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How Does Decoration Affect Us?

Have you ever wondered why it really is that we decorate spaces?

The answer is parts physical, sociological, and psychological. The spaces where we live and spend our leisure time, the spaces where we rest and relax are affected by our environment the way that our workplace is affected by someone coming over to move something from our desks – decoration directly influences our thinking. We identify with a place’s colors, textures, atmosphere, smell… everything that makes you feel at home or in a place that’s your own.

In order to make a space feel like our own, we have to combine many different ingredients – the most obvious one being color choice. Consider how we don’t just throw our favorite colors into a space and call it done. We have to research and think about the way that color makes us feel just to be exist in its presence.

For example, in a dining room it’s important to use orange, red, or yellow with a picture, wall, or even fruit basket. Traditionally these colors naturally make people anxious to eat. No matter what room you’re decorating, it’s imperative that you pick colors to suit the place that also psychologically ground you the way you should feel in that particular room.

But don’t let all this talk of psychology confuse you. Decoration is actually very simple – just create a space that’s decorated to reflect not just a nice look, but the way you want to feel while you’re there.

Writing Credits: Juan Martinez (Interior Designer)
Photo Credits (from top): Deccoración, Deccoración, and Deccoración