Want to Lose Weight? Eat From a Blue Plate.

Would you like to know more about how your living space affects how you feel and what design features are suited to your personality? Here are some tidbits from Place Advantage: Applied Psychology for Interior Architecture by Sally Augustin, PhD:

  • When people around the world are asked to name their favorite color, blue wins. Yellow comes in last, right after orange.
  • Studies have found blue plates and lights to decrease people's appetites.
  • A straight horizontal line (think: top edge of a table) tends to be calming. However, multiple horizontal lines in a room make us tense.
  • Extroverts tend to use more couches in their living rooms while introverts may favor movable seats.
  • Extroverts prefer open floor plans with fewer walls while introverts may prefer living spaces that are more divided.
  • If you've taken the Myers-Briggs personality test, you are either a "judger" (a planner, concerned about living an organized life) or a "perceiver" (an improviser, prefering to live more spontaneously). In general, planners like spaces that assist with organization & efficiency. Improvisers generally have more casual, original, lighthearted spaces. Since improvisers may not be naturally organized, they keep physical reminders. So in their spaces, they may need white boards, magnet boards, counter space for piles and space for the stuff they keep.
  • A classic study found that people who feel in control of their destiny prefer straight lines in their space while people who feel they are controlled by fate prefer more curved lines (We have nothing but straight lines in our house. Can you say control freaks?).
  • Your floors should be a darker color than your walls, which should be darker than your ceiling. This reflects the order of nature - darker soil and lighter sky.
  • Of all types of light, we like dappled light (like sunlight shining through a tree) the best and find it soothing (This light looks great in photographs).
  • Light comes in warm and cool colors. You can look at the Kelvin units on your light bulbs.  5000K (sunlight at noon) tends to be neutral. Lower K is warmer, higher K is cooler. Candlelight (1000-2000K) is warm. Shade or very overcast sky (9000-10,000K) is cool. We tend to be more relaxed in warm light and more alert in cool light. In cool artificial light, we tend to experience more stress than in warm artificial light.

The recipe for this super easy, spiced chicken is in my December newsletter. You can serve it on a blue plate. :)

Photos by Geoff Captain