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The psychology of design: How to create an environment in which you will thrive
Sally Augustin Ph.D.
Ambient temperature has a significant effect on how we think and behave.
Trying to decide if you should remodel? Consider all of a renovation's potential ramifications.
Should you select the paisley-like wallpaper or the rectilinear option? It depends.
Should you knock down the walls inside your home, or add some?
An evolving challenge: Being on time.
Arguing about design with a partner? Research can help explain how some disputes arise.
Burbling brooks. Gently rustling leaves. Serene birdsongs. Add their sounds to your life—and live better.
Your things can enhance your life.
Want happy guests? Want to be a happy host or guest? Consider the environmental psychology of visiting.
Wall colors matter; they influence how you think and behave.
Indoor plants are good for your physical and mental well being.
Natural light inside your home is good for your mind and your body.
Looking into aquariums relaxes and refreshes us.
Take a walk. It'll be good for your head and your heart and your health.
Got company coming? Create a space where you're comfortable to keep your guests happy.
Scientists have linked design and diet.
Use science to overcome design paralysis.
Clutter can, and must, go.
Put science to work outside your window.
Add a potted plant to your world!
Want to feel calmer? More alert? Get along better with others? Think more creatively? Change your light bulb.
Science-based insights are handy at the holidays.
Quiet is worth the effort.
Thinking of sprucing up your home before end-of-year entertaining begins? Use what scientists have learned to select your hues.
Put up some mirrors, change your life.
Designing with empathy is designing for everyone's comfort.
Polishing and sweeping can be good for your mind as well as your waistline.
Use science to select colors that are "just right" for your rooms.
Tweak the design of your home to live a healthier life.
Want to feel—and be—better mentally and physically? Dig out your sneakers and go for a stroll.
Sally Augustin, Ph.D., is an environmental psychologist and the author of Place Advantage: Applied Psychology for Interior Architecture.
People, Places, and Things explores humans' psychological relationship with their physical world and the objects in it.