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The Power of Interior Design: How It Affects Our Well-being

A significant percentage of the human population spends multiple hours indoors every day, be it inside an office or at home. Therefore, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that we are both consciously and subconsciously affected by the interior décor and design that surrounds us. However, what a lot of us do not realize is the fact that the power of interior decoration is such that it can affect our physical well-being as well. Let’s now take a brief look at some of those factors that have the most profound effects on us.

Sunlight and Health

There is scientific evidence that shows human beings are happier and healthier in indoor spaces with plenty of sunlight availability. Big windows do make us feel better, while narrow, cramped spaces with little to no sunlight availability create a sense of gloom. Such a place can also be detrimental to our physical wellbeing.


Colors

We will discuss a few prime colors to provide an introduction towards what some of these colors represent, and where they would be best suited:


Red – Lighter shades of red, or accents of bright red can be ideal for bedrooms. The color represents energy, vitality, sexuality, love, passion, and much more.


Yellow – Very light-yellow hues can have similar effects on the mind as sunlight. It is an energetic shade, ideal for office environments and living rooms.


Green – Due to the calming effect that green has on us, lighter shades or light accents can be used to complement a white, off-white, or light-yellow background in the bedroom.


Blue – Blue is a calming color, but it has been related to productivity as well. This makes various shades of blue suitable for various types of rooms.


Air Circulation and Indoor Weather

Unless the air circulation is on point and the weather indoors is comfortable, health issues and a general sense of bad mood will arise from the two factors reactively. If they are on point, though, people tend to thrive well in comfortable weather conditions with adequate ventilation methods built into the design.


Indoor Lighting

Once the sun goes down, our indoor lighting is what decides what we see and how we see it. Ideally, there should be multiple light sources, and the combined strength of the lighting should be able to illuminate every corner of every room if required. Although sectional lights are not meant to be turned on all at once, having the ability to illuminate every dark corner simply provides assurance to our minds. Dimmer switches help in raising or lowering the Lumosity of the light sources, perfectly accommodating mood and functionality within the household.


Quality Over Quantity: Clutter is Stressful

The less cluttered the interior designing is, the less stressful the room will feel to those in it. Choosing just a handful of quality furniture pieces that prioritize comfort, functionality, and ergonomics over aesthetics is advisable, but if one can get all four balanced, that could have a profound positive impact on our physical and mental wellbeing.


It's when all these factors and others that affect our health and mental peace in an indoor environment come together, that a home’s interior design can be called truly harmonious and invigorating for the body and mind of those living in that space.

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