Couches, Lamps, and Paint: All Small Details in the Realm of Science

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Science has entered the world of interior design.

Interior design has always been an industry that balances light and colors to enhance a particular space. Up until now, the designer would always focus on what components and color scheme would work well in a specific room or office.

But now, things are changing, and designers have turned to the psychology behind color and light as a way to improve the overall feel of the room.

While the psychology behind color has been around for quite some time, Italian industrial engineer Laura Bellia has brought this innovative way of thinking to her everyday practice. Inspired by the way people view and interpret wall colors, Bellia decided to think of different ways to upgrade the world of interior design.

“We first started to study wall colors because we wanted to understand what the different effects were on human beings,” Bellia explained to Inside Science.

Her findings were quite impressive. Bellia noted that it is important for interior designers to carefully consider the sources of light in the room and the colors painted on the walls, as these two components together can change the distribution of light as it hits a person’s eye. This discovery, which was published in the journal Lighting Research and Technology, agrees with the evidence found in numerous longitudinal studies completed all over the world.

For example, one 2013 study proved that employees who work in areas with an interior design they like are more likely to be quite productive and enjoy their work more. The workers reported having more positive moods, and experience a better feeling of well-being at the end of the day. In fact, many bosses noticed this change and started to incorporate more art into their offices as a way to help their employees reduce and eliminate stress.

Proper lighting isn’t just beneficial for office spaces either. There have been plenty of studies completed showing that surgery patients recover faster when there have been uplifting art scenes in their room, and even some patients were able to take less medication after being surrounded by inspiring

Plus, this method of studying light has even caused doctors to develop a more efficient method when they light neonatal intensive care units. This lighting actually has a long-term effect on these babies, as the study found that babies who experience a regular daylight light cycle develop their own sleep cycles earlier compared to babies who stayed continuously under bright light.

The home can benefit as well, as these effects don’t just have to stop when someone leaves the workplace! So, these scientific findings may be good news for the 47% of Americans who haven’t updated their home decor within the past five years, and the 9% who haven’t in more than 10 years. Now, with these techniques in mind, these homeowners are able to incorporate feel-good interior design elements into their home.

Who knew couches and lamps could be related to science?

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