When it comes to happiness, we always relate it to the people around us, our material possessions and the state of our financial health. We often believe that doing up interiors with superior finish, splurging money to satisfy our tastes will directly translate into well being for the family. But is that really so?
Research has found that health & happiness depends to a large extent on the spaces we surround ourselves with, and the most time we tend to spend is in our homes. Being surrounded by decor and design that uplifts us has been found to translate into good health and a general sense of well being. We often aren’t aware of how much our surroundings affect us, and this subtly and slowly changes our actions, our behaviour and us both mentally and physically. Although this area has gained much significance in recent times, this form of environmental psychology has existed for centuries, Indian Vaastu Shastra and Feng Shui being two proven sciences that show correlation between health and surroundings.
Interior decor and design can affect you and your family’s health and happiness to a large extent, and below are a few ways to do up your home so that the impact is positive and nurturing, rather than negative and destructive.
1. COLORS OF YOUR HOME
The impact of colours on moods is so deep that we even use it to describe emotions and feelings. Take ‘Feeling blue’ & ‘Green with envy’. According to color psychology, vibrant and bright shades are uplifting and strong, enhance engagement and communication. Dark hues of black, grey, maroon and brown are sober, staid yet comfortable. Warm shades of yellow and orange increase creativity, while pastel pinks and blues are calm. Although personal preferences are important to incorporate, it is as essential to bear in mind what these colours do, how to use them and where in the most they will be most suitable.
2. LIGHTING OF YOUR HOME
Lighting of the home impacts mood significantly. Although the sun is the best light source for the home that not just brightens it up but is also a natural steriliser, the lighting through the evenings and nights affects how the mood progresses and whether it boosts happiness or increases sadness and anxiety. Natural light promotes the most optimal human performance, but using artificial lighting that matches its frequency through the day ensures that there is no discomfort to the body.
3. SIZE OF YOUR HOME
Size affects and influences people’s moods to a large extent. Although not every home can be spacious, most of us try and cram things in as little space as we can. Psychological studies have researched the way a room’s ceiling and walls affect an individual’s mind and his depth perception. People are more creative and focused when rooms are wider, walls are minimal and the interior of the home blends with the exterior. Placing plants inside the home is also said to make a significant impact on people and uplift their spirits.
4. TEXTURES & SHAPES OF FURNITURE
The ancient practice of Feng Shui says that the shapes and textures that match natural elements bring a sense of calmness to the mind. The richness of a shaggy carpet, textured surfaces of exposed brick walls, unevenness of furniture surfaces and decorative elements such as lamps and vases promote strength, a sense of cohesiveness and independence. Wood elements signify strength and growth, while stone elements in flooring and walls signify health. The arrangement of furniture is also important, because when not aligned properly creates dead space which is negative.
A home is much more than the its individual elements. It is also about the coming together of everything to create a cohesive whole. Whether you’re constructing a new one or renovating the old, you must consider some of the above points while making any change.