In case you did not know, room decoration affects your mood. Interior designers know this. Restaurant owners are using this knowledge to choose colours and designs that encourage people to spend more time in their premises including having soft seat cushions and low light. Other restaurants have bright lights and hard seats to encourage people to eat quickly and leave. Furnishings, paint colours, room arrangements and scents affect the mood of people in a room. This is why you should carefully consider the purpose of a room before decorating it. The purpose of the room determines the types of decorations to use in the room and how the decorations affect mood.
Colours and Scents
Avoid bright colours if you want a relaxing environment. Bright colours imply energy and light. These colours are suitable for the kitchen because food is energy. Using bright colours to decorate rooms lifts the mood of the people in the room and gives them energy. It is important to balance the colours carefully to avoid creating a mood of chaos and stress.
To create a feeling of calm and relaxation, use subdued colours. These colours are suitable for bathrooms and bedrooms because they impart a sense of restfulness. Scents are also a form of room decorations. Avoid strong scents because they make other people feel uncomfortable or confined without understanding why they feel so. Use subtle scents to create a feeling of gentle contentment.
Though the effect of colours on people’s moods is mostly subconscious, colours affect our mood in different ways. The colour of a painting, a room or blouse can have noticeable effects on mood. Colour subtleties affect people of varying ages, ethnic backgrounds and gender differently. However, some colour schemes affect majority of people uniformly. Colours affect mood in different ways ranging from tranquillity and clarity to rage and disorientation.
Red is an energetic and exciting colour. It raises people’s blood pressures and heart rates and leaves them feeling excited and stirred. Painting living rooms and dining rooms red encourages people congregating in such rooms to talk to each other. However, red in the bedroom can make it harder for people to sleep. Bright reds, especially those that border on crimson, can cause agitation.
Yellow is a happy colour. It creates a feeling of joy and intensity. It can also be unnerving. This is why interior designers discourage people from painting their baby’s rooms yellow. Another exciting colour is orange. It is not suitable for bedrooms but quite fitting for workout rooms.
Blue is a calming colour. It helps bring down blood pressure and heart rate. Warmer shades of blue create a relaxing atmosphere while dark blues infuse an element of sadness. Green is considered a comforting colour. It is suitable for kitchens and sitting rooms. Green can be used to raise libido.
Accessories and Furniture
Interior designers understand that too much clutter creates feelings of anxiety. However, many people do not understand that arranging furniture and accessories improperly creates feelings of anxiety and stress. For example, having the back of a couch in front of a window or opening leaves people feeling vulnerable to other people sneaking up on them. Rooms meant for entertainment should have enough comfortable seats for everyone. Uncomfortable and limited seats will leave the room’s occupants feeling tense and awkward.
The arrangement of accessories also affects the mood of people in a room. A table full of photos will irritate people looking for space to set down their drinks. On the other hand, a table with a simple bud vase and colourful flowers can create a happy, friendly mood.
Samantha Worthington is an interior design consultant for Haldane Fisher. When she isn’t thinking of interior design she likes to paint.