Jonathan Adler says your home should be an antidepressant. He's referencing the psychological impact our surroundings create. Our visual environment affects our mood, and is something to consider before embarking on an interior design project. In looking at the paint colors above, some appeal to you more than others. It's about how the colors make you feel. The psychology of color should be applied to our interiors. The design process is most successful when it begins with specific purpose, and that purpose should be optimal enjoyment of our homes.
We think about what we like, which actually may not correspond to how we'd like to feel in our houses. For example, I like this room below, but the mood it creates isn't what I'd be happiest living with.
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As you scroll through the following images, identify the tone each room conveys. If you were to walk into each space from the front door, what's the mood that would greet you? What mood do you want your home to elicit?
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We should all have an awareness of the way we want to feel in our homes before making design choices. Interior design can be both expensive and time consuming. Shouldn't the greatest enjoyment of our surroundings be the result of these efforts?
Lastly, I'll share my recently redesigned entry for The One Room Challenge. This space makes me feel exactly the way I want to feel in my house.