The Psychology of Architectural Spaces

Psychology of Space 

Architectural psychology studies human interaction with our surroundings, including both artificial and natural sources such as buildings, pavements, tunnels, parks, ponds, and trees.

Architectural Psychology

Any space of architecture is governed by lighting, configuration, colours, scale, proportion, acoustic properties, and construction materials.


Colour is of utmost importance in environmental psychology. Different colours evoke different moods. For example, blue is often calming and relaxing; hence, used extensively in hospitals.


Natural light boosts mood, vitality, and reduces stress, while artificial illumination disrupts sleep cycles, causes headaches, and eye strain.


An individual’s well-being can also be impacted by their immediate space’s layout. Be it traffic or just furniture, they impact the feeling of comfort and mobility.

Construction Materials

Synthetic materials such as plastic or metal create a cold and sterile atmosphere. Natural materials like wood or stone generate warmth and comfort.

Design Elements

A poorly designed workstation can lead to stress, exhaustion, and burnout while a well-planned workspace can encourage productivity and creativity.