New Décor for the New Year

10 New Pieces to Snag Right Away



A new year makes a great excuse to add some new décor to your collection.

Whether you’re looking for new bedding, furniture, or artwork, we have you covered. At James Décor, we have recently added several new items to our floor. To see it all, you’ll just have to come in and check it out for yourself.

Until then, here are 10 of our newest additions to give you a taste:


1. Turn your bedroom into a relaxing seaside escape with this seafoam bedding. I can hear the soft waves rolling onto the gray sand even now. From the Charmeuse Collection by Ann Gish, this luxurious bedding set would be a great new addition for your home.


2. This fur throw blanket from Paul Robert makes me want to go curl up on the couch right away. Soft and thick, it’s sure to keep you warm on the coldest of winter days.


3. Greenery is all the rage right now. This faux plant could easily be mistaken for the real thing. Add a refreshing pop of the outdoors to your home. We have several different varieties of succulents and other plants.


4. This artwork from John-Richard would make a great conversation piece. Bold and colorful, everyone will wonder about the story behind the girl in the big hat.


5. The Zeina candleholder from Uttermost is also a great statement piece. For those wanting to add a modern touch to their homes, this would be a great choice.


6. From Century, the Adler chair would be a classy addition to any home. The Art Deco style takes you back to the roaring twenties, and the luxurious royal blue velvet is reminiscent of The Great Gatsby. There’s no doubt that this is a timeless piece.


7. This artwork from John-Richard features the marbleized texture which is currently taking the world by storm. Its rich color palette is one you might experience on a moonlit walk. Add depth and texture to your home with this beautiful art.


8. For an empty cocktail table or bookshelf, this decorative bowl would be the perfect touch. The swirling blue shades could be found in the Caribbean. Reminiscent of a souvenir you might pick up on a tropical vacation, this bowl adds a pop of the deep blue sea.


9. You’ve probably seen this chair before. We can’t get over our new Comfort Air recliners from American Leather. They feature unbeatable comfort and style. The real leather that comes in a variety of color options is the icing on the cake.


10. This original artwork looks like something taken straight from an art museum. It would be perfect for a modern home. The bright colors add interest and warmth.

As you can see, James Décor is brimming with beautiful new pieces. Be sure to come by and check it all out.

It’s a new year, and your home deserves some new additions.

Michaela Satterfield

James Décor Writer

Photos: Michaela Satterfield

Getting Organized in the New Year

10 Tips to Declutter Your Home

Ah, 2019. A new year. A fresh start. We rang it in, and now it’s time to start thinking about those resolutions.

It’s up to you to make this year even better than the last.

Maybe you’re thinking about hitting the gym more, eating healthier, or procrastinating less. These are all great ways to improve yourself, but what about improving your home? You would be surprised to find out how much the space you spend your time in affects you.

That’s why you should add one more resolution to your list: decluttering your home.

Out with the old and in with the new—it’s time to toss all the extra stuff that built up over the past year.

Here are 10 tips for decluttering your home:

1. While it may be tempting to run out and buy a bunch of new containers, baskets, and shelves before you start organizing, consider organizing before you buy. Then, you’ll know exactly what you need to fit your stuff and space. This will save both time and money.

2. Take baby steps. Organizing the entire house in one day sounds nice, but it isn’t realistic. Setting unreachable goals can lead to burnout and giving up altogether. The solution? Take it one step at a time. An example of a small goal is organizing one room a week.

3. Another way to do this? Set a time limit. For example, you could make it your goal to declutter for just five minutes a day. That’s the amount of time it takes to make a cup of tea or a bag of popcorn. It’s a piece of cake, and the little things add up.

4. You could also simply get rid of one item a day. Donate it, give it to a friend, or throw it away if it no longer has any value. It may not seem like much, but by the end of the year, you’ll have 365 less items taking up your space.

5. One space I find the most difficult to declutter is my closet. Are you in the same boat? Oprah Winfrey once gave this great tip: hang everything in your closet backwards. Then, when you wear something, flip it around the right way. Do this for about six months. When you’re done, it will be easy to see what you still use and what needs to go.

