3 Ways Psychology Can Support Interior Styling
Maybe you don’t immediately make a connection between interior design and psychology but there is a very strong link between the two. Our surroundings effect us immensely, if it’s consciously or subconsciously, our minds and emotions are taking in every scent, color, and feeling of a place. What does your home say about you? A better question is …
What do you want your home to say about you?
Lets begin at the beginning… Take a look at Maslow’s hierarchy of needs and ask yourself: How can each of these categories relate to my interior?
I put these into 3 overarching ideas:
1.)EMOTIONAL SUPPORT: FINDING THAT GOOOOOOD FEELING
Our past homes can bring with them an array of emotions. But it’s good to look back into your past and think about the homes that made you feel the most safe, comfortable and just goooooood. Then ask yourself, “what elements were there?” Think of color, style, and items in the room.
When I was little, we had a house with a red brick porch and macramé hanging plants. When I think of that house, I feel so safe (I loved this big tree in our pront yard). So, course I would love the idea of hanging plants! For me, it brings back that feeling of being on that porch blowing bubbles in the summer sun!
This is a picture of Dignita Restaurant in Amsterdam and how I incorporated my “home feeling” into their design!
2.)SOCIAL SUPPORT: HOW DOES YOUR HOME MEET YOUR SOCIAL NEEDS?
Are you an introvert or an extrovert? Do you love to have people over to your home or is your home a place to recharge after being with people all day (or both)? These are really important to know if you want to redecorate your home or if you are in the process of buying a new home.
EXTROVERT INTERIOR STYLING TIP
If you love to have people over it’s good to create space for that! How open is your kitchen? Do you prefer:
- Hanging out on the couch? Then create a nice space with lots of flexible side tables.
- Creating movie nights: projector and lots of stackable chairs?
- Throwing a party where everyone can stand up and mingle? This requires open space to hangout and hight places to set drinks and food.
- Dinner party’s? Think of a long or extendable table where everyone can squeeze around…cozy-ness!
A few examples…
3.)PHYSICAL SUPPORT: IS YOUR HOME COMFORTABLE?
You might a very pretty couch but you actually never sit on it… or after sitting on it you feel 20 years older then you are. Okay people, your home should be a place where after all the dishes are done, kids are in bed (if you have them) you can “take a load off” and relax. You need spaces in your home interior design to be able to do that.
Questions to ask yourself:
- Where do I (or my family) spend most of our time in the house?
- What elements in the house block the flow?
- Look at a room: What is one thing you could change in that room to make it a more comfortable place?
INTERIOR STYLING TIP:
Just changing the cushions, materials, color, rearranging the furniture, or changing the light color – can make a huge different!
Now this is a comfy AND pretty couch – score!
Hierarchy of Needs: GOOD THERAPY
Dining table and Kitchen Via PLANET DECO
Living room via ADORE MAGAZINE