Most of the people think that interior decoration is the same as interior design. But really it’s not so. The interior decoration takes into account and is based on the color, the appearance. Also accessories, texture, aesthetics, decorative details, among much more.
Interior design for its part is responsible for changing a structure in space. Making and giving better use of space. In short, it can be said that design creates a space and decoration dresses that space that already exists within a home or office. Well, interior decoration is an art which makes a space much more pleasant and functional.
The term well-being is undoubtedly related to having a healthy life. And this in turn is linked to physical fitness and exercise. Like good nutrition, healthy social relationships, relaxation, among other things. But it also means creating and living in spaces that ideally stimulate our body and also our mental health.
According to the 2001 National Survey of Human Activity Patterns, we spend about 90 percent indoors. Hence the importance of creating an appropriate environment. This research determines the relationship of our health with elements such as light, the interaction with nature. As well as the colors, the ergonomics, the aromas and even the real estate among many others.
Interior decoration and our well-being
It is true that these studies about the relationship between our emotions and interior decoration have increased in recent years. But all this already existed for a long time. With what today we know as Feng Shui or Vastu Shastra. Experts have obtained many encouraging results.
By demonstrating the ability of the elements used in interior decoration to promote positive and negative emotional responses in people. All the elements mentioned above, which the decoration takes into account, incredibly promote peace and happiness in people.
Many factors taken into account in decoration have an impact on the mood of each individual, such as color. There has been a lot of talk and no doubt you have ever heard about the psychology of color. This dictates that bright colors such as orange, green and yellow increase socialization and also communication.
While dark colors like red, purple, blue and stronger greens promote a slightly sadder or gloomy feel. Although it is also true that depending on how you use and combine the colors in the appropriate spaces, you can create the feeling of comfort and tranquility.
Another influencing element is lighting. Obviously, there is nothing better than natural light, so depending on how many and how large are windows in the space or in the room, it will raise the tranquility, happiness or sadness and anxiety.
The size of the space also influences the mood of the people. A study showed that ceiling height has an impact on people’s subconscious perception of freedom. It has been shown that people are much more focused and creative in spaces or rooms with higher ceilings and therefore their mood improves considerably.
Several studies have also shown that contact with plants can greatly improve mood and concentration, since the presence of nature indoors reduces stress. Apart from the colors, the spaciousness and the plants.
Textures and the way furniture is arranged also develop emotional responses. For example, using a shaggy rug can make you feel much more comfortable and calm. As well as ornaments or metal elements such as a watch, for example, it will stimulate independence or strength.
Feng Shui teaches us not to create dead space in the room or space that is being decorated. For example, the furniture should not be placed completely against the wall, as this would generate negative energy. The energy must flow between all the elements of the decoration. It is also very important to pay attention to small details. Usually the little details are what make the difference.
Well be it between a cozy and fun home and a cute but boring home. I do not know if it has ever happened to them, that you already have the space or the room furnished or you have already redecorated it, but you still feel that something is missing. Well, what you feel is that you need to add some small detail. Like cushions or a plant, that will make the room a little more colorful and feel a lot more inviting.
Colors in interior decoration
Without a doubt and without exception, all people after a long and busy day at work want to come home and feel calm and tranquility just by admiring their decoration. All people do not live in homes with the same space or distribution.
And that is why sometimes we are truly amazed at how one person was able to decorate a small home in a cozy and spaciously functional way. While in the same way I think that we have all observed homes that are extremely large but very disturbing to look at.
We return to emphasize the colors. This is certainly something that should not be chosen or taken so lightly. Everything that surrounds us stimulates us visually and color greatly influences our mood, causing happy or sad memories to come to us. Depending on the color that we see the most, it will affect the chemical balance of our brain.
We know that colors are distributed in primary colors, cool colors, and warm colors. Obviously, depending on the style you have in your home and perhaps the feeling you want to project, you will choose cold or warm colors. Often times, the spaces with contemporary decorations tend to be adjusted to cool colors and the more traditional decorations to warm colors.
