Home has always been something we consider a safe place, a space where we feel well and happy. The Chinese Feng Shui and Indian Vastu Shastra have been exploring the bond between the interior design and well-being for thousands of years. Lately, modern science has embraced this mutual relationship and researched the positive and negative impact of the environment on emotions. The findings from modern science and ancient philosophies allow us to learn to manipulate the interior in order to create a better place to live in. Here is everything you need to know about how to make a gorgeous home that makes you feel good.
The power of colors
Color psychology examines how certain hues affect human emotions and behaviors. As such, it is very useful to keep in mind when decorating your home. Here are several hints that will help you use this knowledge to your benefit:
• Vibrant hues (yellow, orange, green…) encourage socializing.
• Highly-saturated shades are stimulating to the mind.
• Low-saturated shades are relaxing.
• Blue is the most productive color and it is best used in a home office.
• It is also relaxing, so it can be a great choice for the bedroom.
• Red is an adrenaline-pumping shade, and it should be limited to accent tones.
• Yellow reflects happiness and it feels welcoming in small rooms, such as the entryway.
• Green is the most restful of colors, and it is perfect for every room in the house.
• Purple is associated with creativity, and it is ideal for a secondary shade. In its lighter versions, (e.g. lilac or lavender) it promotes rest.
• Orange is energetic and it makes a great home gym option.
• Neutrals (e.g. grey, beige, white…) are flexible and they can be used anywhere.
Cluttered home = cluttered mind
Is your home full of knick-knacks and neglected piles of stuff? This can have a devastating impact on your mood, stress levels, mental hygiene and productivity. That’s why minimalism is the best design approach for your mind.
A safe and cozy place
We have a pretty established idea of how every room in our home should look and feel like. For example, the bedroom should be calm and relaxing, the living room should be cozy and welcoming, the entryway should be organized and inviting… This is the kind of knowledge we need to use when designing to enhance those feelings. For example, the presence of a comfortable leather sofa in the living room calls for socialization and family time, the same way as a cozy bed in the bedroom improves sleep quality. Comfort in the bedroom and the living room is further amplified by adding a variety of textures, such as soft velvet and faux fur. On the other side, a well-organized closet is positive for your mental hygiene.
Let there be space and light
A dark small space makes us feel trapped and unhappy. Ceiling height, for example, impacts occupants’ notion of freedom and mood. However, this is something that cannot be changed easily and without major investments. There are other ways to make space feel larger. Painting the room in lighter hues is one of them. Enhancing the amount of natural light promotes better mood and productivity, while making the room feel more spacious. Consider getting rid of window treatments and introducing mirrors that reflect the light, as well as using full-spectrum light bulbs.
The outdoor is IN
The elements of nature inside the house create an optimal atmosphere for better health and mood. The first that come to mind are houseplants, which are known for their ability to purify the air, lower stress levels, improve productivity and make positive changes for the wellbeing. Other things you can source from nature and include into your interior design are natural wood, stone, clay and fresh flowers.
Interior design is not an exact science, and it is important to personalize it to make your space feel like home. However, there are some generally applicable practices that can improve the well-being of the occupants and contribute to a happier and more encouraging ambiance.