Human Behaviour & the Interior Environment

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I. Summary
Interior design provides answers that are both functional and attractive and enhance the quality of life. Interior design reflects and interacts with the cultural background and traditional heritage of the occupants. The design process itself runs through a systematic and interactive methodology to create an innovative and functional design solution whereby the needs and resources of the occupants are satisfied. To achieve a well designed environment many elements contribute together thus innovating the overall theme like color, light, texture, etc. Interior design provides solutions for residential, commercial, educational, healthcare, office and hospitality projects consequently affecting our daily way of living. Interior design is derived on our cultural heritage. It can directly or indirectly shape our behavior and it influences our reactions. For example a room painted in red feels warm than another painted in blue. However it's the same environment but the color which is an important design element has altered our behavior and way of thinking. The same color itself can trigger different emotions depending on its reference to either symbolic or psychological functions considering the linkages that vary with time, place and cultural background. While white color is worn at weddings and may represent purity, sterility, virginity and peace for some nations, it was the color worn at funerals for others during certain periods in history.

Much research by environmental psychologists has confirmed that our surroundings can and does have quite a significant effect on the way we feel and how we are likely to respond, so in the case of interior design, it stands to reason that we must take care to avoid anything that is likely to make us feel uncomfortable or distressed and should aim for a harmonious environment that ultimately has a positive effect on our mood.

Lighting

Take a room used by a counsellor for example. Can the lighting...
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