Interior Psychology. Part One

Interior Psychology. Part One

Architecture is the most powerful expression of human creativity. It’s nothing short of a musical treat, influencing the human mind like the beats of a melody vibrating through the building’s exterior and interior designs. The creative expression and details of architecture can burst people with joy and cheerfulness as well as harbour the feelings of melancholy.

Fortunately, interior design is no longer bounded by the pragmatic considerations of utility or practicability. Regardless of the ambiguity, the fashion and prestige criteria of the building’s architecture are still fully observed, but the personal and psychological aspects of housing design find more concrete expression in the interior designing of a building. The private house that simply provided space for living has gradually turned into the expression of the owner’s personality and his or her inner world. A comfortable and harmonious ambiance is the basic criterion of the house style, but careful interior designing and decorations can raise the designers to the levels of a passive psychiatrist.

Two basic functions of interior design reinforce the psychological expressions of the architecture. The harmonizing influence of interior design imparts the first functionality that has been greatly appreciated for creating the decor of a room as per the owner’s style, personality and perspective of seeing the world. The basic philosophy of creating such a house style or decor of a room lies in reinforcing the calm and harmony in its ambiance. Bold expressions or nontrivial solutions may not be suitable for creating this harmony. Nontrivial solutions or bold expressions create interiors without considering the inner world of its owner. On the other hand, physiological approach to interior design focus on the adoption of shades and structures of decor to create the optimal combination that reflects the individual personality and inner ego of the owner.

The stimulating capabilities of interior design impart the second functionality of the psychological approach to interior designing. This functionality highlights the relationship between interior design and its influence on the human mind. This is the reason why the modern approach to house planning emphasize the importance of using certain features to influence the temperament of the house owner or reduce the unfavourable features of the architecture. For example, interior designs can be used to balance the hot temperament of the owner or bring the positive thoughts to melancholic and depressed owners. In fact, the polarity of feng-shui lies in the stimulating capabilities of interior designing that has been studied over generations. The modern feng-shui experts realize that favourable arrangements of living space can produce a calmer and intense influence on the human mind to virtually change the life and success of the owners like a magic spell.

Obviously, an ideal house design should incorporate both the harmonizing and stimulating functions of interior design. Unfortunately, every person cannot hire the services of master feng-shui and professional interior designer to work out their house planning. However, you can learn the basic facades of the psychological approach to house planning and use these practices in your own house designing.

House planning is the first step of interior designing and provides the basic structure of your inner space. This basic structure is very instrumental in incorporating the two aspects of interior designing we talked about. In fact, the basic structure of your inner space defines the relationship between the prospective dwellers and their guests, generating the life force within the house. There can be several approaches to space planning, but all of them belong to either close or open interior. The close interior approach to space planning creates several isolated rooms that serve specific purposes.