Psychology of Interior Design

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Today we would like to bring to your attention a very important topic of

How Decor Affects Your Emotions At Home

Well-being of each of us depends from the first moment we decide to decorate a space, from a guest reception or master bedroom.

Even the bond between Interior Design and our emotions has gained a lot of attention in  the last decade, this environmental psychology exists for thousands of years – as Feng Shui , which have shown the ability of interior design elements to evoke positive and negative emotional response.

These elements manipulate decorative elements with the goal of encouraging creativity, peace and happiness.

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All we designers, love a good dose of color.  But adding color or designing a creative design is about a lot more than just having a pretty room.

There are many different elements that go into the experience of a space, and they can all have a significant impact on the way that we relate to our surroundings.

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  • The Movement Through The Space 

No matter what type of style, color scheme, decoration elements you choose, the movement is essential to maintain a visual tempo between elements that have different visual weights. Elements repeated in an orderly fashion and the spaces between them create a sense of rhythm.

Rhythm can be achieved in any living space by following these three methods – Repetition, Alternation and Progression. Repetition refers to the repeated use of the design elements like color, texture and pattern or any other physical attributes like home décor items in an orderly way.

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  • Color Basics

A main component of how we experience the world around us is thank to colors. And it may come to you as a surprise the fact that the colors in our environment have a definitive effect of our mood and emotions.

As you decided to conceptualize your home’s interior design, make sure that you are using colors which will fit with the tone you want to create in the space, as well combine them smartly.

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In our previous post regarding the color, Understanding Color, we explained more about the benefits choosing an calm or vibrant color.

Whatever dramatic color you will choose at the end, remember that three picks are better than one. Choose a neutral for the large area designed like walls and flooring, a calm color for furniture and accessories. Pick a third more dramatic color to pop in your statement accessories and decor.

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  • Know Your Vision

Whatever decision you will take, either will work with an interior designer or design it by yourself, ask yourself, what is the vision of that space?

What is the feeling you want your space to convey: warmth and relaxation, bright and cheerful, sophisticated and glamorous? Or maybe you’re just not sure. If so, don’t worry. Sometimes a trip down memory lane is all you need to wake up your senses and get your creative spices popping.

One of the ways to do that is to think about the space you want to decorate and draw a timeline of all the spaces you like it until now.

Then jot down the qualities you like most about any of the spaces and use those qualities to create your ideal space vision statement. Your statement may be elaborate or something as simple as, “I want a living room space that is modern, cheerful, and inviting”

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  • Anticipation or Expectations

Sometimes you want things to be exactly as they seem or as they “should be.” There is comfort in having one’s expectations met.

Being able to predict basic things like where you will place the bed or how the wall of TV will look like, can help us maintain a sense of control.

The world is filled with unrelenting anxiety, and keeping those confusions out of your home can ensure that your home will be a piece of heaven.

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But there are other situations in which you may want to shake things up a bit. Selecting a color that’s one notch beyond your comfort zone might give your home that ” wow” factor that you’ve been missing.

Play with patterns, mix up your furnishings, put odd items on the wall, and shuffle things around. Having a sense of adventure when it comes to your home can also give it a significantly different tenor.

After all, it’s important to consider these elements together. They’re a total package, and it’s their multifaceted interplay that really creates the “feel” of a room. It’s often hard to describe what it’s like to “experience” a room, but it may be easier to understand when you consider its component parts.

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Design psychology might seem like it only focuses on the past, but designing a space that fits not just your current needs but future ones as well is just as important.

Most people go to designers for a perfect result and so your space shouldn’t just reflect where you’ve been or where you are, but also where you hope to go and who you would like to be.

Rooms that have the right amount of novelty and stimulation exude a freshness that gives a home energy.

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What ways do you give meaning to your space?

One thought on “Psychology of Interior Design

  1. Both the psychological and physical aspect of our health is affected by the spaces, both in the interior and exterior architecture and interior design of the spaces in which we work and reside, rest and play. The wellbeing model is central to this, but the medical and holistic are very much a part of it too. Materials play a huge role, running water and breathable, organic paints. The psychology of interiors is something I’m interested in. My blog, Those Inside which discusses this alongside other things. It’s a new blog 😊


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