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Environmental Psychology In Interior Design

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Over the course of the last few years or so, there’s been a serious uptick in the number of home improvement projects being embarked upon… perhaps no surprise given the pandemic and lockdown restrictions seeing us all spend increasing amounts of time at home.

Being confined to a single space for such a long time inevitably makes you look at it with a more critical eye than you might perhaps have done previously – and this has coincided with a rising interest in creating wellness spaces at home, somewhere we can escape the hustle and bustle of daily life, a safe haven we can call our own.

But, of course, this isn’t an entirely new concept and, in fact, environmental psychology has been used for centuries to prioritise health and wellbeing, peace and contentment.

Feng Shui, for example, is the ancient Chinese art of arranging objects to create a sense of harmony and balance, based on the Tao philosophy of existing in harmony with the universe. 

Part of the design concept involves balancing the five elements (earth, metal, fire, wood and water) in your home, helping to bring positive energy to your living spaces, your home and – be extension – to you.

The Indian Vastu Shastra could also be worth researching if you’re keen to boost your mental and emotional health and wellbeing through your interior design decisions. 

This is an ancient Hindu system of design and architecture that also encapsulates traditional Buddhist beliefs, with the idea being that by prioritising nature and its elements and energy fields, we can all enjoy greater health, prosperity and happiness… which sounds pretty good to us!

For example, in your master bedroom, Vastu principles would suggest you need to locate the room in the south-west part of the house, decorate it in earthy tones and never place your bed in front of the bedroom door!

Doing some research into these two concepts could help you put some mood boards together for your various living spaces, ensuring you love living in your home for a long time to come.

If you’d like any further help or advice relating to interior design, get in touch with Surrey decorating specialists Fresh Look Property Services today.

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