When it comes to our homes, we don’t think about the way it makes us feel too often. We are too busy with everything else that we’ve started seeing our homes mainly as roofs over our heads.
Emotional interior design is a term that has been introduced recently to describe that the way how our homes look can have an impact on our mood and well-being.
Psychology is involved in this on a great scale. The way our homes are decorated and organized can have a great impact on how we feel on a subconscious level. Think of it as smelling a scent that takes you back in time to a memory where you were happy. You can feel the happiness overwhelming you. You can achieve the same happy feeling with your bedroom if you put a little effort into it. But first you need to understand how this works, and the impact of the colors we choose is the place to start.
Choosing the Right Colors
Colors can play a key role in how we feel. Choosing the right colors for your bedroom is an interesting task, especially if you are trying to incorporate more than one shade and make it look stylish and inviting.
Everyone has a favorite color and surprisingly, black is the favorite of all people. But there is a reason why black shouldn’t be the dominant color in your bedroom.
However, according to the philosophy of feng shui, black is an introspective color which can help retract the energy released in your sleep.
But don’t get ahead of yourself! Black might look awesome but too much of it can have negative effects on your mood. You might start feeling down or depressed. That’s why painting the entire bedroom black is not a good idea.
Black is a powerful color that absorbs the natural light. It also makes space look narrower. You can, however, use black to tone down other bright colors and achieve a balance. You can paint one wall black but only if your room is exposed to enough sunlight.
It is very well-known that white can make a room appear spacious. No wonder why small rooms are commonly painted white!
Still, if you decide to use white for the bedroom, make sure you add a pop of a stronger color. While white is associated with purity, too much of it can be associated with sterility.
Using brown in the bedroom is a good choice since this color is associated with relaxation and sustainability. Still, overusing this color might make you constantly feel sleepy.
When using brown, balance things out with another strong color, or if you are not a fan of them, mix light and dark shades of brown.
Green is associated with health and relaxation. This makes the color a good choice for the bedroom. It is neither a warm nor cold color, yet it is believed to have a calming effect. Its association with fertility is yet another reason for using this color for the bedroom.
The colors that fall into this category are red, pink and yellow. These are all strong colors that if used too much in the bedroom it can become overwhelming. For example, the combination of red and yellow is known to stimulate hunger. Certainly, you wouldn’t want to use this combination anywhere in your home.
According to feng shui, red represents fortune, pink represents love and yellow represents intellect.
Red, however, is also the color of passion. While theoretically, you do want passion in the bedroom, passion can have a negative connotation in the form of anger.
Pink, on the other hand, is a much better alternative for the bedroom. It is the color of love and peace, so it is a calmer version of the passionate red.
Yellow, being the stimulating color, should not make its way to your bedroom. Since the bedroom is a place for relaxation, such a strong color will give you the opposite effect, Keep yellow for spaces you use when you need to be productive.
Blue and purple are the most commonly used cold colors in interior design. They are mainly relaxing and soothing colors that can be used not only in the bedroom but in every other room.
Blue is often associated with calmness, but this color also represents openness, confidence and stability. While light blue is suitable for achieving a piece of mind, dark blue should be avoided since it can invoke negative feelings.
Purple, on the other hand, is the color of luxury. It is highly suitable for the bedroom since it is rich and relaxing.
Believe it or not, the way the environment we are in is structured can have a great impact not only on the way we feel but on the decisions we make as well according to a research.
Unrestricted spaces have a better effect on our mental health. While it might not always be possible to make your bedroom bigger in size, you can, however, maximize the walking space and make it feel more open. Simply get rid of the things you don’t really need in the bedroom. It is a place where you need to relax – not a secondary storage room.
Make It Your Own
Just because your bedroom is off-limits for visitors, it doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t make it look stunning. Decorating the room with the things you like will subconsciously trigger a happy feeling.
Sleep In a Complete Darkness
An irregular working pattern can make our brains and bodies confused. Humans are designed to sleep when it’s dark, but working night shifts can mess up our biorhythm. In order to fall asleep quicker and get better rest, make sure you find a way to completely block out the sunlight if you are planning to catch up on sleep during the day.
By adding thick and high-quality drapes, you can achieve darkness while at the same time add good decor to your bedroom.
Tidy The Mess Up
Your bedroom is the one room you don’t want to be messy. A messy room will have a negative effect on what you are trying to get out of your time spent in the bedroom – rest and relaxation.
The concepts of chaos and calmness are polar opposite so you can’t achieve the latter in the presence of the earlier.
Don’t Forget About the Bed
The bed is clearly the centerpiece of your bedroom. It needs to be inviting a comfy.
According to WebMD, the majority of the participants in their survey reported that they slept better when they would lay down on a made bed with a comfortable mattress and fresh-smelling sheets. So tomorrow when you are rushing to get to work, spare 30 seconds to make your bed. When you come back home, your bed will be more inviting than ever.
Implementing few of these emotional interior design tricks can instantly make your bedroom more enjoyable. Getting enough sleep is important and by setting yourself up for success will give you a good night’s sleep over and over.
Sebastian Morales is Founder and CEO of Good & Bed. Prior to Starting Good & Bed, Sebastian was an investment banker based in New York City.
February 4, 2019