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Home Interior Design Tips: Gathering Spaces

By Jeanette Joy Fisher

Your home's interior design influences the way your family and friends interact in your gathering spaces.

Family room interior design tips

Lighting: Provide varying lighting intensities so you can change the dynamics in your family room.  For lively conversations and playtime, turn the lights up. For quiet time, turn the lights down.

Seating: Plan for both cuddling closeness and individual seating for those guests who prefer to not touch.

Use colors and patterns based on Mother Nature.

Choose environmentally-friendly fabrics and building materials.

Kitchen interior design tips

Make people the focus of your kitchen.

  1. Keep your counters uncluttered.
  2. Use colors that make a good background for people in food colors.
  3. Don't crowd the walls with too many accessories.
  4. Provide a bench, chairs, or stools for seating and conversations.
  5. Provide proper lighting for varying activities. During daylight, use daylight-mimicking lighting to boost dreary kitchens. Add a small lamp to dark counters and turn off harsh overhead lighting for nighttime mood lighting . 

Copyright 2006 Jeanette J. Fisher

For more information on how to makeover your home for happiness, please visit our sister site Design Psychology.

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