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Green Design and Environmental Design Psychology Ideas for Homemakers

By Jeanette Joy Fisher

Innovative interior design trends blend nature-based details and ecology concerns along with the residents' emotional well-being. Use "Green Design," or earth-friendly products, together with interior design psychology to create the most harmonious home. Not only will your kindness make the earth happy, your home will support your emotional needs, too!

Choose design details to support emotions from ideas inspired by the greatest designer - Mother Earth.  Mother Nature knows best how to blend light, shadows, colors, patterns, textures, and form.

Examine the outdoors. Look at the water, trees, sky, ground, and clouds. At first glance, you may only see colors: greens, blues, browns, and whites. Take a closer inspection; notice the multitude of miniature patterns, the grains of sand, millions of leaves, colors, textures and other tiny details. Observe the changing sky: glorious sunrises, blue skies, white fluffy clouds, stormy dark clouds, brilliant and soft sunsets, and the millions of twinkling stars.

Environmental Design Psychology Home Makeover Ideas

    1.  Bring Nature Indoors

We naturally respond to nature and feel comforted by interiors which connect us to the earth.  Use flowers and live plants instead of fake silk plants. Besides natural beauty, you get natural air filters without using electrical, noisy air filters. Tending to your plants relieves stress while helping to clean your environment. Plants and flowers shouldn't be left to grand events (births, weddings, funerals, holidays, hospital visits, birthdays, and anniversaries). Include plants and flowers in your home makeover design plan.

Some effective natural air filtering houseplants:

Plant Name  Mainly Effective Against

Bromeliad, Aloe, Spider Plant, Poinsettia, Weeping Fig, Philodendron


Chinese Evergreen




Bamboo Palm, Chrysanthemum, Miniature Umbrella Plant


Benzene, Formaldehyde


Janet Craig (dracaena)


Benzene, Trichloroethylene


Peace Lily , Madagascar Dragon Tree, Golden Pothos, Gerbera Daisy, English Ivy, Mother-in-law's Tongue, Warneckii (dracaena)


Benzene, Trichloroethylene, Formaldehyde


Orchid Ammonia, Acetone, Formaldehyde

    2.  Decorate with Natural Colors

Because we're accustomed to seeing so many details in nature, we also like man-made spaces with details instead of the stark, colorless (all white), lifeless interior spaces often created today by designers or home makers who believe that they're making a relaxing, clutter-free space. Use buttery, sunny yellows or calming blues and greens on walls to make your rooms feel warm in a cool climate or cool in a hot climate. 

You can also change accessory colors with the seasons to support your emotional needs.

    3.  Decorate with Natural Patterns

People prefer organic, swirling patterns over geometric patterns. Also, don't use large patterns because big patterns complete with the people in the space.  Use a balance of small and medium patterns with plenty of free space for calming rooms. To fill a large space to encourage liveliness, use more upbeat, undulating patterns.

    4.  Decorate with Natural Textures

Use pure cottons, linens, silks, and hemp fabrics. Consider environmentally friendly flooring like bamboo or wood from sources that grow trees. (These tress would never be planted and benefit the earth if the companies couldn't harvest them.)

If you're planning a room or home makeover, consider copying Mother Nature with your design details. Colors, patterns, and textures from nature will make you,  your family, and guests feel great. Don't forget to garden indoors and think about how your choices affect the environment. Combine "Green Design" with Environmental Psychology and you're on your way to a harmonious home!

Copyright 2006 Jeanette J. Fisher

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