Beyond Feng Shui: How Interior Design Affects Wellness

Beyond Feng Shui: How Interior Design Affects Wellness

On 13th Jun 2017

The term “feng shui” can raise eyebrows from curiosity to skepticism. In general, it’s an ancient practice that associates wellness with the living space. Although some of the concepts of feng shui may seem “out there,” a lot of scientific evidence suggests a link between behavior, wellness, and interior design. Some subtle qualities of a room can make a big impact on your everyday life.

1. Color

A room’s color can subtly affect our mood and behavior. Green is one of the easiest colors for the eyes to process and it commonly appears in nature. This makes it a great color for bedrooms since it has a relaxing effect. Yellow is energizing, and welcoming. However, it’s also the most difficult color for the human eye to process. This is the main reason why infants tend to cry more in yellow rooms. Red stimulates appetite and can be found in many restaurants.

Color association actually variates between cultures. When picking a central color for a room, take the actual function of the space into consideration.

2. Lighting

Just like color, how your room is lit can also affect your mood. A room's lighting can affect one’s perception of heat. This means that in two rooms that are the same temperature, a person will “feel” warmer in the one that’s brightly lit. People also tend to feel more intense emotions in rooms that are brighter as well.

Sleep patterns can also be affected by lighting. If you can, adjust your lights to a dim setting at night to help your brain unwind before bed time. Also, avoid using any brightly lit mobile device or laptop during this time.

3. Avoiding Clutter

Clutter is more than just eyesore for your living space. It's been proven to negatively affect our mental health. When we live in cluttered environments, our senses work overtime, our stress levels increase, and we are riddled with embarrassment. What also makes clutter more difficult to deal with, is that our brains register the loss of a possession the same way it registers minor, physical pain.

Donating whatever you don’t use and designating small spaces for storage are some ways to fight clutter.

4. Plants

Almost overnight, it seems that succulents (and the nifty ways to pot them) are now everywhere. Besides likes on Instagram, having a plant in your living space can also benefit your well-being in general. As we all know, plants breath in carbon dioxide and breath out oxygen. In your home, this function can help improve your indoor air quality.

Plants are also useful for productivity in home offices. A study in the UK has shown that productivity jumps up to about 15% in offices that are introduced to plant life. Indoor plants have been known to lower physiological stress and improve attention spans.

Helping You

Interior design isn’t just about making a place look good. There’s actually an entire field of environmental psychology that focuses on how interior decoration affects our well being. Our speciality at Tampa Bay Furnishings is making a living space that’s customized to your personality and way of life.

Contact us today to ask about how our design services can cater to your style, your needs, and your budget.