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Feeling at Home: The Link Between Interior Design and Your Mood

Why is it that walking into different types of rooms give you different impressions? The first moment you enter a space, even if you know nothing about it, you will feel different inside of it. Interior design is not just something that strikes the eye of new visitors. As you spend more time inside a given space, the organization, color, and design can greatly affect the feel of the area, and therefore the overall mood of those inhabiting it. How does the interior design change our mood? The answer could be hiding in the psychology that explains the way our surroundings impact our inner world.

Home Decor and Wellbeing

Home is the place where most people spend a significant part of their day. The way your home makes you feel has been linked numerous times to your overall health, thoughts, and feelings. While a variety of factors can be the cause of this relation, some critical things to consider when organizing and decorating your home include how a space makes you feel as you enter, whether or not you need more fresh air, and what emotions do you experience after spending a long time in that space.

Using Nature

The most natural scenery to people is that of nature. Things like beaches and meadows psychologically make the mind more focused and productive with long tasks. Urban environments with many vehicles, buildings, and crowds tend to be more distractive to the brain. This is also true for the interior of the home — too many items take much more energy for the brain to process. This clutter can lessen productiveness, create chaos, and reduce relaxation. Greenery and plants inside the home bring natural elements into the home decor and can help to improve positivity and focus.


You should strive to arrange furniture in a way that creates more space. If you are someone who wants more relaxation and calmness in the home, pick furniture that has curved edges and softer forms. These have a relaxing effect on the subconscious. In contrast, sharp-edged furniture can lead to interpretations of danger or hazard.


Lighting is an essential factor in your home. The right light for a room encourages people to feel more comfortable and open. If you are considering a space for guests and open conversations in the dark hours of the day, have a dimmer or low light that matches the natural light outside. Additionally, access to natural light in the space of living is important for a good mood. Lack of natural light can lead to fatigue or dullness.

Psychology of Color

Color is one of the cornerstones of design. As Diane Reid of San Francisco Design says, “We respond emotionally and intellectually to color in nature and the built world based on factors such as hue, intensity, saturation, and temperature. When used in the interior world color can modify, intensify or support emotional states”. With colors, spaces can be made to enhance any of the properties of an area. The right scheme can make a room look both bigger and smaller, lighter or darker, and can encourage togetherness among people, inspire its inhabitants, or help to relax those dwelling inside. Color works subconsciously, but it can help to create different types of moods, influence health, and evoke certain behaviors.

Choosing Colors

When considering a color choice for a space, have in mind the following questions.

  • What is the purpose of the room?
  • What feelings is the room meant to inspire?
  • What is the primary light source in the interior design going to be?

It is essential to pick a color that enhances the intended purpose of a room.


Yellow is a beautiful bright color that is often associated with sunshine. It brings forth feelings of happiness and joy. Besides this, yellow is a color that brings forth associations with intellect and the mind. A designer will use bright yellow sparingly to make something stand out like a favorite picture of flowers as it brightens whatever it touches and brings forth the attention upon itself. A more subtle and light yellow color can cover larger surfaces without being overwhelming. The best place to have more yellow is in the kitchen where feelings of joy and upliftment are welcome.


Blue is one of the most relaxing colors in interior design and an excellent choice for the bath where the association with water and relaxation come about. Blue is also good for focus, relaxation, and toning down of emotions. Hence, blue is a great color for the walls of an office or a working space. The darker blue color is more serious and is best to be used for small parts of the room and not the whole wall.


Red is a color that evokes passion and strong emotions. It energizes any room it goes into, but spending too much time with it can cause an increased heart rate, anger, or a feeling of threat. That is why red is best to be used sparingly in the kitchen to increase appetite or in a room where invigoration is expected, like a workout room.


This charming color is the main tone that resides in nature. Its wavelength is perfect for invoking associations with health, vitality, cleanliness, and wellbeing. Different shades of green create a different mood, but overall green is both relaxing and invigorating. It is perfect for the bedroom or any other space where you spend a significant amount of time.


Orange is a sunny color that gives energy and increases appetite and digestion. It is the precursor color of joy, creativity, and warm feelings. Because it attracts too much attention, it is excellent to use in the kitchen and used sparingly in rooms that are often inhabited by people.


Purple is a royal color that gives off feelings of prosperity and luxury.


Gray is an elegant color that can be used as a base for other colors to be added without overwhelming the space.


Brown can provide a sense of familiarity within a space, create a feeling of groundedness, security, and stability.


Black is not a color that can be used on large surfaces but when used sparingly, it can create a feeling of sophistication.


White is used to open up space and create a feeling of purity, simplicity, and cleanliness.