Design is everywhere and can elicit many feelings. Whether in a two-dimensional form such as a beautiful magazine cover or illustration or a three-dimensional idea such as a garden to walk through, properties of design do have healing qualities. Color, shape, and proportion are all important. Green and blue colors used in a botanical illustration can evoke a sense of wonder in our natural world and, the nurturing that happens with being a part of this world. Cancer centers have been known to use pastel or cooler colors for visualization of wellness. This in turn helps the patient’s therapy to work more effectively because their body and mind are more responsive to healing.
Designers understand all of the subtle psychological nuances of shape and color and use these to communicate a certain message effectively. Furniture designers innately understand that curves are welcoming and evoke a sense of whimsy while straight angles keep things orderly. In a room meant for relaxation, think of big comfortable chairs or overstuffed couches. If the room has been painted in calm hues such as sage green, this will add to the level of relaxation. A room like this is not only healing to your body, but healing to your mind. That is the healing quality of great design and illustration.Still bored? Click to continue: Breakfast Topic: Do you enjoy strategic healing?