DID YOU KNOW…INTERIOR DESIGN IMPROVES THE QUALITY OF EVERYDAY LIFE!
According to the Mental Health Foundation, 1 in 6 people suffer from mental health issues weekly (Mental Health Foundation, 2018). Among these, anxiety and depression are the most common (ADAA, 2018). On a positive note, research supports the fact that people can give their well-being a boost by implementing some simple interior design techniques in their homes.
The Psychology of Design is all about examining the actual characteristics and qualities that transform a house into a sanctuary and capturing this healthy and mindful ambiance (Graham, Gosling, & Travis, 2016). The proof that environments influence mood and emotion is coming out in the research of Design Psychology.
The discovery of these correlations is now prompting builders, architects, and designers to apply these concepts to the home, workplace, and health care environments. Although there are many elements of design that are being identified as having an impact on mental health, there are some components that stand out in recent studies.
The Element of Light
Natural light has proven to contribute to improved mood, increased energy, and higher morale (Edwards & Torcellini, 2002). On the other hand, artificial light sources, which include white florescent and incandescent, have shown to deplete physical and emotional energy (Edwards & Torcellini, 2002).
The amount of natural light can be increased in any area by removing overhangs over windows, changing window coverings, using mirrors on walls to reflect light, and using light and bright colors for fabrics and walls.
Room Organization, or The Principle of Balance
Organization is proving to be just as important as furniture and décor items when it comes to interior design. Graham, Gosling, & Travis (2015) identified that the organization of a room is another key component to consider when designing spaces that support peace and mindfulness.
Balance is the even distribution of design elements to create harmony within a composition. In other words, everything has its place.
When we seek retreat in our homes from the daily chaos of work and life, our minds and bodies yearn for a soothing, balanced, and harmonious environment. These elements lower stress hormone levels, lower blood pressure, alleviate symptoms of anxiety and depression, and improve overall mood which are all essential for overall well-being.
The Power of Beauty
At Cavalieri Designs, we firmly believe in the importance of being surrounded by beauty. What is beauty? Beauty is a venerated value which delivers intense pleasure. Studies show that the feeling of intense pleasure produces the chemicals serotonin and dopamine which are considered the “happy” or “feel good” chemicals.
When we’re in the state of pleasure, contentment, peace, or harmony, all feelings derived from sensing beautiful surroundings, our mood and well-being are elevated. When our well-being is boosted, studies show health is improved, relationships thrive, and productivity increases. To add supporting evidence, Jessica Dauray Interiors states interiors play a huge role in the quality of our life.
There is also scientific evidence indicating a connection between appropriate environmental (interior) design in healthcare and improved patient outcomes.
A few interior designers are beginning to use this type of data to share with their clients. By doing so, they can educate them on creating restorative environments that provide a haven from daily stress and anxiety. When utilized, these simple design concepts will reduce mental health symptoms and improve everyday quality of life.
Cavalieri Designs knows that light, balance, and beauty enrich life’s everyday experience. We endeavor to incorporate these elements in our creative designs everywhere we can, every chance we get.
To work with us, contact Claire Cavalieri at Cavalieri Designs.
Claire Cavalieri, CEO + IDS
Modern Interior Designer