Interior design has more of an impact on your life than you realize.

Experts say that how you think and feel could be impacted as soon as you walk into a space and are welcomed by different colors or lighting. 

These seemingly unimportant design elements can have either positive or negative effects on your mood in ways that you have never given thought to.

How Colors Affect Your Mood

In the interior design world, it’s been proven that certain colors can evoke certain moods.

Typically dark colors, such as navy or maroon, make a person feel somber, while bright colors like yellow and orange are perceived to be “happy” colors.

There are usually brighter walls and decor in the areas where you spend most of your time, such as the living room or dining room.

Spending time in these rooms will often leave you feeling recharged because your brain associates bright colors to cheerfulness and invigoration.

well-lit dining room

On the other hand, an interior designer may opt for darker, more cool colors for areas like a bedroom, where you’d typically feel more calm and inactive.

bedroom with dark walls

If you’ve ever tried falling asleep in a bedroom with bright yellow or orange walls, you’ve probably realized how difficult it was, as your brain doesn’t associate those colors to rest and relaxation.

My Move gives some really good insight on room color and the subconscious mind.

Don’t underestimate the power that color plays in your everyday life.

How Lighting Affects Your Mood

How brightly or dimly lit a room is can have a significant effect on your psyche. 

Have you ever felt sluggish or tired when in a room with  little to no light? This feeling is brought on  by your body’s release of melatonin. With the absence of light, melatonin signals to your body that it’s time to go to sleep.

Furthermore, your body’s internal clock can sometimes get out of whack based on the amount of light you’re exposed to (or not exposed to), causing your mood to mellow out and prepare for bedtime.

The opposite effect of this phenomenon occurs when you’re exposed to a good amount of light.

When in an adequately lit room, it triggers dopamine to your brain, and this “feel good” chemical can drastically change your mood by making you more alert and focused.

Think of your work office and how it most likely has a lot of artificial and natural light.

brightly lit work office with white walls

Interior designers purposely set up workplace lighting in this way, as it helps workers be more productive and able to better concentrate on their tasks at hand.

A room’s lighting is often overlooked, but it greatly determines a person’s mood.

When it comes to mood fluctuation, interior design is not often thought of in regards to this mental change.

For this reason, it’s imperative that a person takes into account color and lighting choices when coordinating a space, and understand the underlying effects that they can have on your mental state.

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