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Elements of Interior Design Psychology

by Jeanette Joy Fisher

 

 

What are the elements of interior design?

Interior designers study the elements or principles of interior design from many perspectives. Traditional studies include the history of furnishings emphasizing period architectural and furniture design styles. Today, interior designers study socially responsible design, environmental or green design, along with Feng Shui and India's holistic design Vastu.

Design Psychology exceeds "traditional" interior design practice by considering the effects of interior design elements on our five senses, as well as our emotions. Rather than decorating to impress or to follow a certain style, you can choose specific lighting, color, patterns, and other design elements to support your happiness and well-being.

Design Psychology includes an understanding of both physiological and psychological effects of interior design elements. For instance, our pituitary gland releases tranquilizing hormones when we view sky blue. Knowledge of physiological effects of color can be applied to home makeovers to ensure a room uplifts, calms, or energizes.


Our physiological reaction to design elements leads to our psychological response. We all know that a trickling waterfall not only looks pretty, but relaxes those nearby. But do you know that certain lighting choices make you feel irritable, while other lighting decisions comfort? You know that colors influence your emotions. Are you aware that undulating patterns uplift the spirit, while some geometric patterns cause anxiety?

Design Psychology you can help you choose interior design elements to bring about emotional support in your home makeover. You encourage happiness based on the way your senses-- vision, hearing, touch, smell, and even taste--react to specific choices of interior design details.

Makeover Your Home for Happiness with Design Psychology

Design Psychology Elements

  • First, learn about lighting -- the most important factor in residential design.
  • Next, use colors appropriate to the natural setting, lighting, and desired emotional response. This takes you one step further than color psychology.
  • Then think about reactions to patterns already in the space and add harmonious patterns based on nature; patterns proven to make people happy.

Other design elements in your home also come into play -- sounds, accessories, furnishings and arrangements for comfort.

Once you understand how your home decorating choices influence your emotions, you can follow your own inspiration and creatively employ design elements.

Just as master artists study the physical body and anatomy, your background knowledge in Design Psychology prepares you with underlying theory. Equipped, you're ready to makeover your home for joyous living.

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