Interior designers have long known that room decoration affects mood. Even restaurant owners know this, so they tend to choose colors and designs that either encourage customers to linger and eat more (soft cushions, low light) or eat quickly and leave to make room for more customers (bright colors, hard seats)!Furnishings, accessories, room arrangement, paint colors and even scents in a room can affect the mood of the person in that room. This is why it's important to consider the purpose of the room before decorating it. Is it a place to relax, such as a bedroom? Is it going to be an entertaining room, like a family room? The purpose of the room should be the deciding factor in how it is decorated, and subsequently, how that decoration affects the mood.
Colors and ScentsBright colors are not relaxing. They imply energy and light. Bright paint colors are often used in kitchens because food is energy. Rooms that are painted and decorated with bright colors lift the mood of the people in them, and often give them energy. If there are too many colors, however, the mood created might be one of chaos and stress, so the colors need to be balanced carefully.
Subdued colors create a feeling of calm and relaxation. Soft blues, other neutrals and grays are often used in bedrooms and bathrooms in order to impart a feeling of restfulness in the user.
Scents are also important in decorating a room. Any strong scents, no matter how pleasing to one person, can make another person uncomfortable or confined without quite understanding why they feel that way. Subtle scents, on the other hand, usually give a feeling of gentle contentment.
Arrangement of Accessories and FurnitureAlthough most people understand that too much clutter can create a feeling of anxiety, many people don't understand that the improper arrangement of furniture and accessories can also create feelings of stress and anxiousness. A room that has a couch with its back to a large window or opening can leave a person feeling subconsciously vulnerable, as if someone can sneak up on them. A room designed for entertainment, such as a family room, should have enough comfortable seating for everyone. Uncomfortable or limited seating will make people feel awkward and tense.
The arrangement of accessories can also affect the mood of a person. A small table crowded with photos can irritate someone who is looking for a place to set down his drink. Conversely, a small table with a simple bud vase and cheerful, colorful flower next to a drink coaster can create a happy, friendly mood.