The homes we choose, and what we then choose to do with them says a lot about us! How do you live and what are your priorities? Where do you relax and what helps you relax? What are your triggers for stress? What do you need or not need?
All of these questions define the psychology of your perfect home. Whether you’re designing a new home or redefining your domicile, what considerations are at play when you create your list of “must haves” vs. “nice to haves”? What do these things say about practicality? Status? Security? Efficiency? Are you creating a home that will welcome visitors, or seeking a sanctuary and private space?
A growing body of research concerns emotionally intelligent design, and highlights the increased understanding and importance of neuroscience in design and decoration. In this arena, a host of considerations are at work, from optimizing space to accentuate the positive and deliver mood and health benefits, to design or purchase decisions that ignore practicalities and unknowingly mine the subconscious. The architectural dream-scapes of the film Inception come to mind.
While our perfect homes would all have different layouts, amenities, and aesthetics, understanding the reasoning behind our preferences is a key in getting them right. Like any possession, a perfect home does not create a perfect life; however, most of us would agree that coming home to an abode that promotes harmony and order would support a more peaceful existence.
Whether you know that you’d like vaulted ceilings and dramatic entryways, or cozier nooks that bring people together, working with an architect who asks the right questions and analyzes your answers can help you to understand what your perfect home is all about. Next, you're on the road to making it a reality!
Your perfect home says a lot about you. Are you listening?