Have you ever wondered how your environment affects your productivity or mood? Imagine a space (i.e. your workplace, bedroom, kitchen) that actually encourages creative thinking, problem solving, and relaxation! Most people never realize the potential of their surroundings. We, as a society, are not using our living and working spaces to their full capacity.

When you think about it, so much of our identity is tied to our material possessions; our homes, our clothes, our cars and our gadgets.  We identify ourselves through these items instead of through our actions. We end up spending so much time and money caring for our items, storing them, maintaining them, that we sometimes don’t have time to do the things we love anymore. People spend their precious lives caring for stuff— rather than for themselves. Your space should care for you and incorporating some of these evidence based design principles will do just that.

Unfortunately, a keen eye for aesthetics, and practical design isn’t always a natural talent, and acquiring this skill can be time consuming. However, there is good news, there are simple, yet powerful design principles we all can learn and follow immediately. Read on!

The first thing you’ll need to do is select the style you want for the interior of your home. ………… Look at pictures on Pinterest that make you feel enticed, calmed, or positively stimulated and relaxed. After a little exploration and self-awareness, you are ready for the following basic design principles for a well-designed, functioning home…………..

How to Create Clarity of Thought at Work or Home

1 – Is there a focal point of emphasis?

A very important tenet of interior design is the use of a focal point within each room. Without one, a room can feel jumbled, disorganized, and its layout just won’t make sense. Many rooms have a built-in focal point. Sometimes it’s one grand window, a fireplace mantel, or an interesting rise in a ceiling. If there is not one inherently, you can create one with the use of a painting or grouping of photographs. Balance is achieved only though strategic use of shapes, patterns, textures, and colors. The manipulation of these elements should not overwhelm you. When you walk in, your mind adjusts from the chaotic world into a blissful focus only attainable in a space made specifically for you. Ask yourself this question the next time you enter your abode or office space.

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We will be continuing our series in Living and Designing with Clarity, Balance & Beauty. Stay tuned for more lifestyle & design tips….

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