Psychology and Symbolism
Interior design choices impart symbolic meaning and shape how users psychologically experience a space.
Many popular design motifs are borrowed from world cultures: Feng Shio principles tend to guide Asian-inspired designs, while geometric motifs and intricate detail are popular in middle eastern architecture. If you’re looking for your home to embody your specific culture, working from the ground up using these design systems and motifs is a great way to ensure your space is designed from the ground up with your particular aesthetic and theme in mind.
Expression of Values
Designs inherently convey what homeowners value most via layout and decorative accents. A library filled with books signals learning is valued there, whereas a professional chef’s kitchen shows the homeowners value entertaining. Building a list of your individual priorities and wants, and creating a design to cater to them is key to ensuring your unique needs and values are represented in the final design.
Light, color, and other design factors subconsciously trigger emotional reactions far more than we pay mind to. A dark monotone dining room feels serious, while an airy kitchen with light wood tones imparts cheerfulness. Green tones create a relaxing, subdued feel, while reds are exciting and a great option for entertaining spaces such as dining rooms. Here’s a good article on the use of color theory in interior design.