Want to Create Mindful Spaces? Learn First the Psychology of Design & Environmental Psychology

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“How does the living space impact my client’s daily life and mental health?” Interior Designers must ask this question before designing spaces for their clients.

In today’s episode, I talk about the psychology of design and environmental psychology, and its profound impact on interior design. As I unravel Maslow’s hierarchy of needs, I explore how shelter is a fundamental need that transcends into homes that foster safety, love, self-esteem, and self-actualization.

I also share a challenging year of living through a home renovation that affected my psyche and mental health.

So this episode doesn’t just uncover the challenges; it serves as a guide, offering resources, including TED talks and a recommended textbook, to aid in understanding the psychology of design and environmental psychology. 

Whether you are a seasoned designer or just starting in the creative field, awareness of the psychology of the environment is crucial to creating mindful spaces for your clients.

Let’s start transforming spaces with purpose, beauty, and inspiration!

Why you’ve got to check out today’s episode
  • Gain valuable insights into how the spaces you create impact you and your client’s mental health, productivity, and overall well-being
  • Learn practical solutions and resources for navigating the complex intersection of design and psychology
  • Be empowered to create purposeful, inspiring spaces that support your client’s mental health and well-being
    Check out these episode highlights

    02:33 – How you can learn environmental psychology or the psychology of design

    03:38 – Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs, a pyramid that has five different levels of human needs, and its connection to interior design

    Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs

    • Physiological Needs. Shelter is one of the basic fundamental needs. Every human being needs shelter. By designing a house, you are meeting a person’s physiological needs.
    • Safety and Security. Designing a clean home environment with fresh air, clean water, proper sanitation, and a secure living space.
    • Love and Belonging. Designing a place where one can connect with loved ones and find peace. It’s a safe space that allows a person to focus on meaningful relationships and cultivate intimacy.
    • Self Esteem. Designing a home that reflects the homeowner’s personality and interests gives them confidence and a sense of accomplishment. A home that looks like them, exhibits their travels, interests, favorite colors & materials, and is truly theirs.
    • Self Actualization.  Designing a home that supports growth and nurtures creativity, as every person is creative in their way, and deserves to have a place where they can explore and express their creativity.

    06:02 – My personal experience: I discovered a burst water line in the middle of the night causing a flood in our house

    09:30 – I and my family endured 10 months of living with a house torn apart due to water damage and insurance delays

    10:35 – My recommendation: if you are going through a home renovation, go to Airbnb so you can avoid living through the remodel

    11:24 – Self Actualization

    • the topmost level of Maslow’s hierarchy of needs
    • encompasses creativity, acceptance, purpose, meaning, and inner potential

    11:45 – One of my mottos for my business: Purpose, Beauty, and Inspiration

    • I aim to make my clients’ homes purposeful, functional, and tailored to their specific needs, helping them reach their fullest potential.

    12:21 – The psychology of home design and its impact on well-being

    14:10 – Design psychology and its impact on productivity

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      Thanks for listening. I hope this helps you discover if interior design is the career for you. See you next week…