Designing a room in your home can be a daunting and difficult task when you don’t know where to start. You might have an idea but don’t know how to bring it into being. Maybe you know how you want a particular room to ‘feel’ but don’t know how to achieve it. When designing a room, one decision can change the whole mood of a room. Some of the main ‘mood changers’ in the interior design world include lighting, space and colours.
Lighting is possibly one of the most obvious mood changers for a space. With a simple change of lighting you can create an intimate, focused or relaxed mood in a room. When choosing lighting for a particular room, think about the purpose of the room and what mood best fits this purpose. Using evenly distributed lights in your study can create a focused mood which will help you stay motivated. For a more relaxed feel you can make use of perimeter lighting–placing lamps in the corners of the room or indirect lighting that illuminates the ceiling. Adequate sunlight is another important factor and is said to improve students’ grades and improve the brain function of retirement home residents.
Both behavioural scientists and architects agree that room design and spacing can also have a profound impact on a persons mood. While a high ceiling in a study can help people think more freely, a low ceiling in a bedroom can create a sense of intimacy. Another example is the way too many objects in a room can cause clutter and create a tense mood. By reducing the amount of clutter you will create a more spacious room with a more relaxed and welcoming feel.
Colour has the ability to change not only the look and apparent size of your room, but also your mood. With so many tones available, choosing a colour for your room can be a daunting task. First you need to ask yourself–what mood do I want to create in this room? For example do you want a particular room to be energetic or relaxing? Once you know the answer to this question you can choose the colours that will help you achieve that mood. For your bedroom you might like to consider a serene colour such as blue, which is said to bring down blood pressure and slow the heart rate. Note that some tones of blue will cause a room to look drab and cold and can cause feelings of sadness. Red is a more active colour which stirs feelings of energy, passion and stimulation. This is generally a great colour to use in the dining room to stir up a conversational mood. A deeper red can also work quite well in the bedroom to create an intimate mood and stir up passion.
This article provides a basic overview of elements you can keep in mind when designing a room to create the mood you desire. To go into more depth you might like to chat to an interior designer to discuss some options and develop some ideas to make your space the best it can be.