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4 Elements That Can Make Your Home Spacious Again.

4 Elements That Can Make Your Home Spacious Again.

Decades ago the world used to be the home for approximately 1 billion inhabitants, now we have 6 times the amount it once was. Deaths and births is an everyday ordeal in many parts of the world, while one community decreases another increases. This has led to competition for space and maximizing a space.

While having a home is considered a huge luxury and a great accomplishment, we are constantly having our own battles with space. We aren’t sure on how we can maximize our space and create an ambiance which is welcoming and spacious.

How can you use your space to its maximum potential? Can you make any home transform into a picture for a magazine cover? All these questions have lead us this article, where you can find out how your space can be turned from a drag into a fantasy.

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1. Use The Right Colors

Personally, I recall, the first time I moved into my own apartment; I had a pretty small loft where I had to incorporate my bedroom , dressing, dining and office together. I cracked my head and got myself in a rut trying to figure out how to maximize my space.

Stumbling upon a magazine I realized the one way to make my tiny loft seem like a huge mansion is to choose the right colors to accentuate my space. Off white tones, light green, soft blue and yellow have proven to create wonders in a small space. Painting my loft with off-white tones and shading the trimming in an even lighter color, made my space look larger then it supposed to.

This gave me the motivation to get up in the morning and continue on working, as well as enjoy a good night sleep. Space well maximized is a place that creates productivity as well as peace.

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2. Choose The Right Type Of Doors

We have all seen English movies where the doors are embroidered with amazing architecture as well as made with the finest wood. From Japanese traditions all the way to European heritage, history has exhibited their power and growth through their design and architecture. Doors have played a crucial part in that too.

One of the great hacks that I’ve found out is to incorporate Bi-folding doors in one’s living space. Bi-folding doors are doors that have either two folds or a singular fold. These doors extend when needed and you can easily extend the spaces in your house due to the fact that you aren’t building an extra wall to accommodate a door. Unlike the French doors or the Patio doors, the bi-fold doors consume less space as well as come with an exquisite and intricate design.

On the other hand in this modern world, a multi-purpose home is something to be proud of. If you’re able to extend your space from a small office to a party venue, then you can definitely impress your friends.

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3. Make Use Of The Mirror Elements

If you grew up in an Asian household, you would find mirrors in various corners of the house. It’s used to ward off evil and it’s sometimes used to attract good luck. Hence if you walked into any Asian house you will feel this odd sense of spaciousness and calmness. It’s accentuated by the brightness of their home and the warmth of their color palettes.

How do mirrors create an illusion of space? The reflecting properties of mirrors don’t only reflect what’s in front of you but also reflect the space hence extending it to twice the actual space. Mirrors also reflect light and these elements together create a cohesive yet elegant space for you to function.

A bright and spacious place doesn’t only give you the comfort of a new home but also keeps your mind healthy and your life productive.

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4. Choose The Right Type of Windows

No home is complete without the right type of windows. Windows create the illusion of space as it allows natural light in. Sunlight usually gives a home the ambiance of warmth and comfort. Therefore a home with no windows creates chaos and negativity.

Usually, homes with larger windows create a wider space area, however, depending on the rooms the windows should be catered to them. Bedrooms should have a wider window to allow the maximum amount of sunlight to penetrate the room, giving you the boost you need to wake up.

In the living room, vertical windows help create a welcome and homely room. How you arrange the windows is up to you, however, consulting an interior designer would help you navigate through designing your home.

In Conclusion.

Any space can be made spacious with the right tools. Find out what your home needs and gets to it.

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Last Updated on March 30, 2020

How to Tap into Your Right Brain’s Potential

How to Tap into Your Right Brain’s Potential

You may have heard someone say they are “totally right brained” or that they’re “a left brained person.”

There is a pervasive myth that’s been making its rounds for over a century: people have two hemispheres of their brains, and if they have a dominant left brain, they’re more analytical; and if they have a dominant right brain, they are more creative.

Before we go debunking this theory and then giving some tips for how people can access their creative brain centers, let’s first take a look at where the left brain/right brain lateralization theory comes from.

The Left Brain/Right Brain Lateralization Theory

In the 1800s, scientists discovered that when patients injured one side of their brains, certain skills were lost.[1] Scientists linked those different skills to one side of the brain or the other. Thus began the left brain/right brain myth that continues to this day.

Then, in the 1960s and 70s, Roger W. Sperry led 16 operations that cut the corpus callosum (the largest region that connects both brain hemispheres together) in order to try to treat patients’ epilepsy. Sperry wrote about the differences in the two hemispheres as a result of those surgeries.[2]

Sperry’s work was popularized in 1973 with a New York Times article about his lateralization theory—that people were either right brained (read: logical) or left brained (read: creative). From here, Sperry won the Nobel Prize for his work and numerous other publications spread the right brain/left brain myth.

Debunking the Right Brain/Left Brain Myth

If anything, the lateralization theory of the brain is a gross exaggeration. It is true that people have two hemispheres of their brains. It is also true that there are differences in the composition of those two hemispheres.

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However, the hemispheres are actually much more interconnected than Sperry’s work initially made it seem.

