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6 Ways In Which Interior Design Affects Your Mood

6 Ways In Which Interior Design Affects Your Mood

Did you know that your mood and psychological well-being are impacted by your interior design decisions? It is! So why not let interior design psychology work for you. You can use each one differently to improve your health and well-being, raise your mood, and enhance the design of your home, too.  The use of light, color, and the amount of decor in a room all can have an effect on you.

Here are a few tricks and tools for enhancing your mood by using interior design psychology.

1. Choice of Color

Certain colors affect our moods – we may even say we are feeling blue! When the marketing industry recognized that the color red has been proven to make people hungry, brands like McDonald’s, Burger King, and Wendy’s took advantage. A study even shows that the color red can make your heart rate increase! In interior design, designers generally agree upon the following effects of color: 

  • Red symbolizes energy, power, and love.
  • Orange symbolizes creativity, optimism, and youthfulness.
  • Sunny days and cheerfulness are often associated with the color yellow.
  • Throughout the year, green is the color of nature – flowers in bloom and trees in bloom are the things that come to mind when spring and summertime come.
  • The color blue is considered to represent the sky and the sea, thereby creating a more soothing psychological effect in their use within interior design. 
  • Often, purple is associated with royalty and luxury.

2. The Room Arrangement

Many people prefer their space to be arranged one way and the concept of moving things around might not really excite them. However, it is recommended that you reorganize once in a while to freshen up your space to excite your mind and also to make your space more interesting! 

As well, reorganizing your home can also be an effective stress management tool. Start with your kitchen, then move to larger rooms such as your living room. Try rearranging seating and relocating your desk next to a window with an open view of your balcony or garden. This will bring a whole new look to your home and open up your space. 

3. Utilization of Space

When we are surrounded by clutter, we become anxious – just think of the stacks of dishes we have in the sink. Oy vey! However, there is always a flip side. If you have too much unused space, your home could feel less like a home, and actually contribute to feelings of loneliness. Hire a decorator or search the internet for ideas on how to utilize your specific space without it feeling cluttered. 

If you are looking to make a smaller space feel larger, a simple trick is to hang mirrors on the walls. It is also possible to create the illusion of a larger space just by using lighter colors. When it comes to choosing a coffee table, white is nicer than black or brown! As well, don’t paint your walls dark colors, it will only shrink your space. 

4. Calm Lighting

Darkness brings us down, while natural light keeps us happy. Remember that in the western hemisphere, the sun rises in the east, setting in the west, so when you are building new homes, you should consider the placement of windows to allow more light in. When considering the presence of light within a room, it’s always a good idea to consider the psychology of interior design. As an example, if you want to keep the sun shining bright, place translucent curtains on your windows to prevent the blockage of light.

5. Personality

When you add a unique twist to any interior design concept, it makes each project individually captivating. So, when designing your space, keep in mind your individual style and personality. Even though the psychology of interior design plays a role in lighting, colors, and other factors, the most simple way to create a joyful space is to tailor it to your desires. This ensures that the space will be well-loved and comforting. 

6. Objects

Balance is the key to decorating every room. As we mentioned above, a room with too much clutter gives a muddled look and can cause stress. In addition, an overly simple décor can cause loneliness. So, try and strike a balance when it comes to objects and trinkets in your home. We all have personal objects passed down from our family or collected over our lives. So, take care to display them, but not cause clutter. This can be done with floating shelves or other types of home improvements to your space.

Feel Good In Your Home

Overall, it’s fairly easy to make our homes look and feel the way we want them to. What’s most important is that our space is tailored to how we are as people and how we would like to feel. When decorating, remember the effect of color, room arrangement, lighting, and personality. All of these elements will make you feel excited and happy about your home and beyond. 

What mood-boosting home decor tips do you have? Please share them in the comments at the bottom of this page. We’d love to hear from you!

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April 16, 2021


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  1. Donna Heidenreich says:

    There is very little in my home for which I do not have emotional attachment. Especially since the pandemic, and now that my mobility is significantly limited due to breaking both bones in my leg, I sit in my living room gazing at all the things I have collected throughout my life, each and every one of them makes me smile, evoking a cherished memory. Some may call it a bit cluttered but these are the memories of my life and I cherish every one as I approach entrance into my seventh decade.

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