Room aesthetics: How does it affect mood and mental wellbeing?

Have you ever entered a room or space and immediately felt energized or cozy? Or have you experienced discomfort, anxiety and isolation when stepping into a new space?

Chances are, you have experienced one or two kinds of emotions when you are in a different space. This is because a room’s aesthetics influence your mood and wellbeing. A simple, well-decorated room could bring great comfort and serenity. On the other hand, a poorly designed and dimly lit room could cause overwhelming thoughts and anxiety.

Hence, room aesthetics are now highly regarded as a crucial element when it comes to building or buying a home. Studies have shown that indoor design parameters have a direct impact on our psychological responses. From contours, curves, and colours to the placement of items, these factors impact a person’s overall mood and mental wellbeing.

Colours drive emotions and behaviours

Colours are known to influence our emotions and behaviours. Different colours bring out different moods. This is why fast-food restaurants often use the colours yellow and red to stimulate hunger and create a sense of urgency.

In room aesthetics, moods can be altered depending on the colour palette it was designed upon. In modern times, earthy tones, neutral and pastel colour palettes are highly popular as these are known to be colours on the lighter spectrum – instilling a pleasing environment.

For example, light blues are often associated with calmness and has a soothing effect on any space. This makes it the preferred choice for spaces like relaxation centres, spas and resorts.

Item placement and organization affects one’s mood

In any room, furniture and item placements often have significant impact on the overall space. People feel stressed when their environments are cluttered or packed. This is because packed spaces cause visual overloads, leading to a strain or increased stress to anyone in the room.

Therefore, in room aesthetics, item placement and its organization is crucial in ensuring that it becomes an ideal space which is clutter free. A clutter free space enhances one’s mood, and encourages creativity compared to a cluttered one.

For instance, inviting and attractive spaces in premium quality retail stores often have spacious rooms with visually appealing furniture and item placements to reduce visual overload. This enhances the room aesthetics and makes the space attractive to customers.

A cohesive room helps one feel at peace

Besides colour and organization, an important factor in good room aesthetics is in its cohesiveness. A cohesive design blends each area in a room to make it look unified and seamless – making the room feel harmonious and visually pleasing.

A cohesively designed room also makes a space look unified, comfortable and spacious as all the elements would look like they all flow together. In the context of a home, one would feel relaxed and at peace as all the rooms in one enlarged space is blended and flows together nicely.

One of SIBS' design in a modular apartment

To SIBS, cohesiveness is important in the design of its modules and apartments. Largely utilizing Scandinavian designs, SIBS’ in-house design team MOKO ensures that each custom designed apartment and its spaces fit perfectly with one another. For the interiors of its apartments, our designs are also inviting with a touch of aesthetic appeal.

This creates a soothing atmosphere while offering a tranquil space for one to unwind.

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