Why should it matter what the inside of our house looks like? Take a living room for example. Each of ours probably share a lot in common – 4 walls, a floor, a sofa and probably a TV. However, good design goes beyond aesthetics, how a room makes us FEEL is where the difference lies. Here, I explore why good design matters, really matters, to the way you feel in your own home.
To Improve Your Mental Wellbeing
Research has shown that our moods, emotions and even behaviours can be significantly impacted by the places where we live and work. It’s surely no surprise that dark, gloomy rooms can make you feel low and suppress your mood. Conversely, light, airy and well-arranged rooms can lift your mood and harness positivity.
Since your immediate surroundings can have such power over your thoughts and feelings, surely it makes sense that you make the best use of every room you own to fulfil it’s potential? With the average house in the Kingston area costing over twice the national average (Source: plumpot.co.uk), can you really afford to give over a whole room to the ‘dumping ground’?
To Reflect Your Own Style Personality
Never underestimate the importance of living in a home which represents you and your family. It’s invaluable that you surround yourself with colours, furniture and other items which have real meaning to you personally and which make you happy. It is very rare that you move into a home which is already decorated exactly as you would have chosen yourself. So often you inherit the taste and décor of a previous home-owner and just put up with it. But this isn’t reflecting your own true style or taste. Filling your home with items you’ve collected over the years, all of which have meaning to you personally and which evoke happy memories and emotions – now that’s what I’m talking about.
To Make It Work for You
The way you interact with your environment and others within your home can all affect your quality of life. Making the space you have work for you by thinking about layout, furniture position and flow between the rooms is key to ensuring that each space serves its purpose well for YOU.
Thinking about the functionality and purpose of each space, will shape the way you use each room. Seemingly small changes can make a surprisingly big difference to your home. For example, switching a sofa to face the entrance of a room will draw you into the room and encourage interaction. Your daily life and family relationships can all benefit from a well thought out floorplan.
The Danes believe so strongly that good interior design can improve people’s lives, they have a word for it - Hygge – I believe it too!