Interior Design and Human Behavior


Do you think of interior design as a science or an art? Well, it might be a quiet difficult question; but in fact a combination of both. Interior design can be defined as an applied art where creativity skills and technical knowledge provide solutions. These solutions are applied to achieve a more convenient habitat.

Interior design provides answers that are both functional and attractive and enhance the quality of life. Interior design reflects and interacts with the cultural background and traditional heritage of the occupants.

The design process itself runs through a systematic and interactive methodology to create an innovative and functional design solution whereby the needs and resources of the occupants are satisfied.

To achieve a well designed environment many elements contribute together thus innovating the overall theme e.g. color, light, texture…etc. interior design provides solutions for residential, commercial, educational, healthcare, office and hospitality projects consequently affecting our daily way of living or in other words; our behavior.

However interior design leans on our cultural heritage, yet it still can directly or indirectly shape our behavior and definitely it influences our reactions. For instance a room painted in red feels warm than another painted in blue! However it’s the same environment but the color which is an important design element has altered our behavior and way of thinking. The same color itself can trigger different emotions depending on its reference to either symbolic or psychological functions considering the linkages that vary with time, place and cultural background. While white color is worn at weddings and may represent purity, sterility, virginity and peace for some nations, it was the color worn at funerals for others during certain periods in history.

Another noteworthy proof of how interior design can affect our behavior is light! It has to be customized according to the function performed by the occupants. That major element can ensure and highlight a certain frame of mind! For example in a work environment an inadequate light amount would cause annoyance and discomfort. On the contrary you would enjoy a nice dinner or a romantic movie on a dimmed light.

I do believe that the relation between mass and space creates the greatest impact on human behavior. Minimalism where the work is stripped down to its most fundamental features and the subject is reduced to its necessary elements was an approach for better living environments. A cluttered habitat is definitely irritating while fine organized minimal but yet function environments promote serenity and comfort. A good design coordinating mass and space can elevate the sense of creativity and innovation.

Again cultural variations transform occupant’s vision to surrounding space. For instance a minimal designed interior seems less and for some nations less reflects poverty.

The influence of interior design on human behavior is apparent while working for instance on educational projects like nurseries where children experience a phase of mind shaping. Color, light and texture integrate together to encourage creativity. Safety is another dimension that could be enhanced.

From my point of view a global standard design code for interior environments is not applicable since occupants respond in a different way in accordance with several factors such as cultural background, social heritage or climate conditions. Interior design could effectively develop the quality of life in accordance with formerly mentioned factors; focusing on the basics of creating an ideal habitat for living.

Source by Mohamed M. Khalifa

Sizing Art for your home properly

Art not only creates interest and a focal point to any space, but it can also balance a room and serve as a window. 
Sizing art can be tricky. We’re here to help. Before investing in a Papek Fine Art print, email us a picture of your wall along with the furniture dimensions. Then choose your favorite image and we will email you a mock-up that shows exactly how the image will look above your furniture. Remember that framing adds 8 to 12 inches to the piece (i.e., a 20” x 60” print becomes a 32” x 72” art piece).
See below for specific examples of how art has the potential to inspire your room:??King size approximate size is 78” inches?. To download this guide click Papek Sizing
Panoramic 36” x 72″

Panoramic 30” x 60”
Traditional 40” x 60”
Standard Sofa Size is 84”
Panoramic 36” x 72”

Panoramic 30” x 60”
Traditional 40” x 60”
Standard Fireplace 54″
Panoramic 25” x 50”
Panoramic 20” x 40”
Traditional 24” x 36”

Scott Papek is a self-taught Fine Art nature photographer who was born in Omaha, Nebraska, the current base of his gallery and business. Although his previous life in the music business first prompted the flow of his creative juices and took him to California, Scott eventually recognized his calling to an alternative outlet that permitted him to share his creativity through a camera lens.
Scott began a disciplined self-education in La Jolla, California, where he would rise early each morning, grab his camera, and head to capture the natural beauty of the coastal area into frequent inspiring reproductions. Occasional setbacks only seemed to motivate Scott, and nine months of persistent through-the-lens devotion was rewarded with his first gallery shot. Since then, Scott has been living a life of adventure, freedom, and fulfillment where he has made it his mission to mentor others to do the same.

When he is not spending time with his lovely wife and their young twins, Scott’s curiosity and drive to explore new places fuel his travels around the world where images await capture.
To read more about Scott or to view his images, visit

Fall color photography

Fall color photography

Scott Papek presents “Still Reflections”

Some people hunt animals, others hunt for bargains, and even more hunt for happiness. Scott, on the other hand, hunts to capture the beauty of nature. With a Massachusetts autumn comes misty, cool days: a perfect time to shoot. As Scott hiked into the Middle Reservoir, he was uncertain of what he would find ahead. Little did he know that he was about to step into one of the most spectacular scenes he has ever experienced. In this photo, Scott effectively captures a collaboration of mood and color that showcases New England’s stunning beauty as it is reflected in the stillness of the water. To buy click here

Mountain Shack

Montana Barns

While journeying on Highway 35 in Montana in June 2015, Scott was thrilled to find a rare treat approximately 100 miles south of Glacier National Park: an abandoned barn in the mountains. Within his photo that exquisitely captures living within the beauty of Earth and evokes curiosity about the personal stories of who built the barn and once lived nearby, Scott leaves it to your imagination to envision the scenery above the barn. The majestic mountain backdrop provides a gentle reminder about the power and beauty of nature. BUY NOW by clicking here.

bare wall

I was contacted by a lawyer’s office in Omaha looking to add some Zen to their space. They had two walls but were having a tough time narrowing down the selection from my portfolio. This happens pretty often and through trial and error I’ve came up with a pretty solid solution. Invite me to your office; let me interview you to find out what your goal is and who is your customer. This process can really narrow down the selection. I will snap a picture of your wall and create mockups so you can see what the completed installation will look like. I especially love the water series they chose for the conference room. Please contact the design team here

Give your space some love

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Delivering prints to collector’s home or business is such a highlight for me. How cool is the wavy wall. On the fence about a Papek print fitting in your home? Send a picture of your wall today! Our designer will supply a mockup so you can see just what it will look like. For a free consultation click here
Papek Gallery is located in the Westroads Mall in Omaha.