Have you ever stepped into a room and felt a strong gush of happiness come over you or has a space you have always lived in begun to feel uncomfortable? Such occurrences are quite common for humans. Be it in the workspace or in homes our environment has the power to regulate the way we feel, behave, think, or even perform. Multiple studies and researches have been conducted to investigate the link between human psychology and the environment. A huge part of this research has been towards interior and architecture as a driver of the environmental influence on the human mind.
The research on this link has been taken up quite often and revealed several interesting prospects. Not only has a link correlation been established, but a specific science has also emerged around this correlation known as Neuroarchitecture. Neuroarchitecture essentially is a neuroscience that focuses on the impact of architecture and interior design as an influence of the human mind. Through extensive research, Neuroarchitecture is evolving and discovering different elements of design and how they reflect on the human mind.
This has made way for quite a bit of suggestions or discoveries brought forth by neuroarchitecture with the intent to help people create and curate spaces more mindfully and scientifically for best effects. The idea to apply Neuro Architectural findings to your space is to help create a peaceful and positive environment.
While diving into theories can be quite complex, we have simplified a list of ideas as per neuroarchitecture that you can look to for mindful interior design:
THE CURVILINEAR WAY TO PRODUCTIVITY
For starters, the curvy or round shapes are known to have a connection with memory as well as one’s learning capacity. The presence of softer rounded shapes in the design or even as furniture forms is known to help create a positive flow throughout the space. The round forms have a non intimidating effect that puts the mind at ease.
It has also been noticed that since the edgy furniture shapes often can be pointy and harm one, the round shapes help eliminate that stress and make one feel a lot safer and at peace. Apart from the peace factor, studies have indicated that curvy shapes are known to have a positive impact on one's brain activity.
Boost in brain activity ultimately helps one learn, retain and perform better making it a good pick for not just your living spaces but also workspace. You could include curvy patterns and shapes to your home’s interior design through the wall design, light fixtures or even furniture pieces with a curvilinear form to give your space a neuroscientific boost.
CLEAR MIND, CLEAR SURROUNDINGS
One of the simplest propositions of neuroarchitecture for interior design is to prioritize clean and open spaces. Neuroarchitecture brings forth the importance of a clutter free, clean and open space on one’ minds. To begin with, being in a clutter free environment where everything has a spot to go helps create clean walkways and surroundings allowing one to relax and be able to act mindfully.
It has been noted that clutter and mess tends to provoke feelings of suffocation, frustration or confusion. On the other hand, maintaining a clutter free surrounding helps one think better, promote better decision making as well as help keep the mind at ease. Additionally, the cleanliness and organized surroundings also help create plenty of open space.
Perception of space plays a key role in the human mind. Having the effect of more space to comfortably move around as well as a more open and arid environment gives a sense of comfort and a positive air flow proving beneficial to one’s mind. Another important factor to organized surroundings is the inclusion of personal touches.
Neuroarchitecture believes that certain objects, forms, pictures, or even colors have the ability to evoke a positive feeling in one’s mind. Through association to a memory or general fondness, presence of such elements help promote positive boost in one’s mind.
It is therefore suggested to try and include such elements of personal importance to some extent in the living and work spaces so as to stay motivated and positive.
THE MOOD LIGHT SAGA
A rather surprising discovery of Neuroarchitecture has been its focus on lighting as a feature affecting one’s mind. Lighting of a space in the simplest way is perceived as a way to assure illumination or even uplift the aesthetics of a space. However, neuroarchitecture sheds a different light on the importance of such features, literally!
It is well known and reiterated by neuroarchitecture that one of the priorities in terms of lighting has to be ensuring that there is a good amount of natural light that flows into the space. Sunlight has an uplifting effect on one’s mood, often associating a connection with morning, the start of a new day giving an energy boost. Not to forget, the antibacterial power of sunlight is quite beneficial for any space.
Apart from the importance of natural light, the amount and kind of lighting also has a huge effect on one’ mind. In terms of the amount of lighting, neuroarchitecture studies show that insufficient lighting interferes with the human circadian rhythm or sleep cycle. This disruption can overall have quite a negative impact not just on one’s mental but also physical health which is why it is suggested to stick lights of a softer nature rather than stark bright ones.
Simultaneously the color of the lighting also has a significant impact. The kind of lighting best would depend on the purpose of each room. For instance, white lights with a strong tone are known to have an energetic effect on one's mind while warmer yellow lights have a relaxing and calming effect on one’s mind.
Neuroarchitecture also interestingly notes that lights with strong colors such as blue or red can prove to be a disruption or even promote strong emotions making it important to regulate such lights.
COLOR CODE TO PEACE
Color psychology is already a well celebrated concept in interior design and architecture. The association and impact of different colors has been known and proven to regulate human emotions and reactions rather strongly making it a key aspect to consider while creating any design.
Neuroarchitecture also nods on the theory of colors and interior design by examining the effect of border color schemes as well as each particular color. Different colors cause a reaction in different parts of the brain evoking certain emotions. Warmer colors are known to boost productivity while brighter colors help boost one’s mood positively.
In particular certain colors work best for certain zones as per neuroarchitecture that are worth taking note of. For instance, blue, green and pink tones are known to help one stay calm, collected and reduce anxiety. On the other hand, colors such as orange, yellow, green are known to help boost happiness through a burst of colors.
Colors that resonate with elements of nature too such as terracottas, browns, or greens are also known to have a positive impact on one’s mind by creating an association of comfort with the outdoors. Through due deliberation, picking colors that promote productivity and control anxiety can be best for workspaces while for living areas one can dip into more personal choices of what colors evoke happiness for them or even give a shot to calming colors for an overall zen environment.
SWITCH UP FOR A BOOST
Neuroarchitecture believes firmly in the power of change. Switching up the interiors or layout of your space is thus strongly suggested to help create variation in one’s environment.
The idea behind making changes is that being exposed to something new or taking part in an exciting activity such as a renovation project ushers in the release of dopamine in the human brain creating a feeling of energy as well as positivity. To power the channel of change for your mind, there are a lot of different things that you can try to get the happiness boost. For starters, one of the easiest things to do is experiment with your home layout.
You could choose certain portions of the house or do a complete flip by rearranging your furniture or parts of your decor to a different spot for a change. Alternatively, if you are able to pull off a drastic change you could choose to switch up your paint or wallpapers to create a different environment. You could also try to refurbish your furniture or simply change your textile elements for a quick and simple way to bring change in your environment.
To sum up, Neuroarchitecture is an up and coming science which is quite essential for designers and consumers alike. It is a science that introspects and helps one be mindful of the space that they create so as to make the most of it. Be it a home ro an office or a commercial outlet, utilizing neuroarchitecture can help one maximize and regulate the effect that their environment has on their well being making it a crucial aspect for design of today and the future!