Design Psychology | How Does it Feel?
I just started reading an interesting book on design psychology called Do I Look Skinny in This House? So far, it seems promising. In the first chapter, the author, Kelli Ellis, draws the distinction between how a house looks and how a house feels. She also talks about the importance of personifying our homes, to give them the personality that we want reflected in our own lives. She writes, "I truly believe that rooms can evoke feelings and emotions, which means that it is incredibly important to give voice to the feelings you want to surface whenever you walk into a certain room."
This idea of rooms being personified and metaphorical reminds me so much of Feng Shui. This is something Shui expert Amanda Gibby Peters always preaches; Our homes are metaphors for our lives. How you would describe a room 'feels' is always going to be reflected in your life somehow, whether that be positive - calm, energetic, inspiring- or negative - disordered, boring, unfocused. What both design psychology and Feng Shui assert is that if you change your home to evoke these certain qualities, you'll start to see them reflected in your life. As for me, I definitely need some more focus and inspiration in both my home and life right now. Below are some interiors that feel both focused and inspired that I need to take notes from.