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Do You Think Interior Design Affects Your Work and Mood?

It's long been held by architects and interior designers that the places we live and work in can affect our thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. But now, according to an article in the Scientific American, scientists are finding that there's an empirical basis for the theory, and have found clues on how to "promote creativity, keep students focused and alert, and lead to relaxation and social intimacy," with design, be it ceiling heights, window views, lighting, and more. From experience, have you found that the interior design of your home or office affects your productivity or your mood?

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hippiecowgirl hippiecowgirl 8 years
Absolutely. Our office is very sterile and uninspiring which shows in the attitude of the majority of employees who work there. The functional aspects are influential too. The chairs aren't so comfy and the lighting is miserable.
miss-malone miss-malone 8 years
For sure.
aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
I think to an extent of course!
duh! (:
dm8bri dm8bri 8 years
Totally makes a difference - The office I work in is poorly designed and populated by gross old furniture and I find it difficult to stay focused. Of course, I don't really love my job, either. I think I'm going to be living on my own soon and I want to do a major apartment overhaul, because I don't even enjoy hanging out in most of it.
EvilDorkGirl EvilDorkGirl 8 years
Well yes, of course your surroundings have something to do with your happiness. However, if you work with a bunch of brain-dead monkeys, the best-designed office in the world still won't make you happy at work. Conversely, I'm at a job now where the facilities are adequate but old, but my coworkers are all awesome guys so I love my job.
leslievanhouten leslievanhouten 8 years
Two years ago, I worked at a design studio that had amazing space. It wouldn't be everyone's cup of tea, but I thought it was fantastic. Even when I hated the work, I loved just going to work.
ella1978 ella1978 8 years
Yes, I'm an architect, I work in an architect's office, and the place is almost unbearable. Bad carpeting, drafting tables for computer desks, teal counters and chairs and peach walls. Bad flourscent lighting, and blinds that are perforated, and don't at ALL block out the light. It's terrible and it definately does not inspire me to work!
glam-sugar glam-sugar 8 years
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