The Psychology of Design: The Four Ways Interior Design Influences Your Subconscious

“Design must seduce, shape and perhaps, more importantly, evoke an emotional response.”-April Greiman

Over the years, interior design has always been associated with improving a home’s aesthetics. More often than not, it is utilized in order to inject character and personality into a home. However, while interior design can significantly beautify and enhance a space, one should not overlook and neglect the aspect of which it affects our mood. Interior design is not just about achieving a particular look, selecting new design trends to check out and deciding which decorating style you should emulate. While no doubt all of these are integral aspects of interior design, these are not the only things that matter when it comes to decorating your home. Apart from being described as beautiful and homey, your home’s interiors should be able to evoke an emotional response from you and preferably a positive one.

Notice how organized, clutter-free and aesthetically homes can instantly lift your mood? And notice how a disorganized and unkempt one can make you feel irritated and more prone to being vexed that usual? Well, that is just the psychology of interior design at play. It might have escaped your notice but the dynamics of a home’s interior design can significantly affect a person’s mood. The price tag of a certain home is of no consequence either. Even if you lived in a swanky area such as a condo in Cebu, if it is barely decorated at all you will inevitably feel lonesome in the unit. Whether you believe it or not, your home’s decorations (or lack of it) actually have a documented effect on your emotions and perceptions. So much so, that even something as negligible such as the floral beddings may be contributing to your anxiety. You might even be surprised, but how certain things are positioned would make others generate assumptions about you.

If you want to ensure your home’s are giving off the right impression, read on and use the information to your advantage by creating a design that not only works for you, but for your mood and subconscious as well.

1.) Color Choice Affects Your Mood

Without a doubt, color would play a significant role in affecting your mood. In fact, it may even be considered as a primary component as to how we experience the world around us. After all, color effectively adds dimension and a bit of drama to space. However, apart from creating dimensions, color also has a concrete effect on emotions and moods. In this regard, it is best to engender a home environment and ambiance that fittingly suits the tone you want to create in the space. Utilize hues that stimulate positive emotions and incorporate them appropriately into various areas in your home.

2.) Your processions reveal your personality

After successfully integrating color into your space, you need to decide how to fill this same space. Every subject you choose to fill a space should contribute to the optimum function of a room. However, beyond that, the combination of the items therein—from the tastefully selected furnishings to the wall hangings and down to the smallest and minute detail should act as an expression of what you truly desire and of course, your personality.

3.) Your perception of space would give the illusion of more

While totally an alien concept to non-interior designers, the perception of space when accurately applied has always been an effective means of making homes appear more spacious. For decades, this sentiment has made it possible for rooms to be as user-friendly as possible. Succinctly put, the idea embraces the utilitarian scope of a room by using visual, but functional tricks to alter how others perceive the space around them. In this regard, if you wish to make a room appear larger than it originally is, choose furniture that is scaled to size and is slimmer and utilize mirrors on the black well. The addition of wall hangings can also be used to create depth. If warm and comforting is what you are aiming for, then stick to a warm color pallet and create ambiance with good lighting.

4.) Feng Shui for Good Home Energy

Say what you might about Feng Shui, but it can actually do a lot in improving the overall energy of your home. As a result, your home will not only resonate with positive vibes, but it will be a lot more inviting. Enlist the aid of a seasoned practitioner and have them analyze each space with an energy map. With this, they can use the readings to determine each aspect of their décor including colors and the natural materials used.

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