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How interior design affects mental health?

How interior design affects mental health?

Having been in lockdown since the major part of last year is bound to affect our mental health. Many don’t know how interior design can affect their mental health, happiness, and mood. In this blog, we will talk about how mental health can be affected due to bad interior design.

Every week, new articles are coming out on mental health. These articles depend on what you ask, who you ask, work, schedule, and looking at other angles of mental health. All these topics merge in the Centre i.e. mental health that is the effect of our environment on our well-being.

Psychological perspective:

The psychologist has done research stating mental health and happiness is affected by the environment and surrounding. Interior designers are taking tips from a psychologist for improving surroundings and their impact on users.

A few of the techniques are:

  1. Opening up space to bring in the sense of freedom
  2. Including personal show-piece objects around the shelves and TV unit to add personality to space
  3. Arranging seating around the table instead of tv to increase communication
  4. Bring in natural elements into the house to create a relaxing and healthy atmosphere.


Other than these 4 points one of the most important factors that help reduce stress in space is achieving balance. This means having all the furniture belong in the space. If there is no balance or if the furniture feels off; then a person in a room will feel uncomfortable.


Color also plays an important part in affecting the mental health of a person in space. Color has the power to alter the effect of a person. For example, blue color can slow down a person’s metabolism, heart rate, and blood pressure; which will have a calming effect on your mind and body.

Let’s look at a few of the color combination and how to use them:

  1. Orange and yellow should be used in children’s bedrooms; since they can promote creativity and confidence in children. They can also promote happiness, warmth, cheers and promote children’s to be sociability.
  2. Blue and yellow should be used in the study room. They promote trust, peace, loyalty, happiness, and creativity.
  3. Green should be used in spaces where people are trying to heal. The color green associations with nature, growth, freshness, and recovery
  4. We all know red is symbolizes danger. Using shades of red in places such as the gym can help increase excitement, strength, and energy.
  5. Using purple in a particular space can help increase luxury, sophistication, ambition, and royalty.


Even the shape of furniture can affect the mental health of a person. For example, a living room has statement pieces such as a coffee table or a chair. Have round edge furniture can create a calm and relaxing atmosphere.

When interior designers are trying to understand a client’s perspective they ask many questions. They take a tour of their entire house even those if it’s out of their scope of work. They ask questions such as how are you connected to this space? How often do they use this space? what activities do they do in their daily lives? What they like and don’t like? Are there any activities that they need that they don’t have? The goal is to understand their clients and their relationship with the spaces. Read my previous blog on Questions an architect should ask on their first meeting with the client to find out. To read that click here.

You can check more of my work here for inspirations and daily reels which covers how to update your space.

The work of interior designers is not to make space look aesthetically appealing but to also make it happier and healthier.

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