The Psychology Behind Interior Design

Reader Contribution by Lee Flynn
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Isn’t it interesting how the world is designed so creatively? The earth exudes brilliant ambiance with its endless beauty and vivid colors. Foliage shows off distinct aromas,  textures and colors. When we use our senses, we begin to understand what enhances the allure of our surroundings. This is also a hugely significant detail when decorating any living space.

Psychological factors that affect our senses have a great deal to do with the way we decorate our personal living spaces, too. Believe it or not, how a texture makes you feel emotionally has as much emphasis on whether or not you purchase that fluffy rug, as much as making a choice between up or down, or right or wrong. Our mental and physical experiences influence every decision we make.

Getting great decorating ideas starts with you and your decorating psyche. What colors do you prefer? Do you like bright and airy spaces or a darker, quieter corner of a room? Do you prefer cleaning or would you rather create a space with less work? Are you more attracted to hard flooring surfaces or to carpet? Questions like these that address emotional and physical preferences helps set the stage for successful and personalized decorated living spaces that are right for you.

How Does Color Affect Me?


All colors affect moods. Take a look at how two of your favorite colors work on you:

RED is considered a warm color that invites interaction. It is also considered a color of passion and authority or power. Incorporating this color would be a great choice for work spaces and social environments. Red walls or splashes of red in a space sparks mental creativity and endurance.

GREEN is considered a cool color or a less intimidating color. It’s calming effect allows this color to work beautifully in foyers and bedrooms where peaceful transitions occur. Using the color green can actually subdue anxiety and worry.

Colors and textures aren’t the only living space building blocks that affect us psychologically. Issues of space recognition are right up there, too. There are all kinds of reasons for various space sizes.

Illusion Decorating Tricks

1. If you like an open feeling to a room, stay clear of painting the area with dark colors. Darkness implies smaller and less space. Some even feel it to be claustrophobic. Lighter colors give the illusion of more space.

2. Even smaller spaces can still use color. Incorporating horizontal, complementing stripe colors like a bolder blue or yellow with white can give the room a larger space interpretation. Yellow actually encourages happiness.

3. Sometimes small rooms feature larger architectural elements like fireplaces and bookshelves. Use a lighter paint color like white or cream to accentuate the largeness of the element for an eye-catching focal point which helps to distract from the actual room size.

If decorating your favorite spaces feels overwhelming, ask your local paint store for recommended tools to help simplify decision making. Exploring home stores, paint stores, furniture stores and magazines can creatively assist in satisfying your curiosity for more personalized decorating strategies. Ideas to tackle everything from simple do-it-yourself projects to major overhauls await!

Our senses are intuitive. Help make your decorating experiences memorable to all of your senses by following any of these handy ideas. After all, there’s a little decorator in us all!

Lee Flynn is a freelance writer. Through small local workshops and articles, Lee trains and teaches others on home preparation, healthy living, food storage techniques and self reliance.