Psychology of Interior Design: How Interior Design Affects Your Home’s Atmosphere
Why do we decorate our homes? The first thing that usually comes into mind when required to think of the reason why we decorate is, of course, to make our home aesthetically pleasing. But did you know that there’s actually more depth to interior design than that?
Why do we decorate our homes? The first thing that usually comes into mind when required to think of the reason why we decorate is, of course, to make our home aesthetically pleasing. But did you know that there’s actually more depth to interior design than that? For instance, as the title of this article suggests, you can actually affect your home’s atmosphere, its overall energy, with strategic and well-curated home decor pieces. In fact, that’s what we are going to talk about today. We are going to share with you a quick guide on how to decorate your home to make it a more positive and relaxing place to live in. Excited? Then let’s get started.
Have you ever wondered why certain companies always use the same colors for their logos? For instance, we bet you can think of ten brands right now that have a red logo. Why is that? That’s because colors have the power to affect our psychology. Marketers have discovered this fact and used it to their advantage for a very long time. But we can use that same power in our homes as well to improve its overall atmosphere.
Here are color ideas and their effects according to interior design expert, Natalie Craig:
Blue and green hues induce calm and relaxation and are thus great for rooms of rest like bedrooms. Be aware, though, that they can also evoke sadness.
Yellow and orange hues, on the flip side, are positive and upbeat. However, they can be overly stimulating when used too. Hence, do so with care, in rooms that need that extra boost of energy like craft rooms and home offices.
Speaking of home offices, white stimulates mental clarity.
For home theaters, black and red express passion and drama, but they can also suggest death and rage so don’t use them with abandon.
We believe, though, that there are instances when colors mean different things to people. After all, there are colors in our memory too. For instance, while white can stimulate focus, it can also remind one of a hospital room. This is the reason why we recommend listening to your instincts as well, when choosing a new color for your home.
Color is not the only factor that can influence your mood at home. Home accessories, like lighting and wall art can do the same.
For instance, did you know that the temperature of your lighting can significantly affect your productivity and energy? This is the reason why the lighting in offices and malls are always blasted up since they lower melatonin and feelings of fatigue.
Having said that, you might want to use warmer lighting in bedrooms and cooler lighting in your home office and kitchen, where you are required to be constantly alert. We understand that a lot of people love to read in bed and that warm lighting can be straining to one’s eyes. Hence, we recommend using focused lighting fixtures instead, like lamps. Plus, they can double up as decorative elements too.
We don’t really have to say this anymore since most of us, even subconsciously, know that visual art and photos can evoke different feelings. There are artworks that move people to tears. There are photos of people and places that remind us of beautiful memories. These visual stimuli can improve the energy of any home, so make sure to curate your wall art carefully, and use frames that fit them perfectly.
Just the presence of living things like pets and greenery can already change the mood of one’s home for the better, but flowers, well, they’re special. You see, not only do they affect the atmosphere of a room through their colors (as we have discussed above), but through their scent as well. It’s called aromatherapy. Jasmine and lavender are our favorites.
In the end, the secret behind improving the energy within your home is the careful curation of the things that you put there. Sure, lighting and color, scents and photos, they can all improve your mood and create a more positive atmosphere in your home. But you can also get equal results by surrounding yourself with the things that bring you joy. Get more intimate with your space. Turn it into a sanctuary of your favorite things. And you’ll end up with a warm and inviting home with a lot of character and interest. Good luck!
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