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Updated: Jan 19, 2019

The bond between interior and human emotions has gained much attention in the last decade, this form of environmental psychology exists for thousands of year now and this is something we can can see in the Indian Vastu Shastra, the Chinese Feng Shui.

The widely accepted notion that home is a happy place is definitely correct, but it’s important to realize that homes are not promoting happiness per se, but they can be molded and designed in a way that promotes good mood and harmony. Many objects and elements inside a house can have a significant impact on one’s mood. Taking colours as an example. The fact that they can generate or enhance certain emotion is deeply rooted in my minds. According to what I know about colour psychology, vibrant shades like yellow, orange, and green encourage socializing and communicating, while dark hues like purple, deep blue, red, and darker shades of green reflect a bit gloomy feel. Still, when applied in appropriate places, they can evoke harmony.

A personal fascination in seeing others homes, and contemporary spaces summaries my experience. I am intrigued with the symmetry in balanced lines. Home interior magazine photographs and memory fueled this propensity for instance here are few example:

I want to explore the simple progression of how we as humans build in the community of different habitats: how we add to and refine to create our own lifestyle and how we then inhabit what we have with the possessions we have gathered around us. I believe the answer to these questions can be found in many different places.

There are urban alternatives I found in these magazines; English townhouse, converted industrial spaces, high rise apartments to courtyard compounds in south east Asia etc.

from the larger issues of location I think of more personal ones of self projection with the home: interiors, decoration, arrangement and presentation. There are regional, historical styles; English neoclassicism, oriental minimalism and high ornament, colonial western tastes mingled with formal traditions for example the treatment of doors, windows, furniture, choices of colours and style produces a modernist interior in London drawing room.

And within interiors are seen the details, minutiae of arrangement of objects, landing, wall displays, little vignette of personal memorabilia are tends to indicate living. Finally the doorway from the home leads again to the outside it s now the chance for interior life to merge with the veranda, garden and the courtyard. where these movement of transition can be portrait by a table chair set up almost randomly making a fully customized outside room.