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Psychological Effects of Design Elements

Architecture has a great impact and influence on us as we spend most of our time indoors. The response of our body to the spaces we occupy is immense and slowly with time, we are realizing that the buildings affect our mood, well-being, and efficiency. The real essence of architecture lies in the dimension of time and experience.


Colours

All rays on electromagnetic spectrum posses energy, including colours; which is a form of light. The colours around us create neurological responses affecting our mood, feelings and well-being. Colours can create different emotions among people, which can be used to generate a healing environment.


Lighting

Lighting can disrupt our body’s natural patterns, leading to changes in our energy levels, mood, and even the hormones we produce. We rely on that internal clock to regulate functions, our lighting plays a huge role in this. Imitating natural daylight cycles with artificial lights is recommended.

Texture

Textures do wonders in enriching a space, making it feel warmer and more welcoming. Recalling the outdoors, natural textures – the ones preferred in biophilic design – can benefit human wellbeing. Tactile stimulations cause a very strong emotional response that goes straight to the brain.


Material

The critical choice comes when one has to choose the material to sculpt those spaces. Without ‘material,’ we cannot bring life, originality, and character to our spaces. It is, therefore, necessary to be aware of which material triggers affects us in which way.


We hope this article has been both informative and entertaining!


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