Emotional interior design: what is it about and what is its decorative style
Emotional interior design is the result of the social changes we have experienced in recent years, which have prompted us to value the well-being that our home engenders when we take care of it. Spending so much time isolated at home has made us pay more attention to spaces in order to improve them, renovate them and create our own little haven where we can feel at ease.
With the help of interior designer Eva Maraver, in this article we take a closer look at this new and increasingly popular concept: emotional interior design.
What is emotional interior design about?
According to Eva, ‘they are interiors that evoke sensations and emotions. It is an expressive interior design, with its own language, in which the stimulation of the senses takes precedence over purely functional aspects.'
This designer believes that creating an emotional interior design requires a handcrafted project carried out without haste, listening carefully to the client, understanding what they want and paying attention to every detail. Each project must be carried out and seen as unique, with a lot of time and effort put into it. To do this, you have to imagine yourself inside the space, feeling every corner.
As to why emotional interior design is on the rise, Eva shares her opinion: ‘I think we live in a time when everything has become emotionally colder. Working remotely has led to more isolation and less human contact. We need to feel better, in warmer, more welcoming environments that are not only functional, but also make us feel happier.’
This concept can also be used in retail and restaurant spaces, as part of strategic interior design projects.
What are the principles of emotional interior design?
Interior designers use a wide range of elements in order to awaken certain emotions. The key is to know how to combine them all to create the sensations that the client requires in each space.
According to Eva, it is essential to study the distribution and circulation in the space so that the rooms are habitable and generate good sensations. By playing with colour, light, shadows, textures and volumes, we also manage to convey certain emotions. She also uses a blend of art, craftsmanship and creativity to round off her projects, not forgetting the aromas.
Clean and tidy spaces
Without a doubt, cleanliness and tidiness are key factors in maintaining harmony and well-being in the home. A good example of this is the famous Japanese cleaning ritual, known as Osouji.
From our conversation with Eva about emotional interior design, it is clear that she believes that order makes our lives easier, helps us to concentrate and improves productivity. These factors are undoubtedly key in spaces where we will be working remotely or studying, among other activities.
Lighting is central to emotional interior design. On the one hand, natural light makes us feel happy, energetic and full of vitality. It is the most beautiful and pleasant form of lighting and should take precedence over artificial light. On the other hand, artificial light should complement it in a direct and indirect way, avoiding a flat and nuanced illumination.
Before designing a space, Eva Maraver believes it is essential to understand how light affects the people who will inhabit it, as some people may be more sensitive to light than others. Based on this approach, the space and orientation of each room will be tailored to the client’s needs and their relationship with light.
Introducing nature into interior design provides the professional with another tool to promote well-being and positive emotions.
The main goal of biophilic design is to reconnect humans with nature in places where this contact is often lost, such as cities, office buildings, public buildings, etc. Research has shown that this reduces stress and therefore increases productivity and creativity.
Colour psychology: how does it affect us?
In response to our questions about how colour affects emotions when designing an interior space, Eva gives us the keys on how to use colour depending on the emotion to be evoked:
- Pink is a very emotional shade that conveys delicacy.
- Yellow is cheerful and energetic.
- Orange is dynamic and warm.
- Red is passion.
- White conveys peace and cleanliness.
- Black is elegance and mystery.
- Green brings tranquillity and balance.
- Purple evokes spirituality and magic.
- Blue provides a sense of calm and freshness.
Examples of emotional interior design in projects featuring Cosentino surfaces
Our Silestone, Sensa and Dekton design surfaces offer you endless possibilities in terms of textures, colours and formats to create emotional interiors in your projects.
With more than 200 different colours to choose from, design professionals can customise interiors and exteriors as much as possible to suit the client’s needs.
Come and visit us in one of our Cosentino Cities to get inspired and discover first-hand all our surfaces.