Home Design Psychology
So what’s this all about? It’s about finding out what you really want in your home. What are the design elements that will give you that warm fuzzy feeling that you are at home?
These questions can be answered by turning to the field of home design psychology. Now before you turn away saying 'I don't need therapy', I promise you this isn’t woo-woo psychobabble. Stay with me here and you’ll see it makes sense.
To explain the benefits of home design psychology, I'd like to start with a thought experiment...
Describing your ideal home vs describing your ideal partner
Let’s say you sign up on an online dating site. One of the first things to do is describe what you’re looking for in your ideal partner. We often have a visual image in mind of what our ideal partner might look like, and yet we all know that in the long run, for a long term relationship, it’s other things that really matter. You search is more likely to succeed if you outline the activities you enjoy and some of the character traits and values you’re looking for in a partner.
Well - it's the same for a home. The psychology of home is all about teasing out the deeper values that we want our homes to reflect and figuring out how we can design our homes to match our values and best support our day to day lives. For once, it's all about YOU!
How does Home Design Psychology Work?
When you embark on a home design psychology process you’ll be taken through some exercises which involve, among other things:
- Examining your feelings about homes you’ve lived in your past.
- Exploring how you react to different settings and home design features.
- Thinking about how your home design effects your relationships.
At the end of the process you'll have a solid idea of what will make a space seem like home to you.
Be your own Home Design Psychologist
Home design psychologists tend to be expensive, around $175 per hour.
The good news is that I have researched the work of several home design psychologists in order to create the HPH Design Brief Workshop so you can be your own home design psychologist.