In a 2013 study,[3] scientists scanned over 1000 people’s brains, checking for lateralization. They confirmed that certain brain functions occur predominately in one hemisphere or the other but that, in reality, the brain is actually much more interconnected and complex than the right brain/left brain lateralization theory makes it seem.[4][5]

A New Metaphor for Right Brain/Left Brain

How do we get past this right brain/left brain myth?

First, let’s look at what contemporary cognitive science says about brain regions, and creative and logical modes of thinking.

My background is as an improviser and improv researcher. I wrote Theatrical Improvisation, Consciousness, and Cognition and think looking at improvisation and the brain can shed light on a new model for talking about unlocking the brain’s creative potential.

Functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) brain scans have shown that while trained improvisers improvise (musically on a keyboard, rapping, and comedic improvisation) an interesting shift happens in their brain activity. [6]

A region called the dorsolateral prefrontal cortex decreases in activity and creative language centers such as the medial prefrontal cortex increase in activity. The dorsolateral prefrontal cortex is linked with conscious thoughts—that inner voice that tells you not to say something or criticizes you when you do.

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The medial prefrontal cortex is among the brain regions linked with creativity. So, instead of thinking about right brain and left brain, perhaps it’s more current and correct to think about more specific brain regions instead of hemispheres. Perhaps, it’s more useful to think about which activities and strategies will allow us to inhibit our dorsolateral prefrontal cortexes and allow our medial prefrontal cortexes to flourish.

How to Enhance Your “Right Brain” — Creativity

Whether we’re talking about right brain versus left brain, creative versus logical, or medial prefrontal cortex versus dorsolateral prefrontal cortex, we still know enough to talk about strategies to tap into your creative brain’s full potential.

So, now that we’ve dispelled the right brain/left brain myth and looked at a more contemporary, cognitive neuroscience theory of brain regions and creativity centers, let’s look at how to tap into the potential of your creative brain.

1. Performing Arts

One way to tap into your creative brain centers is to participate in the performing arts. Whether you improvise, act, or dance, the performing arts allow you an embodied experience that will help you snap out of your habitual, logical thoughts.

Another benefit of the performing arts is that it changes your attention. Attention and creativity are inextricably linked. When we improvise, act, or dance, we have to focus intently on our fellow performers. This means we are forced to focus less on our conscious, logical thoughts. This frees us up for more creative thinking and expression.[7]

One of the conclusions of my research on improvisation is that focusing intensely on fellow improvisers and the task at hand makes it more likely that we experience a flow state. Dr. Csikszentmihalyi,[8] a Professor of Psychology and Management defines flow as an optimal psychological state when our skills match the difficulty of the task at hand. Our perception of time is altered as we get into the zone and become more present and in the moment during our chosen activity.[9]

A flow state is a creative state. It’s the opposite of crunching numbers and forcing ourselves to work out a problem with the conscious regions of our brain. So, get up, improvise, act, or dance to access your creativity.

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2. Visual Art

Art teacher Betty Edwards[10] wrote a book called Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain. Here again, we see that a shift in our attention can lead us to an increase in our creative thinking.

Edwards’ book gives art students tricks to shift the way they see the world. For example, one exercise encourages students to literally flip whatever it is they’re drawing upside down before they draw it. This forces budding artists to literally see the object in a new way. This shift allows them to focus more on the individual components and patterns of the object, which allows them to draw it better.

Shifting how we see things is another way we can access our creative brain centers. Take an art class to shut off your conscious, critical thoughts and start seeing things from a new, more creative perspective.

3. Zone Out

If there’s one thing creativity doesn’t like, it’s being coerced.

I think we’ve all felt that awful feeling of trying to force ourselves to be creative. When we force it, we’re really trying to force our logical brain regions to be creative. It’s like asking your gardener to perform your appendix surgery. It’s just not what she does.

Instead, stop forcing it. Take a break. Take a long walk or a relaxing bath or shower. Let your mind wander.

Whatever you do, stop forcing it. This break lets your creative centers rise to the surface of your attention and get heard.

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4. Practice Mindfulness

The final trick to start accessing your so-called right brain is to practice mindfulness.

Now, there’s a lot of different ways to go about mindfulness. You can take a more physical approach with a yoga class. Or you can try meditating to become more aware and in tune with your thoughts and feelings: Meditation for Beginners: How to Meditate Deeply and Quickly

You could also try to incorporate fun mindfulness exercises[11] into your everyday routine like forcing yourself to go on detours or pretending you’re a detective who needs to examine people and places closely.

Any way you do it, mindfulness exercises and training can help you become better versed in how your brain works and what your normal thought process is like on a day-to-day basis. If we’re ever going to reach our optimal creativity, we have to become an expert in how our individual brain functions. Mindfulness is one way to become your very own brain expert.

Mindfulness also has added benefits like calming us, slowing our breathing, and helping us become more observant, which are also great ways to start tapping into our creative potential.

Final Thoughts

So, it may not be correct to say that our right brain is our creative brain, but it is still a valid pursuit to try to optimize our creative brain centers.

The key to do so is to relax, become observant, shift your perspective, move your body, try something new, and, whatever you do, don’t force it.

Creativity can feel slippery. It can abandon us when we need it most, but by slowing down and looking at things from a new perspective, we can give ourselves a better chance of tapping into our ultimate creativity, even if that doesn’t exactly mean our “right brain.”

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