Interior design is the process of creating beautiful spaces of functionality, whilst promoting the safety and physical and mental wellbeing of those residing in the space. Professional interior designers use the tools at their disposal to manipulate the space to evoke particular feelings and emotions.
Across the industry, there has been a growing trend in catering to different demographics and tending to the purposes of different spaces. From business interior design to commercial and public places, the design strategy matters and plays a profound impact on the way we feel in different places.
Generation Y aka Gen Y has become synonymous with Millenials. They have had a tough time entering into the 21st century and have had to build lives around potent technological developments, global changes and many crises, which all seem to have been blamed on them.
They’re the demographic following Generation X and preceding Generation Z. Typically, they’re classed as those born between the early 80s to the late 90s. Making them anything between 21 – 39 years old. There may be a generational gap between the eldest and the youngest. But quite a few events and characteristics of the decade tie them together.
On average, Generation Y makes up today’s population of young professionals, entrepreneurs, future leaders, first-time home-buyers and home-makers. They account for a lot of activity in today’s world and are perhaps one of the most active demographics.
By the age of 22, a large portion of Gen Y entered the workforce, causing direct changes in the way they utilise their time and the importance of home. Functional spaces at home should account for working environments as well as the ability to relax and detach from work.
On average, by the age of 27, 90% of young adults had moved out of their parents home. This bang-in-the-middle range of Gen Y is a direct nod to the first implications for interior design in this capacity.
Entering the new decade, the state of the mental health of Millenials looks grimmer than ever before. Research identifies by the Pew Research Centre forecasts that the mental health of Gen Y in 2020 to host deeper levels of ‘death and despair’ linked to issues such as loneliness and money stress.
Interior design plays a large role in promoting the mental well-being of people existing within a space. It has the capacity to evoke emotions of happiness, fulfilment, relaxation and has been p[roven to alleviate symptoms of depression.
Interior design for Generation Y
As should be clear, Millenials are a particular group of our community with specific needs and purposes. Interior design should account for these specific needs to alleviate pressures and create a well-rounded and balanced life.
The direct correlation between interior design and wellbeing cannot be denied and over the past decade, this area of research has received impending attention.
Natural light plays one of the most important roles in elevating interior ambience. As such, it possesses stark powers in controlling our mood, functionality and health. Natural light has been found to reduce symptoms of depression. Since we spend more than 80% of our time indoors, it can be difficult to access a sufficient amount.
Interior designers bare this in mind and make full use of natural light. Whilst they cannot necessarily manipulate the actual sun, they can aim to make the most out of what it can offer. By infusing a room with reflective surfaces and mirrors to capture sunlight during the day, it can bounce across the room to reach further penetration and stick around for longer.
Further, ambience lighting can significantly affect energy levels. Successful interior design should make good use of coloured lights to energise and relax us. Blue hued lights have been found to increase energy levels. However, at nighttime, it can severely interfere with sleep.
Carefully variating light is imperative to the maintenance of oit natural daily rhythm (circadian rhythm). Meaning, we should be exposed to natural light during the day and sleep in darkness at night. By filling a room with as much natural light during the day and incorporating light block-outs during the night, the maintenance of a rhythmic cycle allows for better health.
Once again, the problems incurred from not spending enough time outdoors can be alleviated with interior design. Incorporating natural elements like wood, stone, water and organic textiles into the interiors of our living spaces can provide a solution by:
- Creating a sense of calmness associated with nature
- Promoting a happy and optimistic outlook on life
- Create feelings of restoration and revitalisation
- Reduce stress, helps to heal and soothe
Integrating interior design with the Earth’s natural elements is a growing research field and has seen far-reaching collaborations with designers and biologists who recognise the benefits in merging their fields. A simple, quick and effective way to bring the outdoors into your living space is bringing in potted plants, small water features and leaving wood furnishings unpainted and bare where possible.