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How Design Features Can Impact Your Quality of Life

You might be content to live in your home, or work in your office space, just as those surroundings were when you first discovered them.

Maybe you’ve had some vague sense of redesigning and decorating over the years, but it’s just never seemed much like a priority, so you’ve let it slide.

That might have been a mistake. Believe it or not, the design of those spaces where you spend the majority of your time — home design and office design, chief among them — influences you, psychologically, in some pretty deep ways.

When that design serves your best interests and aligns with your aesthetic preferences, it can substantially improve your quality of life.

Here are some ways that design can impact your quality of life.

By determining the sorts of psychological triggers you’re most commonly exposed to

People are always prone to having their moods and mindset influenced by external psychological triggers which, naturally, differ from person to person.

It might be that for one person, the colour red is reminiscent of romance and passion, while for another person, the same colour summons up bitterly dull memories of a school classroom where you spent too many of your formative years.

Colour is, of course, only one element of design which can act as a psychological trigger for states of mind and memory and emotion.

To the degree that you have control over the design and décor of your surroundings, try to structure things in a way that “feels good”. That “feeling good” is the unspoken connection you have to those design features, and it can be a powerful factor in the overall sense of contentment you experience during your day to day routine.

By making your life seem more, or less, manageable

A chaotic environment inevitably leads to a chaotic mind, and an ordered environment quickly helps to encourage an orderly mind.

These might seem like strange things to say, but reflect on your own life for a moment, and you’ll probably be able to identify instances where sitting in a neat, tidy, and attractive room made you perform at your best and feel like the world was your oyster and, conversely, where being in a messy, cluttered environment gave you the vague sense that everything was falling apart.

When your environment is set up in an orderly kind of way — uncluttered, sure, but also boasting clean lines and aesthetically pleasing, symmetrical angles — it can help you to feel much more in control of your life.

By impacting the healthiness of your immediate environment

Design features don’t just affect your mental wellbeing; they can also have a significant impact on your physical health.

Consider an environment which is dark, dull, with plenty of inconvenient nooks and crannies for dirt to accumulate in, an old-fashioned and poorly maintained air conditioning system, and a reliance on fluorescent lighting to make up for the poor availability of natural light.

Such an environment is likely to cause circadian rhythm disturbances, due to the lighting, infections, due to the air conditioning system, allergies, due to the dust and mould in the corners, and more.

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