July 21, 2017

When you walk into a room, the first thing you notice is how it feels. The colors, furniture, sounds, smell, and overall decoration set the mood. For example, if you walk into a dark room with string lights, a soft, fluffy rug, and a large chair in the corner with a beautiful lamp, you may want to relax and open a book. How you decorate can reveal a lot about yourself, too. It can reveal social class, style, whether you have kids or not, and many other things, too. My father decorated his house with wooden floors and a large accent carpet because he lived in the woods and appreciated different types of wood, but needed a carpet due to the kids always dropping toys and other objects on the floor. My mother bought stainless steel appliances and spent time and money on our kitchen, revealing her love and talent for cooking. Although not commonly thought of or discussed, decor is the most important part of the room. It’s what makes a home, home.

Four years ago, I lost my family home to a fire. Everything I had ever owned went up in flames. My family moved into a small rental home shortly after. I tried to stay upbeat, but nothing in the new place was mine. The white walls stared at me, almost taunting me about what I had lost. It wasn’t until I hung up my first picture frame that I started to feel like my room belonged to me.

Eventually, this led to paint, a bed stand, a beautiful carpet, and a new western bed set. My room’s decor set a blissful mood, and it helped me enjoy spending time in this new house. It helped turn the house into a home.

Decor is extremely important and is an overlooked item that truly helps enhance humanity.