Interior designers understand how the wrong color or room layout’s negative effect
San Francisco, CA -- (SBWIRE) -- 12/14/2012 -- Barbara Miller, an interior designer, sat down with her client and client's daughter. The mother had picked out a deep purple with bright watermelon pink, and unfortunately the daughter simply hated it.
Miller was tasked with the job of attempting to find out what the daughter might enjoy instead of the current scheme.
"The color was so, so deep it was agitating," said Miller, who is based out of Oregon. She is a designer who has done extensive research on the psychology behind family-friendly residential spaces. "I actually sat down with this little girl, who was 12, and explained, 'Here's why you don't like it. It makes you anxious, and even when you close your eyes, you still see a reflection of this color because it's so bold.'"
Miller, founder of the YES Spaces, lightened the walls, using a brighter pink and small accents along the room's walls. The young client now finds her room most agreeable.
Interior designer Jill Hertz of Memphis is another designer with similar tasks at hand. She never uses the color gree in bathrooms.
"Let's say you have a woman who uses her bathroom to put on makeup," said Hertz, a partner in Jill Hertz Interior Design. "We're not going to paint her bathroom green because that's not going to make her skin look good. Also, the psychology is that if you go into your bathroom every day and it's green, you're going to start feeling sick because you look green."
But color is simply one of many aspects that affects the she sensibility of a client and how one feels about the home.
Wes and Shannon Persell's home had doors to three bathrooms that nearly knocked into toilets when they opened or closed. Camille Gamble cannot open a particular drawer of her kitchen without first opening the oven. In Brenda Powell's Collierville house, one of the upstairs bedrooms lacks any window at all.
"We painted the room bright yellow with red and white décor to brighten it up," she said.
Each situation has an important impact on the lifestyle in the house, as well as the moods and daily functions of those who live within it. That is why psychology is so important when considering a living space, says Dr. Sally Augustine, an environmental psychologist who also co-authored a book with Millar titled Home Making, a book that investigates the issues of psychology and the home.
"People don't often give the psychological implications of place much thought because they don't have information," said Augustin, owner of a firm called Design With Science. "Think about who you are, how you like to live in a place and what you wish to accomplish in your home, and design accordingly. Don't feel pressured to go along with the crowd, because you and your situation might be very different than the crowd's."
She explains one such concept, by pointing out that not every living room needs a couch necessarily.
“[A]ctually, introverts are more comfortable in individual chairs than they are in a couch," she said. "People have a tendency to arrange the furniture and the objects in a room without thinking about how people will interact in the space."
The study of psychology was important for the Memphis designer Jennifer Estes when handling the master suite for an East Memphis home. The client was a doctor and single mother who wanted nothing more than a place to rest and relax at the end of a hectic and duty-filled day.
Estes created a monochromatic color palette with no trapping of bold patterns or eye-catching designs. This allowed the room to feel calming and relaxing from the moment one entered.
"I kept everything very understated, very uniform," she said. "I used textures that were similar and yet interesting."
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