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How Design Can Help To Reduce Anxiety In Your Home
By Dorothy Tan, 06 Jan 2017
You may think that your anxiety comes from within, but your environment can have a huge influence on your emotional wellbeing as well.
Brooklyn-based designer and founder of website The Aesthetics of Joy, Ingrid Fetell Lee believes that our surroundings and the tangible things in them can affect how we feel.
“Round the corners: when choosing furniture, look for circular or oval forms, or rounded rectangles that have a gentle radius on the edge.”
According to her, “joy is all around us, embedded in certain colors, textures, patterns, movements, and shapes. By tuning into these “aesthetics of joy” and using more of them in our homes, offices, and public spaces, we can actually cultivate happiness from the outside in”.
“Soft textures: they soften a space visually, smoothing out hard edges.”
In this article, she listed down seven ways you can design a home that invites ease and banishes anxiety—from avoiding sharp angles that induce unconscious fear to adding greenery that provides visual and emotional relief, these tips are easy to execute and makes a big difference to the vibe of a space.
“Reduce complexity: choose simpler designs, arrange them in symmetrical ways, and stick with a reasonable number of colors and patterns.”
Read the entire article here to find out how design can help to reduce anxiety in your home or office.
[via The Aesthetics of Joy, opening image by Shutterstock]
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