London Builders Interior Psychology. Part Two.

London Builders Interior Psychology. Part Two.



For example, a​ living room cannot be altogether a​ dining room, a​ bedroom cannot serve a​ function of​ a​ study at​ the same time. in​ terms of​ psychology, the most important here is​ privacy and even intimacy of​ lives of​ house dwellers. On the contrary, an​ open interior is​ a​ designer's realization of​ conception of​ an​ available society showing off its life, active, dynamic and communicative style of​ behaviour and, probably, the priority of​ social and business interests over the personal ones. Nowadays this type of​ house structuring is​ realized by way of​ flexible house planning, organizing a​ space which can be clearly seen from any place, which is​ divided not into rooms but into functional areas. Two centuries ago architects reached this type by creating an​ enfilade of​ adjacent rooms.

The problem of​ what type of​ planning to​ choose when creating harmonising interior can be solved very easily. Those who prefer loneliness, who avoid noisy parties and social contacts, will be satisfied with a​ close interior. And people who got used to​ be in​ the centre of​ attention, who strive for widening the circle of​ acquaintances, often associate such a​ choice with a​ psychological solitary confinement. Developing the design of​ a​ stimulating interior requires much more responsible and creative approach. it​ goes without saying that the shock therapy tactics is​ inappropriate here. Compensatory psychotherapeutic idea of​ stimulating design is​ realized by way of​ efficient use of​ two basic techniques: combination of​ close or​ open interior and some intermediate variant - half-open housing space. Let's try to​ see everything in​ practice.

Suppose the task is​ in​ creating a​ stimulating interior for a​ person who experiences some difficulties due to​ his being unsociable, uncommunicative, being plunged into himself all the time. The first method is​ to​ create a​ single open space instead of​ a​ number of​ separate common rooms (for example, a​ living room, a​ kitchen and a​ study) with one isolated room serving a​ harmonizing element. The second method is​ in​ partial limiting the degree of​ isolation of​ each of​ the rooms when massive walls are replaced by light transforming partition walls, curtain walls or​ glass panels. an​ approach to​ planning the stimulating interior for a​ person with impetuous, choleric temperament will be quite opposite by its goals but will have much in​ common with the previous variant by its practical realization. Dominating here will be the tendency of​ enforcing and dividing single space areas by mobile partitions which visually reduce the volume of​ a​ separate room but do not make an​ impression of​ a​ completely isolated room.

Also very important is​ to​ think over a​ colour palette of​ decoration, general style of​ the premises as​ well as​ furniture and separate objects. With a​ psychological approach to​ interior designing this is​ the most important stage. There is​ no universal formula here. it​ is​ possible to​ give general recommendations, but only proceeding from a​ conventional division of​ temperaments into cholerics, sanguines, melancholics and phlegmatics and their psychoemotional characteristics. as​ an​ alternative modern psychology suggests similar gradation into extraverts and introverts of​ active and passive types. it​ is​ clear that each type is​ very rare in​ its pure form - temperaments of​ most personalities can be referred to​ the mixed type.




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