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Interior Design & A Better You (Part 3)

Updated: Aug 1, 2022

How Layout Affects Your Mood


Does your kitchen have easy access to the living room? Does natural light flow into your living area where you spend the most time? Does your office space let you interact with colleagues without any hassle? Do you find it easy to move between different sections? If you answered positively to the above questions, you need to know that all of this is not purely coincidental but the result of a well-designed strategy.


With most of our lives spent indoors, the space we occupy has a major role in our psychological behavior. Environmental psychology or Space psychology is the interaction between people and the spaces they live in. Everything from creating the feeling of warmth and safety, well-being, or creating a positive and efficient working environment, space can have a whole lot of impact on how we act or on what we feel. Therefore, interior design and creative solutions should be considered when it comes to the social and psychological needs of the homeowners. Although it is not the only factor involved, interior space and layout has a big affect, and it is the designer's privilege and responsibility to create tangible solutions for users and incorporate these ideas into the design.


Layout and space planning is an integral part of the interior design process, especially when it comes to using that space in an effective and efficient way. Having a flowing, cohesive space creates a calming atmosphere that allows the eye to take everything in.


Visual Appeal


A well-designed space automatically attracts everyone's eyes, which is why some restaurants or places are an instant hit because of their attractive visual ambiance. Visualization plays an important role as far as layout is concerned. How the different objects should be placed in such a way that the space exhibits visual synergy, is an important aspect of the design layout.



Open floor plans are fantastic for hosting large gatherings and creating a visually appealing impact. Closed off and separated rooms are great for dividing rooms by function, but they can also feel very constraining and start to feel like a maze while making the rooms in the house feel even smaller.


Efficient layouts are purposeful since you can have more open rooms that are good for entertaining while also being closed off to the rest of the house. This affects activities such as working from home. Open floor plans don't give you any separation from your work and your home life. However, the right layout can allow you to have an open floor plan and still be able to physically close a door to your workspace and spend the evening solely focused on your family. The right layout greatly affects your mood by accommodating to your families needs.


Rethink Your Layout


If a room isn’t working for you, think about the layout. Can you get into and out of the room easily? Do you have to walk around items often? Does the room feel calm and serene, or overstuffed and messy? The problem may be “too much stuff,” or you may be able to solve your issues by rearranging your furniture. Get creative and try new layouts. You may be surprised at how spacious new layouts feel.


The impression a space gives has a lot to do with the smallest details and pieces of décor that affects the space. As you enter a space, your mind wanders while catching obvious design statement as well as the more subtle design features. This involves seeing beyond physical elements in order to capture the perceived design theme as a whole.


There are several techniques to achieve the perception of space through architecture and design. Collectively, these are called ‘visual tricks’ that can range from several things including furniture, wall decor, color, lighting and organization.



First, a clean, uncluttered space does the trick. Next, another element that creates the illusion of space is lighting. Spaces that welcome a generous amount of natural light through high ceilings, large windows, skylights, glass doors, or expansive wall mirrors will naturally give a sense of a more expansive area. Light-colored furniture and interiors also achieve this effect. Creating the perception of space leads to an open mind, and a sense of spaciousness can actually elevate your mood and creativity.



A good interior design project is the result of all the elements coming together perfectly. When an interior designer is able to integrate design, colors, placements, accessories, etc. altogether in a cohesive fashion, that is when a home comes to life. This means that every space should have a good sense of balance between comfort and beauty, which is made possible only if proper space planning is done well in advance. Layout designing is at the core of interior design and therefore, an important step in the whole process of making a house your home. If you are looking for expert help, get in touch with Stephanie today!


Did you miss out on reading Part 1 and Part 2? Go back and read them now!




~This blog was brought to you by S. Donnelly Interiors. Learn more about the interior design project process by following Stephanie Donnelly and her interior design services in Glen Ellyn, Illinois and the surrounding areas!

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