Home Design Amps Up Happiness

Eighty-seven percent of 6,000 respondents recently said their home design influences overall happiness, according to a new survey by the remodeling website Houzz.

Seventy-four percent of home owners credit a remodeling or redecorating job in the past two years for making them happier. Still, 51 percent of respondents who describe their home as “in need of work” say they’re happy at home.

The two key home elements that respondents say have the power to make them happier at home were big windows and comfortable furniture, according to the survey.

Home owners say they’re happiest in rooms that are clean and organized and comfortable (with men showing more preference for comfort and women favoring rooms that are more clean and tidy). Forty-two percent of respondents say they’re happiest in the living/family room, and 15 percent said they were happiest in the kitchen.

Home owners also link certain smells with happiness at home. Respondents said the scent of “good food cooking” or baking made them happier at home, followed by smells of a fresh outdoor breeze and candles.

Source: “What Really Makes Us Happy at Home? Find Out From a New Houzz Survey,” Houzz (March 19, 2014)