MINDFUL INTERIOR DESIGN:

Have you ever walked into a space and wondered why you felt so immediately uncomfortable? Something just felt off.

I bet the opposite has happened, too. You entered a room and instantly felt at home.

Our environment profoundly affects us, whether we are consciously aware of the reasons why or why not. It definitely makes the difference between feeling happy at home or not so much.

This week’s article talks about this very subject—how interior design affects us on a subconscious level. It was written by Nina Wells from the UK.

Enjoy!

Article: HOW INTERIOR DESIGN AFFECTS YOU SUBCONSCIOUSLY

When we think of interior design some of the first things we might think about is the colour on the walls and the furniture in a space. We also think about lighting and how arranging everything can make a huge difference in function and traffic flow. What might not be immediately apparent is the ways in which your home may be a clue to your personality likes and dislikes, and how these design features may be having an impact on our subconscious. Think about the last time you went to a home of a new acquaintance or client. You might not be aware, but the surroundings of the space probably led you to make immediate assumptions about them, whether positive or negative. If the space was filled with very bland, neutral colours and many hard surfaces (quartz, tile, ceramic, glass) then you might have got the impression that the person living in that space was cold and not very welcoming. Colour probably has the single biggest impact on how we feel in a room. Different paint colours can serve to stimulate appetite, make us calmer, or even help us to wake up in the morning.

Red; this colour can warm up a space and add drama. It symbolizes both power and passion.

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Yellow; the most obvious colour for a happy, creative space. If you have a room with lots of natural light, a pale yellow will make a space in which you’ll return time and again for a mood boost.

Orange; used in a large amount, orange can be a bit overwhelming, but as an accent or feature wall, this colour can deliver big on positive energy.

Blue; you’ll often see blue in kitchens or bathrooms and that’s because blue gives the perception of freshness and is a calming colour. In a bathroom this colour can help create a spa like surrounding without being stark, which sometimes happens when homeowners resort to too much white.

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Green; a colour that can help stabilize mood, the right green can soothe.

Gray; this colour has had a surge in popularity for use all over the home, and it’s likely that we sense the need for a space of relaxation that this colour achieves.

Purple; another colour that is great as a feature wall but hard to take as a main colour in a room, purple gives the sense of luxury and sophistication.

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Black; this is a very bold colour, and like red is a great symbol for power when used in a space, although black may come off as a little more aggressive.

Since most people pick a variety of colours for their homes, it’s easy enough to create different moods in different spaces. It’s amazing how many people paint a room in a soft shade of yellow only to find their family gathered in this space more than any other in the home. Without realizing it, they’ve gravitated to a room that is ideal for feeling good and getting those creative juices flowing.

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Besides colour, another primary reason that you may feel the way you do in certain spaces is the clutter or starkness in your home. In a home that contains a raft of clutter from ceiling to floor, you may not realize that you harbour anxiety or a low mood, even to the degree of leading to a feeling of helplessness. Good organization within your home can help to relieve this problem and allow for a more clutter free environment in which you can take your ease. On the opposite end of the spectrum, you may also feel that a space devoid of personal belongings isn’t inviting or welcoming. Generally a home that is fairly tidy and neat gives most people a sense of calm, and allows them to move about the space without any feeling of angst. Placing a few key and meaningful possessions around the home will help you to feel that the space is truly yours; a reflection of your personality or the personality of family members. Framing and displaying funny family photos may lead you to enjoy a space even more, sparking good memories and sending a message to visitors that you don’t take yourself too seriously.

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The furniture in your home also sends a lot of messages about who you are and what is important to you. A large comfortable couch, for example, might subconsciously invite family members (especially in regards to children) to snuggle while they watch a movie, while a stiff love seat might make family members feel that the space is more conducive to adult visitors for conversation.

This article is written by Nina Wells. Nina is a guest author from Vidalux and is a respected and expert voice in a plethora of health related subjects with over 10 years of writing under her belt.

Until next time…

Blessings from my home to yours,

Nancy
Dedicated to helping YOU live your rooms—not the other way around


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