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The Psychology of Interior Design

Home design can have a powerful influence on your mood, productivity level and overall outlook on life. Understanding a few highlights of design psychology will help you create a comfortable ambience in your home.

  • Tap into natural light. Research has shown that mood and energy levels are directly affected by the amount of natural light we take in each day. Light can decrease depression and increase cognitive performance. When designing your space, look for opportunities to maximize natural light. Position furniture near windows when possible, and use blackout curtains only where necessary. If you use curtains or blinds for privacy at night, be sure to open them when you wake, as starting your day with light can help reset your internal clock and improve your mood.

  • Organize and simplify. A cluttered, disorganized home can make you feel unsettled. As you decorate, look for opportunities to get rid of things that don't serve a purpose or bring you joy. Organize your space by incorporating storage solutions such as shelving, hooks and cupboards.

  • Showcase your personality. Your home decor says a lot about who you are. If you love to cook and entertain, you may want to make your kitchen a welcoming focal point of your home. If you are passionate about travel, you may choose to display photos from your adventures. If you surround yourself with things that make you happy, you're sure to improve your mood.

Set the Mood With Color Color can have a powerful impact on your mood. If you're trying to evoke emotion or achieve a certain atmosphere, choose your colors carefully. Understanding color psychology can help you select the right hues to achieve your desired outcome.

  • White: simplicity, purity, spaciousness

  • Black: Strength, elegance

  • Blue: Freshness, calm

  • Green: Nature, relaxation

  • Red: Passion, intimacy, warmth

  • Yellow and orange: Energy, happiness

  • Purple: Luxury, decadence

  • Gray: Intelligence, maturity, sophistication


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