Environmental Psychology

What is Environmental Psychology?

Environmental psychology is the study of transactions between individuals and their physical settings. In these transactions, individuals change the environment, and their behaviour and experiences are changed by the environment.

Turn on your instinctive, emotional brain; remove your design ego and ask yourself how the design makes you feel and behave? Does the interior, building or landscape reduce or induce stress? Does this place make people healthier and happier? Will this space enhance a persons mental wellbeing? Environmental Psychology is part of our design process at Folk, we believe that your environment is one of the biggest contributing influences on our day-to-day behaviour, which is why interior design is so much more than fluffing cushions - Yes people, there's a psychology behind design and it's what drives us at Folk.


The results of several research studies reveal that rooms with bright light, both natural and artificial, can improve health outcomes such as depression, agitation, and sleep. 'Warm' and 'cold' lighting don't refer to the physical heat of the lamp, but to the tone or colour of the light. Warm lights make the environment feel more welcoming and relaxing, while cooler lights make the environment more stimulating - they make us feel more alert, more focused, and can increase productivity levels.


Colour Psychology is also a major factor when talking about environmental psychology. Colour is a powerful communication tool and can be used to signal action, influence mood, and even influence physiological reactions. Certain colours have been associated with increased blood pressure, increased metabolism, and eyestrain.


Arguably one of the largest impacts design can have on mood is whether or not there is adequate space offered in an interior and if the layout is well-designed. Even with the best of designs, a crowded space can make a person feel burdened and anxious. People require a comfortable space, well-apportioned furnishings and items that are well considered and loved, so that each item within your home plays a roll and isn't just clutter.. This creates a better flow, more productivity, improved human interaction, and a sense of ease.

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