Interior Psychology. Part Two

Interior Psychology. Part Two

The close interior approach to space planning creates several isolated rooms that serve specific purposes. For example, the isolated rooms like living rooms or bedrooms are designed to serve a specific purpose, and they are not supposed to be used for any other purpose. This close interior approach highlights the importance of individual privacy of prospective dwellers. On the other hand, the open interior approach considers the individual as the part of the society, highlighting the importance of caring and sharing. The social and business interests dominate over the privacy requirements, and interior space is designed to optimise the active, dynamic and communicative lifestyle of the prospective dwellers. The space is still divided into rooms, but they don’t create any functional division of the living space. This open interior approach proves very instrumental in designing modern house structures that require more flexible or visible house planning. The open interior approach is not a new phenomenon in house planning. The architects realised the importance of creating enfilade of adjacent rooms before two centuries ago.

The right selection between these two basic house planning approaches creates the foundations for harmonising the interiors according to the perception and personality of the owners. The close interior approach to house planning perfectly suits the nature and personality of those people who prefer to live alone and avoid social contacts or noisy parties. Those people who don’t like this solitary confinement and prefer to mingle with the society and become the centre of attraction feel comfortable with the open interior approach to house planning.

Incorporating the stimulating properties of interior designing in your house planning requires more creative and responsible approach. In fact, you are supposed to introduce the shock treatment approach in your interior design. The basic techniques of close or open interior designing are efficiently used to impart this compensatory psychotherapeutic stimulating property of interior designing. Sometimes, the half-open interior approach is also used to achieve desired results. Let’s find out how architects design stimulating interiors in practice.

Suppose the architects face the challenge of organising a space or living room for an introvert person who finds difficulty in communicating and connecting with the community. The architects can create one isolated room along with open interior space that serves the functions of living room, study room as well as the kitchen. The isolated room is necessary for creating harmony with his personality while the open space will encourage him to mingle with others. That same effect can be achieved by creating a close interior design with limited isolation. The living space can be separated using curtain walls, glass panels or light partition walls. Similarly, the interiors for impetuous or hot-tempered people can be suitably designed by separating the single space with mobile partitions to impart a serene and calm ambiance without completely isolating the living space.

The colour palette is very important for designing stimulating interiors. The colour plans of furnishing and general styles of the premises are very important in psychological approaches to interior designing. The conventional classification of temperaments like melancholic, choleric, phlegmatic sanguine, and associated psychoemotional parameters provide generalised recommendations, but there are no established universal rules for the colour planes. Modern psychology experts suggest active and passive variants of extroverts and introvert personalities as an alternative approach for designing stimulating interiors. However, the personality and temperament of people in real life cannot be specifically categorised into purely introvert or extravert classification. It’s the complexity of human nature that makes them unique.