Space is a powerful thing when it’s done right…

Feb 18, 2013 | Anoushka's Blog

The space within which you live, and how that space is designed both from a functional and aesthetic perspective has a massive impact on our emotional state and wellbeing.

“Design is really powerful, and we all have that emotional nerve in there that is hit when something is fixed – it makes you live better and more happily.  Space is a powerful thing when it’s done right” Genevieve Gorder (New York Interior Designer)

In previous posts I’ve talked about the psychology of colour, how to make your house feel like a home, how to decorate to make the most of your small spaces, and I hope I’ve provided you with inspirational images for your own interior projects. What I haven’t talked about enough is that all of these things if done correctly contribute to our overall wellbeing. How we feel in our spaces and how we react within them sets the tone for the rest of our lives. So you see, it’s so important to nurture your home into a space that can provide you with comfort, meaning, sanctuary and security.

I see the way that my clients are impacted with the finished interiors of my designs. When I first meet them that initial consultation can feel a little negative because I’m normally there to resolve a problem, something usually isn’t working well for them but it isn’t always clear what that something is. Through a process, together we work out what needs to happen to give my clients the interior that will put a smile on their faces every time they walk through the front door.

The effect of your home on your wellbeing is no more prevalent than it is in Feng Shui principles. Recently I met someone who introduced me to this topic. It’s not like I wasn’t aware of some of the guiding principles, in fact I found I was applying some of the basic rules naturally. What’s interesting in Feng Shui is that practitioners feel so strongly about the basic principles to the extent that good Feng Shui will not only enhance good health, but if done correctly it can also enhance wealth, relationships and happiness. From the placement of your furniture, through to placement of photo’s of loved one, mirrors, water features and decorative items that hold some kind of meaning to the owner these all can, if done well enhance your life.

Therefore I urge anyone reading this to think about how they live, and really think and feel what areas are working and what areas have just never felt ‘right’. You may call in an interior designer or decorator to help, or go with your gut on what needs to change but don’t live with these unresolved spaces any longer, as if left untouched it could be to the detriment of other areas of your life.

Here are some gorgeous interiors that deliver on that feel good factor, take some inspiration from these and from anything around that inspires to get you started!

Happy decorating.

Warm timber dining area (image from

Light and bright bedroom. (image from

Great contrast with the light and dark (image from

Pastel workspace, so inspiring (image taken from

Mixture of well put together interiors (image taken from

Love this dining table and chairs (image taken from

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