Mind Matters in Interior Design

This World Mental Health Day, Vibrant explores how the interiors of your home affect your mind. This profound link has been studied for centuries through Vastu Shastra and Feng Shui. Read on to learn how you can make your interiors work in your favour.

The Nature Of Things

Humans are intuitively attracted to nature. Anything that bears this resemblance makes us feel at ease. When it comes to interiors, dark flooring, neutral colours at eye level, and light colours for the ceiling give us a sense of comfort and protection. This explains our affinity for hardwood floors, whose colour and texture bring back the nature connection.

The Psychology Of Living Spaces

The amount of living space a person enjoys directly and positively affects the mind. Restrictive moving spaces and low ceilings can harm one’s feeling of confidence and independence, while spacious rooms with high raise ceilings can boost positivity and creativity. This is why offices which have an open space plan (that is, a design without cubicles) see its employees perform their best.

Hues And Tones Make Your Bones

Colour psychology is perhaps the most commonly considered of all, as colours have the power to trigger deep-rooted emotions. Mild tones of orange, green and yellow make communicating and socializing easier, whereas deep tones of red, blue, and purple bring about gloomy thoughts. However, cool hues of blue and green can calm us immediately. Red is a colour that can boost energy when used sparingly, but an overdose can induce feelings of hostility and anxiety. Also, mono-coloured hallways have been shown to increase stress. So, spice up these walls with colourful artwork and patterns.

hues and tones for calmness

Shedding Light On Light

When it comes to lights, there are two main aspects that affect one’s emotions – brightness and hue. Brighter lights intensify emotions, whereas dimmer lights lead to steady, rational thoughts. In rooms where family members interact, such as the living room and dining room, dim lighting helps maintain a harmonious relationship at home. Hue has to do with the colour of light. Red-toned lighting is called ‘warm’ and thus has positive, happy emotions; and lights with a blue tone are called ‘cool’ and reduce the intensity of personal emotions.

Pro tip: It has been found that bright, cool lighting affects the body’s circadian clock, making it difficult to sleep well. So, make sure that you swap the white lights in your bedroom for dim yellow ones.

warm lighting ideas for bedroom


A well designed home may be the key to the peace that we all look for in our lives. If you are looking for home interior designers in Chennai who will decorate your home keeping in mind the psychology of human interaction with spaces, look no further than Vibrant Space Interiors.