Your home should be a place of ultimate relaxation and security – a place where you feel safe and happy. Believe it or not, but the way in which you decorate the rooms in your home has an impact on your overall mood and mental well-being.

Research by psychologists and architects has shown that interior design has a strong effect on your mood, thoughts, feelings and behaviour.

Having a home that promotes positive feelings and makes us feel good, is ultimately good for our overall health and well-being. By using the psychology of interior design, you can create a comfortable and happy place that you love.

Emotions at home

Our surroundings have a massive impact on our emotions and there are a few changes you can make to the layout, colours and fabrics to make a positive difference quickly. Here are a few Feng Shui tips that will let you create a happy space for you and your family.

  • Maximize natural light or try to create it while matching the lighting of the earth’s rotation
  • Declutter your home and remove all distractions to improve your productivity
  • Have plants in your living area to improve air quality
  • Use natural elements like fire, earth, water and metals for an interesting design
  • Create energy flow with no roadblocks

Colours

Colour plays a huge part in your interior design efforts and has a massive impact on the mood. Colour schemes and seating arrangements are important and will determine whether you want to the room to be a relaxing or stimulating space.

Choosing the right colour is essential when trying to set the tone of a room. You should consider using more light colours than dark, as these will make the room feel more open. Lighter shades can reflect light whereas dark colours absorb light and are too overpowering.

  • Yellow is a positive colour associated with happiness, cheerfulness and sunshine.
  • Blue is a fresh and relaxing colour and is synonymous with tranquillity.
  • Red is a strong colour and is associated with passionate emotions such as love and anger.
  • Purple is associated with luxury, sophistication and royalty.
  • Orange is linked to energy and innovation.
  • Green is the colour of nature and is said to reduce stressful feelings.
  • White is associated with cleanliness and purity.
  • Grey, a very popular 2018 trend, promotes feelings of serenity and relaxation.

Lighting

The lighting in a room is also an integral part of interior design. The overall ambience can either be heightened or ruined by lighting fixtures. The best light is from the sun, so you should make the most of whatever natural light you have. You should dress your windows carefully with blinds and curtains, so you don’t block out the light.

When you don’t have the luxury of natural light, your lighting fixtures can have an impact on the room too. Low-level dim lighting will encourage conversation at a dinner party or when you have guests over, whereas harsh overhead lighting will have the opposite effect.