When searching for interior design inspirations, what we usually consider is their aesthetic aspects.
However, the overall appearance of your home interior is just one piece of the puzzle.
Did you know that there exists psychology in your chosen home interior design? Whatever you put inside your home – colors, furniture, accessories, and décor – they all impact your emotions.
So, aside from what looks pretty in your eyes, it is important to take psychology into account to create an ambience that lifts your mood and positively influences your well-being.
Here are the ways your home décor influences your emotions and some tips to create a happier feel in your space:
Accessories make your home a happy place
Your living room and your kitchen or dining area are where family gatherings and socialization usually take place. Thus, you want to make them the “happy” parts of your home. These areas are also the best places to make a statement. Whether it’s a painting on the ceiling, wall art that involves bold colors and patterns, or 3D floor paint, getting a little more dramatic in the living room and dining area promotes a happy vibe. It’s also a great way to tell your visitors that they are important too.
Incorporating modern home accessories is a great way to spruce up your living space, but you only want to add those accessories which you love. Additionally, it is important to keep your space neat. It has been scientifically proven that clutter evokes negative emotions and can deplete our energy levels.
Colors affect your mood
You may have heard how companies make use of colors to make their products more appealing to consumers. Colors are powerful things. They have the ability to influence our mood almost instantly. They also have the power to impact our decisions. When it comes to home design, colors also play a role not just in promoting the aesthetics of the space but also in trying to achieve the feel and mood the homeowner wants. Colors are more than a visual experience. While reactions to colors can be subjective, certain colors (and shades) produce specific responses.
- Red signifies power and passion. It can be used to add warmth and an intimate feel in a room.
- Yellow symbolizes happiness and creativity. It blends well with neutral colors and in rooms with ample natural light, producing a calming and relaxing feel. Green has soothing qualities. It makes a great accent for the entryway to facilitate the transition from the outdoors to the home interior.
- Black asserts power and can be used as accents on areas or focal points in your house where you want to draw attention.
- White is the color of cleanliness and purity.
- Brown is relaxing and makes a perfect addition to areas where family gatherings and conversations take place.
- Purple represents royalty, luxury, and wealth. It also makes a room feel relaxed and serene.
- Pink is a tranquil color that works well for a bedroom.
Furniture reflects your personality
Your home furniture tells so much about your personality. If you enjoy the simple things, calmness, and quietness, the minimalist approach to decorating is the way. This design trend opens up more space in your home and gets rid of unnecessary stuff. If you love the outdoors, choose Scandinavian style furniture pieces that are inspired by nature. The warm colors and natural materials are so refreshing to the eyes and will instantly make you feel relaxed. Additionally, the way you position your home furniture can impact your mood too. You don’t always have to make things so symmetrical. Putting things against the wall does not only creates dead space. It also stimulates negativity. When it comes to furniture placement, your goal is to let the energy flow and achieve balance. Explore different textures, colors, and varieties when selecting furniture and décor. Here are some more suggestions:
- Integrate more wood, floral upholstery, drapes, coverings, and pillars to stimulate creativity, flexibility, and intuition.
- Anything with glass, water, mirror, or crystal makes a more relaxed and spiritual environment.
- Squares, ceramics, tiles, and bricks promote a sense of order and sensuality.
Light ignites emotions
For more energy and positive vibes, let ample of natural light enter your home. Natural light has vitamin D, which promotes mental health. Artificial light is not only costly (electricity wise), it also has the ability to drain your energy, lower your mood, and make it difficult for you to focus. Decorate with mirrors to bring in more natural light and layer your indoor lighting. This means installing different levels of lighting, giving you an option to adjust the light based on what you need. In addition to your ceiling light, consider having a floor or table lamp as well.
Shapes, textures, and materials for more happiness
Just like colors, certain shapes, textures, and materials can bring more positive emotions in your home. Bold, exaggerated patterns, which are seen in eclectic homes, demonstrate positivity and optimism. Soft, curvy textures promote feelings of relaxation and are perfect for the living room and the bedroom. If you want to create a romantic feel, use fabrics that are soft and touchable and have some drape in them. Take note, however, that while there must be a dominant texture to define a mood, you want to add a contrasting texture to instill balance.
While you want to design your home to make it look appealing, you should also incorporate elements that will promote positive feelings for everyone who enters your home, including yourself of course! It isn’t always a popular topic, but the psychology of home interior design is equally important as the aesthetic aspects. So, it will be perfect to add carpets and rugs that will bring softness to your living space.
There are many ways to stimulate positive emotions in your home through decorating. These include incorporating accessories and furnishings especially in areas where gathering and entertaining take place, allowing lots of natural light, choosing suitable colors that promote various emotions, adding furniture that speaks of yourself, and creating a happier space with shapes, materials, and textures.