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The psychology of design: How to create an environment in which you will thrive
Sally Augustin Ph.D.
Use science to overcome design paralysis.
Clutter can, and must, go.
Put science to work outside your window.
Add a potted plant to your world!
Want to feel calmer? More alert? Get along better with others? Think more creatively? Change your light bulb.
Science-based insights are handy at the holidays.
Quiet is worth the effort.
Thinking of sprucing up your home before end-of-year entertaining begins? Use what scientists have learned to select your hues.
Put up some mirrors, change your life.
Designing with empathy is designing for everyone's comfort.
Polishing and sweeping can be good for your mind as well as your waistline.
Use science to select colors that are "just right" for your rooms.
Tweak the design of your home to live a healthier life.
Want to feel—and be—better mentally and physically? Dig out your sneakers and go for a stroll.
The friendly skies are often not a very pleasant place to be.
If you can't knock down any walls, but want an open floor plan, don't lose heart. Use color, scents, light, furniture, and a few design tricks to unite separate spaces.
Make your life better, with hygge!
Your nose is always sniffing--make sure it's smelling the right scents!
Want to build relationships? Order rounds of toasty and tasty beverages for all!
Use science-based insights when you decorate this holiday season.
Inviting guests? Consider their options.
Nostalgia can make your life better.
Design can keep us all comfortable, no matter how much eye contact we desire.
It's becoming clear we do more than see, hear, taste, touch, and smell.
Color has power, and it can be harnessed for good!
Are all the choices you need to make while planning your new home overwhelming? Cognitive science research can simplify your selections.
Where will you really relax?
Airplane interiors are about the least hospitable places around, from a psychological perspective.
Green up your life. It'll be good for your body and your mind.
It's time to manage your garden--use cognitive science to fine tune your plans.
Sally Augustin, Ph.D., is an environmental psychologist and the author of Place Advantage: Applied Psychology for Interior Architecture.
People, Places, and Things explores humans' psychological relationship with their physical world and the objects in it.