People are very visually stimulated creatures. Mental health experts agree that sight is the sense that informs us of our reality more than any other sense. What we see affects our personal condition a great deal. That is why the aesthetics of our homes are so important to think about. Most of us are home more than anywhere else in life. Home is supposed to be a place of security, peace, restoration and rejuvenation, where we recharge before going out into the world to accomplish things. It is very important to our health and our sanity that our home environments are peaceful. Therefore, we need to consider the aesthetics of our homes as an investment into our mental health.
When a home is full of aesthetics that are pleasing to the eye, including art, decorations, cleanliness and order, an environment of calm is created. This aesthetically pleasing environment is based on a number of factors, including color, representation, order, cleanliness and saturation.
- Color. The colors used in decorating a home should be hand-picked by the inhabitant in accordance with their preferences. Different personalities prefer different colors, so it is wise for people to do some research to consider the effects that colors have on them before choosing a home color scheme.
- Representation. Anything a person can see has meaning to them. The meaning may be personal or impersonal, positive or negative, beneficial or harmful. Anything in the home that can be seen will carry some impact on the inhabitant’s mood, which needs to be considered for the decorating of the home.
- Order. The order a home and its decor is kept in has a major effect on how it impacts us visually. When we walk into a space that is unkempt and in disarray, we immediately feel more scattered, where as when we walk into a space that is orderly, we feel put together. The same is true for the cleanliness and the saturation of decor and other items.