6. Get some perspective. Try viewing the spaces in your home as different people. For example, what would you want to keep and get rid of if you had your boss over? Your grandma? A toddler? This strategy helps you to notice things that need to be organized that you might not have otherwise noticed.

7. Ask yourself unique questions about your stuff to gain a new perspective. For example, how much would you pay for an item if you were buying it today? Or, would you consider this item to be one of your favorite things? Questions like these help you to gauge the value of your clutter.

8. Don’t be afraid to keep a junk drawer. Even though it may be cluttered, it’s a lot easier to get rid of the clutter if it’s all in one spot. It’s worth it to sacrifice one drawer in order to declutter the rest of your house. Pile it up, but don’t forget to go through it every once in a while too.

9. Once you’re done decluttering, keep in mind that the job is never really done. Don’t be discouraged when the clutter starts to creep up again in another month or so. It means you’re human. The work wasn’t all in vain— now, you have an efficient system in place to organize everything in the future.

10. Going into the future, set some standards for what you allow into your home. Make sure that the things you buy are high quality and serve a purpose. If not, you’ll risk the things you buy turning into clutter in a matter of months.

Benjamin Franklin wisely once said, “For every minute spent in organizing, an hour is earned.” What better way to make this year the best one yet than to give yourself more time to enjoy it? This new year, make a resolution to start decluttering your home.

Michaela Satterfield

James Décor Writer


Step into Your Comfort Zone

Our New Comfort Air Recliners from American Leather

Photo: Comfort Air  Pileus

Photo: Comfort Air Pileus

It didn’t take long to figure out that our new Comfort Air recliners were going to be a hit. Come in and take a seat. You’ll see why we decided to write a whole blog post about them.

While recliners tend to be big and bulky, these are the perfect size. Even so, they’re just as comfortable as those bigger recliners, providing support right where you need it and ease getting in and out. Take a deep breath of the real leather smell, and only one word comes to mind: quality.

It’s no wonder, as quality is the linchpin of their creator, American Leather. James Décor is a proud retailer of the brand.

Photo: Comfort Air  Cirrus

Photo: Comfort Air Cirrus

American Leather was founded upon the idea of providing quality, custom furniture in a shockingly fast amount of time—30 days or less.

Since every piece is made to order, there are countless options for leathers, fabrics, and furniture types.

Take a step into their factory and you’ll see that there is something different about this company. The factory, located in Dallas, Texas, is a whopping 350,000 square feet. It has even been called the most modern factory in the country. This is largely due to the company’s use of advanced technology.

Each furniture order starts as a drawing rendered on a computer by the design team. After that, the design is sent to the engineering department, which makes sure the design will physically work.

Next, the manufacturing begins. Computerized cutting tools allow for precise manufacturing, to the thousandth of an inch.



If the piece of furniture is going to be leather, it goes to the leather nesting department. As would be expected, American Leather boasts of one of the largest leather inventories in the country. The vast quantity does not mean they skimp on quality, either. Leather is selected from the top 10% of leather hides in the world.

In the leather nesting department, the sewing patterns for the furniture are mapped out on the leather hides. This reduces waste and ensures that the best parts of the leather are used for the piece. After this, computerized cutting machines cut out the patterns before assembling the furniture.  

As the icing on the cake, American Leather takes pride in the visual appearance of their factory. They strive to keep the factory a clean, pleasant place to work.

This company is clearly hard to beat. Don’t just take our word for it, though. Come in and try the revolutionary Comfort Air recliners for yourself.

Take a break and step into your comfort zone.


Michaela Satterfield

James Décor Intern

Photo: Comfort Air  Pileus

Photo: Comfort Air Pileus



Gift Shopping Made Simple

8 Ideas for Everyone on Your List


Have you started Christmas shopping?

December is here, and it’s officially time for Santa to start loading his sleigh and you to start loading up on gifts!

You probably won’t want to pick out a new sofa or area rug for anyone on your list, but did you know James Décor has a great selection of smaller items perfect for gift giving?

