There are many reasons to design interiors: making efficient use of space, catering to specific needs of residents, creating comfort and sharing individual style.
But, spaces can also carry an emotional impact.
I remember walking into a hotel in Montreal close to the airport. We were flying out to Tunisia the next day and needed a place to crash for the night. Upon entering, my immediate reaction was to turn on all the lights, draw the curtains and open windows. I can’t explain it other than the place felt dark and a little ominous. The colors, the lack of light, the position of the room in the building all contributed to a negative energy. (I actually think the room was haunted, but that’s another story altogether).
There are several factors in design that greatly enhance the positive mood of a space.
How do you feel walking in a flower garden or sitting on a grassy patch? How about a hilly hike or walk on a sandy beach? Being in nature feels good. Inviting natural elements indoors is one way to add a sense of happiness as these are reminders of beauty and freedom. Here’s how: