Some Interesting Interior Design Facts
Colour effects us more than we realise
There are many articles on the psychology of colour, and for good reason – different colours and tones can have a definitive effect on both our emotions and moods. Blue decreases appetite for example, and orange is supposedly the best colour for concentration and productivity. It’s also advisable to avoid yellow when painting your baby’s room. Whilst cheerful and warm, it actually has been shown to make babies more prone to crying! Not ideal for those first few months. To the adult, yellow strains eyes and can cause eye fatigue. Red evokes strong emotion and encourages appetite hence it is widely used in dining rooms.
Remember, when you choose which colours to include in your interior, three picks are better than one.
Lighting can affect your mental health
Too much or too little light disrupts the body’s natural sleep cycle, which can in turn lead to stress and sleep deprivation – both of which suppress your immune system. Keeping your home adequately lit throughout the day will enhance sleep and is an easy way to make you happier.
A nice view out of your window can ease pain
Studies conducted in hospitals revealed that patients needed far less pain medication and could recover more quickly when they could view landscapes out of their windows. Access to videos of nature – forests, waterfalls and oceans – also decreased pain, thanks for the relaxing effect the videos had. Make sure that the rooms in your house have plenty of windows and you’ll be onto a winner.
Design with Humans in Mind
Interiors should be designed with humans in mind, who understand space at an instrinsic level. According to experts the ground should be darkest, like a path, whereas the mid-range, eye-level colours should be neutral, and the ceiling should be light, like the sky. According to these designers, humans feel most comfortable in spaces that follow nature, instead of monochromatic bubbles and this is the reason everyone wants hardwood floors — it replicates the forest floor. These Monochromatic bubbles are suggested to be dangerous for older people. “A 75-year old sees just 1/2 the contrast of a 25-year old. A 95-year old sees just 1/5 the contrast.” So single-color hallways in hospitals for example actually “increase stress for older people.”
Balance makes us happy and keeps our minds interested
According to the Gestalt Psychology, though our eyes take in separate pieces of information, our brains boil all of it down into a singular, simpler, recognizable pattern. As far as interiors are concerned, this means that we see rooms as a whole – a kitchen, a living room, a bathroom – before we can focus on the individual design elements themselves.
Try to work at least one pattern into every design project. Your bedroom could feature a pair of matching lamp shades or reading lamps. Three evenly spaced bar stools could add a sense of symmetry to your kitchen island. Even if it’s as simple as placing a sofa on either side of the coffee table, give the brain a symmetrical element to hook onto and you’ll increase your chances making your guests gasp in delight.
The first time that we step into a new interior, our brains automatically process two things: Aesthetics and Function. The best design projects will mix both in a way that is so subtle and integrated that you’ll have trouble distinguishing the two. But, you don’t need to have years of training under your belt to accomplish this task – all you need is a little symmetry.
First, you need to decide on the room’s focal point. This should be the one object that immediately draws the eye and, ideally, should provide a crucial clue about the space’s function.
Once you’ve established your room’s focal point, use it as the centre of your symmetrical design. Build a cosy circular seating area around the fireplace in your family room. Flank a bathtub with his-and-hers vanities for a bold statement in your master bathroom or highlight a piece of art with twin bookshelves in your study.
Not forgetting asymmetrical balance which will give depth and visual interest to your rooms. It often comes off as feeling more authentic and relaxed than more traditionally ordered spaces. When it comes to achieving asymmetry that works, focus on choosing design elements that, though distinct, are still similar in mass and form. Make sure that they are placed equally distant from the room’s centre point. As you work on positioning, don’t hesitate to trust you gut.
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