Do you have a happy house? How would you even define what that means? Real estate expert Barbara Corcoran was on The Nate Show the other day and said that when a homebuyer says a house “feels happy,” that’s code for light and bright. Light-filled rooms translate into happy ones.
I think she’s onto something. Since our backyard is heavily wooded, we don’t always have as much light coming in as I’d like. I even have to keep the lights on in some rooms in the middle of the day, which drives me nuts. Love the view, but hate all the indoor shade! I can definitely say I feel happiest when I’m hanging out in our sunnier rooms–especially our new sunroom.
Light can’t be the only thing that determines whether a house feels happy or not, though. I could list a few more things that make my darker rooms feel good, like comfortable chairs to curl up in. Stacks of books waiting to be read. Old family photos. Bright colors like the limeade paint in the kids’ playroom and the turquoise buffet in my dining room.
According to Curbed, the real estate site Trulia surveyed American couples to see what makes them happiest in a house. The majority of women said “closet space.” Most men said “a bedroom big enough for a king-size mattress.”
Something both sexes agreed was necessary for house happiness? “Bright and airy spaces.” Interesting! And it backs up Barbara Corcoran’s theory that a happy house is a light-filled one. Do you agree?
What makes your house feel happy?
P.S. That happy coat rack at the top of the post is from Mary Kay Andrews’ Tybee beach house, which I just looove. You can see the rest of those photos here. (Don’t know the source of the cottage photo, though.)
For more information, check out another post I wrote about Barbara Corcoran: The 5 Things That Sell Houses Faster Now.