Why are people so passionate about home design?
Today, we will review a rather fascinating topic - one that, beyond informative and technical home design principles, also contains some psychological and behavioral elements.
Our topic for today is the mixed feelings of excitement and passion that usually arise in some of us during our personal home design experience. Moreover, we will dive jointly into why we tend to be so passionate about our home design process.
Or, as the title above asks straightforwardly - Why are people so passionate about home design?
As always, later in the article, there will be a refreshing infographic presentation and a video summarizing its content for you.
1. Convenient & Easy.
The first reason people tend to be passionate about their home design is actually a result of a small chain reaction.
"Chain who?" You must be mumbling now.
Relax. It's simpler than you think.
Try to think about it for a moment: which physical space on earth can the average person get to design in his lifetime if not his own four walls?!
It will probably be the only chance to design something meaningful for most people.
Given these circumstances, the average person will likely find himself designing his own home at least once, which will likely cause some of them (those with hidden creative potential) to "Sink into it" a bit more than others. Then, following the well-known saying - "appetite comes with eating," - some will find the concept of home design appealing on a personal level, which will inevitably cause feelings of passion to arise.
And so, it's pretty clear why some people become passionate about their home design process - considerations of comfort and ease resulted from a slight chain reaction - Many started with the process due to realistic considerations - Some get 'stuck' with it and become passionate about it.
I find this whole home-Decor thing pretty interesting..
Think of it as a fascinating rendezvous point between the law of large numbers and some behavioral psychology mixed with home design elements.
2. Home Is Where The Heart Is.
"Home is where the heart is," said Roman naval commander Gaius Plinius, and since then, we have all repeated it as a mantra. Even the great Elvis had something to say about it.
But what does this phrase really mean?
Well, we can't ask Gaius since we don't think he's still breathing. Still, if we had to take a wild guess, we'd say that his original intention was to claim that the true meaning of the "Home" concept contains much more than a physical space of four walls. In a nutshell, it is the anchor/'safe place' to which every person yearns and in which he feels protected, maskless, and peaceful. A place you are happy to come back to.
And given his many seafaring wanderings, Gaius was probably trying to say that it doesn't really matter where your brick-and-mortar house is - Your "Home" is where your sense of serenity increases- 'Home is where the heart is.' Indeed.
And if this place happens to be the house you actually live in - congratulations! You have won the jackpot.
More than being a physical concept - a house is a feeling of stability and peace
So now, after briefly discussing the deep meaning of the 'Home concept' as a source of stability/serenity and given its obvious functional importance as a space that enables the existence of everyday life, it's pretty clear why this is a space that is considered to be of enormous importance (both physical and mentally) for most people.
And how do people usually behave towards things of utmost importance?
You got that right - Passionately.
So now, it is better understood why some people are so passionate about their home design - after all, it constitutes one of the anchors of their lives - both physically and emotionally - so it's pretty clear why the attitude towards the "care tools" - Home design - will be in a way that is full of passion.
People tend to see their home as a gateway to their future, their family, and the exciting experiences that await them just around the corner, and how can one not approach it in a way full of passion?
3. Their Business Card Towards The World.
Although most of us are familiar with the famous phrase by Benjamin Franklin:
Guests, like fish, begin to smell after three days.
Still, for most people, due to its enormous importance (see paragraph two), the way in which their home is perceived by other people (usually in the context of hospitality) highly affects their sense of self-worth since they believe it reflects on how the environment perceives them as human beings.
As an amusing paraphrase -"My house looks shitty" (in their eyes) equals "I'm shitty."
It sheds some light on the psychological and behavioral phenomena regarding some people's strange behavior while preparing to greet guests in their homes (Remember how mom used to freak out twenty minutes before the guests arrived?). As far as they are concerned, their home is their business card to society, and they'll be damned to let him misrepresent them.
According to this perception, a well-designed/high-quality house - design-wise - can define, to a certain extent, the position of its owner on the social scale.
It is mainly why people quickly become so passionate about decorating their homes.
By the way, if you want to dive a bit deeper and 'scientifically' understand why it's so important to some people how others perceive them (and in this case - their home, which represents 'them' to a certain extent), you can read this excellent article by Scientific American.
"My house looks good? Thank you, you are so kind.."
It's quite similar to the 'Beauty industry' where people consider their physical appearance to be something that defines them and their social status, quickly leading to increased preoccupation and passion towards improving appearance.
4. Personal Training Ground.
At the end of the day, the place where you are supposed to feel most comfortable is in your own home.
Much evidence suggests that stress is the number one enemy of creativity. And the best ideas emerge when we are peaceful and calm.
From here on, it's just a simple math:
Suppose your home is where you feel most at ease. And, As mentioned above, relaxation is the primary source of inspiration and creativity. In that case, if you suddenly get "caught" by a burst of creativity, it will probably occur while you are at home.
It is very likely, then, that the average person will probably find himself engaged in design matters (which usually come due to inspiration and creativity) while routinely spending time within his home - in light of the above, this is a natural process.
From there, due to the continuous occupation with it (and the fact that the average person spends a significant amount of time within his home), the road to becoming passionate about home design matters is very short. As mentioned above - 'appetite comes with eating.'
Creativity - it will surprise you in your home peace!
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