Is a bad design causing you added stress? Do you ever walk into a room in your home and immediately feel stressed and overwhelmed?
Maybe the room is dark and dated. Maybe that wall paint color is not creating the mood that you want for the space.
Do you ever find yourself stressed and agitated every time you maneuver around your overcrowded bedroom or closet?
Do you try to cook a meal in your poorly designed kitchen space only to feel stressed and annoyed because of your poorly designed kitchen?
These are just a few examples of how a poorly designed space could induce stress.
Is bad design causing you added stress?
1. Light and color have a lot to do with the way a space feels.
A dark space can cause feelings of depression, a light space can create feelings of joy and can be uplifting. Color also has a direct effect on the psychology of its inhabitants. Have you ever noticed that most doctor’s offices and hospitals are painted with blues and greens? This is because these colors are calming. This is a great selection for anxious patients in these environments.
Restaurants use red and yellow in their logos because these colors stimulate the appetite. At home using these colors with the same intensity, these colors can create a stressful feeling when walking into a space.
Using colors that make you feel good can be one of the easiest ways to reduce the stress in your home.
2. Space planning.
A space that is designed well will have plenty of clearances for walkways, movement, and function. Leaving the necessary allowances in the spacing of furniture pieces for these rooms to be used easily. A well-developed space plan should take into consideration the people that actually use the space and how they live will within the room.
3. Maintenance of any space is also key to reducing stress in the home.
That loose kitchen cabinet knob or burned out light bulb can be easily addressed to reduce stress in the home caused by these little maintenance issues. Quickly addressing these maintenance issues as they happen is one of the easiest ways to reduce stress in your home.
Make a list of the areas in your home that are causing you stress. Then come up with a plan to address these issues. Smaller maintenance issues might be the best place to start. If you are planning a full-scale re-design and renovation, make a list of all the problem areas in the space to be sure they are addressed in your new design.
Until Next Time,