in your ability to design and build an exterior home addition independently, there are patio/deck kits available that make it easy to attach a screened-in porch or deck to your home, and most conventional tool sets include all of the hardware needed to do so.