Interior design can have a dramatic effect on your mood, your ability to work, your overall happiness in your home, and your general satisfaction with life, believe it or not. If you aren’t surrounded with the the right environment, everything else can feel off, because your senses just aren’t happy with the input they’re getting.
So, if you want to do one simple thing to soothe your mind and improve your conditions on a room-to-room basis, interior design is going to be your activity of choice. And it doesn’t have to be a super technical approach that you need to take, but simply painting the right colors, using texture, bringing in the right lighting, getting rid of clutter, and thinking about sound design as well will keep you occupied.
Paint the Right Colors
When you use the psychology of painting to your advantage, it can be the cheapest way to dramatically improve the overall feel of a room, especially if it’s a place where you work, you sleep, or your focus on entertainment and enjoyment. And there are some overall rules about the colors you can paint, and there are also personalized one (such as what your own personal favorites are).
Use Texture Accordingly
Texture plays a huge role in the potential soothing of your mind as well. Rounded, smooth corners are going to be easier on your sense of consciousness, as well as basic symmetry. Sharp angles and drastic changes in shape and feel, at the very least, are going to have some subconscious effect on you, and should be removed if you find that you’re tense in certain places around certain objects or visuals.
Bring In the Right Lighting
And once you get the color scheme and the overall textural concept of a room complete, the next thing you need to do is use the right lighting. This means understanding the different types of bulbs, the different colors of lights, and what different angles and brightnesses do for different overall feels.
Get Rid of Clutter
Clutter is the enemy of a soothing room as well, so if you want to maintain a meditative place, you need to minimize and declutter each room you’re paying attention to. And if you’ve spent enough time somewhere, you can lose sight of things like piles you’ve made or little areas with junk on them, so another set of eyes can help you clean those up.
Sonic Design Matters As Well
And as well as visual continuity, you also want your relaxing rooms to have good sound design. This means buying a good, full sound system and doing basic placement so that there aren’t any weird echoes or flutters when you’re listening to your tunes.