Colors with warm undertones will make spaces that are small feel a little smaller and therefore more welcoming. And slightly larger spaces will feel a little smaller and more intimate. Cool colors will make the spaces feel a bit larger.
Generally, colors like purple, blue or green combined with white are best for spaces or rooms that receive a lot of light. Sometimes the issue of color in interior decorations is difficult to address. This because it is a matter of individual taste that we all have.
But it is something that, thanks to the studies carried out, is shown to affect us. They can turn us off or overstimulate and they can also underestimate the space or room that is decorated. We mention the primary colors, cold and warm, but there are another group of colors that are also accepted. Neutral tones are black, gray, brown, and white. These colors can also strike a balance when combined with cool or warm colors.
Yellow colors are perfect if you need to reduce the space a bit. It is a cheerful color and its effect is energizing when you opt for a much brighter shade. Softer shades are soothing. Yellow is ideal for that room that lacks natural light.
Blue colors are a symbol of calm, relaxation and serenity. That is why it is a good choice for a bedroom. Blue colors are ideal for rooms with lots of natural light but warm tones could be better. The blue tones give a feeling of freshness and also of cleanliness.
Red colors are also good for bedrooms and living rooms. Since they emanate a passionate atmosphere due to the energy it possesses. Of course it is much better to choose tones a little muted to keep it with a touch of elegance and distinction. Of course we must recommend that it is better that you do not choose it for the kitchen since it could stimulate the appetite in an incredible way.
Purple colors are undoubtedly sophisticated and glamorous and inspire creativity and luxury. Orange colors are closely linked to energy and motivation. I do not know if you have noticed that most gyms have this color in some place, and it is precisely to stimulate people. You should avoid this color in bedrooms and in the living room.
Health and comfort at home
There is nothing better than after a hard day at work you can come home and feel comfortable. Feeling calm and happy, this is the best way to end a day, leaving stress outside the home. If your home is clean, organized and decorated properly, you will undoubtedly feel excellent in it.
The interior decoration of your wishes must be planned. The distribution of space must also be taken into account from an aesthetic and functional point of view. With this, it will also have an influence on the interaction of people who live or interact inside the home.
An example to better detail it would be that you should organize the furniture in such a way that people have the opportunity to interact better with each other. Like sitting at a table and facing someone else. Instead of having the table against the wall.
Comfort is one of the keys to feeling good. And even more so when it comes to interior decoration focused on well-being. Obviously the decoration and everything that you are going to use in it to provide you with comfort and tranquility. The interior decoration must be efficient and of course very pleasant.
As we already mentioned, sometimes the little things have the biggest impact. Messy or piled up shoes at the entrance. A closet full of clothes that you haven’t worn for many years. The dining room table is full of things and with little space to eat, among many other things.
Really, all this, believe it or not, have a negative impact on our mood. And even in our rest when we sleep. Being in a messy space is difficult to concentrate and even if you don’t realize it, that plays with your mind.
There are many people who, due to their pace and busy lifestyle, say they do not have time to keep a space or room organized. But keeping everything in its place and in order is just a habit, which we must adopt. There are also many other people who accumulate many things that may not be useful.
And this also sometimes costs them to maintain a little order in their homes. María Kondo, author of the book The Magic of Order, says she uses what she calls the KonMari Method. Which is only about keeping the elements that generate joy in your home and discarding those that do not. And of course, ordering everything so that each thing is easy to find.
Due to all the aforementioned and the various studies that researchers have carried out, that both designers and interior decorators are taking into account the knowledge of psychology. In order to improve the positive impact of their work on people’s homes every day.
Some of the techniques used in decoration is like the example of the table that we indicate to have a better interaction and communication. In the same way, create a space to give the feeling of freedom. Stimulate a relaxed and focused atmosphere with the incorporation of nature inside, among others. The home for each person should be a happy place. And for this it must be designed appropriately to suggest good humor and mental health.