What is neurodesign applied to decorating?
In this blog post we talk about neurodesign, an approach based on neuroscience which examines how the layout and design of living spaces affects our mind and physical well-being.
Neurodesign in the decoration of our rented home
After a hard day’s work, ferrying the kids around, going shopping, going to the gym, etc., arriving home and feeling good in a space that is agreeable and comfortable is often the best “pill” for relieving stress and anxiety. And, even if you do not suffer from these 21st century evils, being able to enjoy a walk in the park, a coffee with friends, or the latest blockbuster film in a cinema knowing that when you arrive home you will continue to feel as good, is priceless!
But how can we achieve this? That feeling of satisfaction, that the best place in the world is the sofa in your home -while not forgetting the soft mattress in your bedroom-, that you are one of those who are convinced there is no place like home. A possible answer is provided by neurodesign.
Neurodesign is the application of neuroscience to design, enabling us to objectively know the cognitive and emotional activity that shapes the user’s experience and their interaction with living spaces. In other words, the reading of our sensations in relation to the layout and the elements that make up the environment that surrounds us.
Neuroscience studies all aspects of the nervous system, such as its structure, function, development, biochemistry etc. and how its various elements interact, giving rise to the biological bases of cognition and conduct. Applying this knowledge to the design of spaces and interiors, on the basis that the final object of design is the user, and that their experience is determined by neuronal processes, enables us to understand the importance of neurodesign.
In conclusion, we can define neurodesign as that part of neuroscience that studies how architectural space affects our mind, providing us with design strategies that lead to well-being, thereby improving our quality of life. In other words, to give a practical example, neurodesign teaches us that, for those of us who get stressed out, painting the ceiling sky blue, gives a feeling of freedom.
Colour, a key element in neurodesign
As we have been told many times, the colour that surrounds us affects our conduct and behaviour. Yes, it’s true and has been verified: a restaurant that is painted predominantly red seeks quick diner turnaround. Enjoy your meal but don’t linger too long after you’ve finished it. Red is a colour that makes us uneasy.
The colours that surround us play a key role in our nervous system. So, let’s put colour in our home but making sure it’s the right one. What’s more, in our rented home colour is something we can manage easily and cheaply.
Shades of green and blue on walls, pictures, curtains and upholstery, for example, help to reduce levels of stress and anxiety and also help to increase our level of concentration and productivity. Ideal shades if our rental home contains a workspace.
If you work from home and your job demands creativity, a touch of yellow can help. Yellow stimulates the imagination.
Elements that evoke nature
Something else to bear in mind is the role that nature plays in our lives. Even at home! If you didn’t know, human beings are genetically designed to live surrounded by nature. A natural environment improves our physical and mental well-being. So, we can use decorative elements with natural and organic textures and shapes. And of course, plants. They not only decorate but also clean the air.
And if you don’t have green fingers, don’t worry! Many studies claim that a picture or photo of a natural landscape has the same effect as a plant, in the same way that using the colour sky blue in a decorative item or textile relaxes the nervous system.
Spaces for teleworking
Teleworking is here to stay, and some experts in neurodesign offer guidelines so that the decoration of our home helps to increase our productivity.
This is the case of María Gil, a specialist in neuroarchitecture and passive houses, who, as reflected in several publications specialising in decoration, says that “the design of a living space can improve our performance, reduce stress, anxiety and depression, improve our quality of life and, of course, increase our productivity and well-being when working from home”.
According to Gil, for example, including items in symmetry in our work space provides harmony and peace. Also, curved and rounded furniture is warmer from an aesthetic perspective. The right acoustics is also important. How can we achieve this? “With sound absorbing items such as rugs and curtains”, according to the neurodesign specialist in an interesting article in Elle Decor.
Another piece of advice for improving our performance when working from home is that our desk should be located in such a way that we can see the door to the room and the window, in order to prevent our nervous system from being unconsciously on alert.
We at Testa Residencial, specialists in home renting, have a lot of experience when it comes to everything to do with spaces that are a safe-haven, an oasis, a home. We hope you have found this explanation of neurodesign interesting. We’ll be back with more!
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