Aesthetics play an important role in daily living. Unbeknownst to people, how things are arranged and presented in their homes or any environment they frequent affects their perspectives, internal balance, and mood. Colors can affect mood, cognition, and appetite, among other things. Studies have been conducted on the effect of color on how pain is perceived. The studies revealed that colors affect the levels of experienced pain. For example, red intensifies pain more than the colors green and blue.
The practice of feng shui, or Chinese geomancy, aims to harmonize people with their environment. Certain arrangements enhance certain energies more than others. And the traditional Japanese aesthetic of Miyabi pushes aside crudeness in favor of elegance and harmony within the home. These practices, and others like them, serve as guides for people when deciding how to design and decorate their homes.
Before deciding on which interior design, painting, or flooring service in Canada to choose, it might be a good idea to first decide on the aesthetics that would bring about the best effect that visually represents a homeowner’s tastes and ideals.
The aesthetics of interior design
People prefer to look at pretty things. However, “pretty” can be a relative term contingent on who asked. Generally speaking, people gravitate more towards things of beauty. A beautiful woman gets treated better than an average-looking one; a beautiful park gets more visitors; even the adorable panda had millions of people rescuing them from extinction because of their fluffy cuteness.
The same preference is seen when deciding on the designs of a home. People want a home that looks cozy, warm, welcoming, and beautiful. Humans often act upon first impressions. Because first impressions are captured within the first 50 seconds of seeing something, a home is immediately, and often involuntarily, judged within a minute of a guest stepping foot inside.
When it comes to interior design, beauty can be objective and subjective. Some themes are visually appealing to everyone or a majority of people, and some are deemed ugly through the consensus of the majority. Different design styles are generally referred to as beautiful.
- Traditional design
“Traditional” could present itself differently, depending on which hemisphere of the world a home belongs. Traditional in countries in North America could mean ornately designed dark wood furniture. It could mean expensive textiles and upholstery with elegant patterns, reminiscent of 18th and 19th century England or France. There are elegant crystal chandeliers hanging from high ceilings, walls with neutral colors, nothing flashy or too bold. And, of course, matching furniture sets.
- Transitional design
Transitional design is an amalgamation of modern design aesthetics and traditional design. This harmonious combination of styles is one of the more popular design styles. This design style mixes the elegance of traditional furniture and colors with the more relaxed yet equally impactful contemporary patterns. Transitional interiors lean towards keeping accessories to a minimum and letting the textiles and patterns in furniture speak for themselves.
- Modern design
The current modern design style is heavily influenced by a mix of mid-century, Scandinavian, and post-modern designs. Modern-styled homes have a smooth, slick feel to them with clean lines. They use art as decorations instead of the usual knick-knacks. The modern style uses bold colors and designs. Modern and contemporary design styles are often confused with the other. The main difference is that modern design refers to the mid-20th century period.
- Contemporary design
Though similar to modern design, contemporary design is ever-evolving. This design style means whatever is in style within the present moment. So when that fad or style loses following, contemporary design evolves into the next “in” thing. Contemporary design uses open layouts, neutral colors, furniture with exposed legs and clean lines, moldings, and wall details to set certain spaces apart from others. When done right, the result gives an aura of luxurious comfort.
- Industrial design
This style stems from when the second industrial revolution wound down, and abandoned factories and industrial buildings abound. Due to the housing needs, these abandoned buildings were turned into homes for the ever-increasing population. The industrial design style finds beauty in exposed pipes and beams. This is a very masculine style that uses exposed brick and concrete, metal legs on wood furniture. This style tends to favor pairing raw furniture with antiques.
Whatever style the homeowner favors, the important thing is that the finished product is something in which they find comfort and happiness.