Interior design is both an art and a science. Everything from colour choices to lighting can affect howa home feels, and so with this in mind we thought we should compile a short list of facts about interiors that you may not have heard before. Enjoy!
Colour affects us more than we might realise
There are many articles on the psychology of colour, and for good reason – different colours and tones can have a definitive effect on both our emotions and moods. Blue decreases appetite for example, and orange is supposedly the best colour for concentration and productivity. It’s also advisable to avoid yellow when painting your baby’s room. Whilst cheerful and warm, it actually has been shown to make babies more prone to crying! Not ideal for those first few months.
A nice view out of your window can ease pain
Studies conducted in hospitals revealed that patients needed far less pain medication and could recover more quickly when they could view landscapes out of their windows. Access to videos of nature – forests, waterfalls and oceans – also decreased pain, thanks for the relaxing effect the videos had. Make sure that the rooms in your house have plenty of windows and you’ll be onto a winner.
Lighting can affect your mental health
Too much or too little light disrupts the body’s natural sleep cycle, which can in turn lead to stress and sleep deprivation – both of which suppress your immune system. Keeping your home adequately lit throughout the day will enhance sleep and is an easy way to make you happier.
Your sofa gets a lot more visitors than you may have guessed!
Over its lifespan the average sofa will host around 782 visitors, and suffer a rather staggering 1,663 spillages – from tea and coffee to bits of dinner! Best to choose a material that can handle the pressure.
An industrial kitchen style is the most popular for young homeowners
Whilst most kitchen projects are currently done in a contemporary style, homeowners aged between 25 and 34 are six times more likely to covet an industrial-style kitchen than those aged 54 and over. Those in this younger age bracket prefer industrial features such as exposed brick and recycled wooden elements, which suggests a growing trend that shows no sign of dying out.