Aesthetics, Good Design and Wellbeing
Good design involves more than just a room with pretty things. A well-designed space works well functionally and, just as importantly, it evokes an aesthetically pleasing experience. This phenomenon has been scientifically studied, and now that we are spending more time at home, it is being emphasized yet again.
People have different emotional responses to the aesthetics that surround us, but we do share some basic commonalities. Recent studies have shown that our spaces influence how we feel, so why not try to surround ourselves with beauty? Although beauty is unique to each person, there are some key aesthetic elements that create joyful experiences.
The function of beauty in design extends beyond aesthetics to influence human health and well-being. Beauty in design can be defined as a combination of design principles, design elements, and aesthetics. Research demonstrates that beautifully-designed spaces support psychological and emotional wellness and foster collective community engagement and unity. Encouraging and maintaining beauty in spaces can add value for people in our buildings, project owners and the surrounding community.
Another key component that can reduce stress, improve cognitive function, creativity, and wellbeing is called biophilic design. This concept is based on the proven premise that nature is healing and has a restorative effect
on our minds and bodies. In our homes, we can bring in those restorative elements of nature. For instance, you might try one or more of the following:
A. Visual representations of nature through pictures, such as photos or artwork
B. A non-visual connection with nature - such as chromotherapy or aromatherapy
C. Airflow variability - subtle changes in temperature
D. Presence of water: seeing, hearing, or touching a water piece
E. Different variations and types of light
The goal is to create design harmony through beauty and nature that nurtures and encourages health and wellness. With this designers can provide the neuro-aesthetic, or subconscious benefits that improve psychological and emotional wellbeing.
At Interiors by Dafna Adler, our wellness-centered design helps busy, career-driven families feel at peace, while experiencing an increased sense of self-worth that leads them to healthier and happier lives.
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