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Depression and Home Design

Posted on: April 11th, 2016 by Tom Karl

 

 

 

 

 

For people suffering from Depression, finding every possible strategy to mitigate its pain and its disabling effects is crucial. Success in its treatment must be confronted on every possible level.

A lively cream colored kitchen with vibrant accents in teal-blue and navajo red.

In addition to new medications and various forms of therapy, research is paying attention to other areas that influence human behavior and influence mood. In the past three decades, a lot of progress has been made in the understanding of how living and working environments can affect the human brain.

My approach to designing spaces that will have a positive influence on a person who suffers from depression includes the use of color, textures, pattern, light and spatial organization among other design categories. Today I’ll be writing about color.

Various shades of gray and monochromatic spaces are wonderful for people who do not suffer from depression. There is truth to the commonly used phrase: “feeling gray”; while for many that might be a one-day random occurrence, for others it’s a weighty presence that diminishes the quality of their lives for months or years. Color is crucial when battling depression. The use of colors as a healing tool dates back to ancient cultures such as the Egyptians and the Chinese. Modern research methods have corroborated what was intuitively known for centuries. I have been studying color for years and have enough empirical experience to embrace its positive influence in the life of those afflicted by depression.  I use a very personalized approach to color selection for my clients; I rely strongly on their positive memories and the spaces and colors in which those moments and times occurred. It’s important to reconnect a person to the colors that made them happy in the past as they have strong unconscious powers to revitalize the psyche.

Depression is a real ailment that is often misunderstood by friends, coworkers, and even family. The most important thing my clients know about me is that I’m here to help, that I will listen to their needs and that we will work together to create the most healing environments for them. My primary motor of inspiration is HOPE; I always have hope in my clients’ lives and their happiness because healing is a reality that they can indeed access through many forms of treatments. I see the creation of beautiful, inspiring rooms as another tool to help them regain their joy and love for life.

Against pale taupe walls, a sectional in white leather and cerulean blue cushions is accented with richly patterned pillows and surrounded by golden colored chairs.

Against pale taupe walls, a sectional in white leather with cerulean blue cushions is accented with richly patterned pillows and surrounded by golden colored chairs.

Special attention was paid to the interplay of textures, from a thick walnut colored shag rug to various veneered and painted surfaces, from soft brown chenille and orange velvet to mandarin coral cotton and voile draperies punctuating the space with porcelain, metal and glass accessories.

Special attention was paid to the interplay of textures, from a thick walnut colored shag rug to various veneered and painted surfaces, from soft brown chenille and orange velvet to mandarin coral cotton and voile draperies punctuating the space with porcelain, metal and glass accessories.