Here are 8 gifts you’ll want to snag right away:

1. Branche Charmeuse Pillowcase


For the beauty queen on your list, this pillowcase would be perfect. It’s made of luxurious silk, and even promotes skin and hair health. No more rough cotton to break hair and leave behind sleep lines. The pillowcase comes in a variety of colors, including blush, white, and crème.

2. Branche Kiki Slides


Your feet will be stepping into the living room in style on Christmas morning with these slippers. They feature comfortable soles, and come in several shades of fur.

3. Beatriz Ball Tableware

For the hosts on your list, these aluminum serving dishes from Beatriz Ball would be ideal. They are both beautiful and durable. You would never guess based on looks alone, but these dishes are designed to hold up through many parties and events.

4. Nourison Plush Animals


Don’t forget about the little ones! Our adorable animals from Nourison’s Plush Collection would be the perfect furry friend to add to their collection. We have unicorns, sheep, and several other options.

5.  Darzzi Baby Collection


What about the babies on your list? We have gifts for them too! Pick up one of our super soft Darzzi baby blankets, featuring charming animal prints. Or, we have the cutest hand knitted animal-shaped rattles.

6. Windwood Farm Soap


You’ll probably catch a whiff of these luxurious soaps from all the way across the store. They smell amazing, and would make great stocking stuffers. Will the Jasmine Night, Lavender, Oatmeal and Honey, or another scent be your favorite? Available in a variety of scents, you’re certain to find one to suit your preference.  

7. Sferra Throws


Need something for the person that has everything? Anyone could use a cozy new throw blanket. Our line, Sferra, offers them in endless colors and patterns.

8. Accessories


If you know someone’s style well enough, another idea is to give them an accessory to accent their home. Succulents are all the rage right now, and we have several on the floor that would make the perfect gift for anyone looking to keep up with the latest decorating trends.

It’s time to stop stressing and come by James Décor to start checking off your gift list.

You’ll be relaxing by the fire, all your gifts wrapped and ready to go, in no time.

Michaela Satterfield

James Décor Intern

Photos: Michaela Satterfield

The Great Debate

Contemporary vs. Traditional Design

Coke or Pepsi? iPhones or Androids? Cats or dogs?

These hot debates never seem to reach a conclusion.

While there are thousands of styles out there, there is perhaps no greater debate than between these two styles: contemporary and traditional.

Similar to people’s preferences for certain phone brands or pets, most tend to side strongly with one style over the other. Contemporary style is shiny and new— a breath of fresh air. Traditional style, on the other hand, is timeless, and its mark on the interior design world won’t be fading anytime soon. At James Décor, we offer a selection of both styles to suit all different tastes.

What makes the two styles so different? Let’s take a look, so you can decide whose side you’re on.

A fundamental difference between contemporary and traditional interiors is that contemporary design places emphasis on space, while traditional design places emphasis on things.

The adage “less is more” could be used to describe contemporary style. This style emphasizes light and the absence of clutter. You’ll find mainly neutral colors in contemporary interiors, although pale or bright colors may be used sparingly. One trademark of this style is bold lines, which can be seen in geometric shapes and color blocks.

Furniture is typically simple and unornamented. Texture can be used to add some interest, but only on occasion. Common textures in contemporary design include wood grains, fur, and natural fibers, like cotton or silk. Flooring can be wood, tile, or vinyl. Carpet is only to be used if necessary for acoustics or other reasons.

Spotlights are common to highlight a significant piece of artwork or accent wall. Artwork and accessories are used sparsely. Bold, large pieces are common, rather than several smaller ones.

Large plants are also popular in contemporary interiors.

Photo: Traditional interior, from

Photo: Traditional interior, from

The traditional style is familiar to most, filling up furniture catalogs and showrooms. It is likely to be a style you grew up with in your own home, or perhaps your grandparents’ home. It’s no wonder this style is so cozy and comforting.  

In one word, traditional design could be described as predictable. It is orderly, and commonly symmetrical. You won’t find anything that stands out. Everything will match.

Photo: Traditional living room, from

Photo: Traditional living room, from

Colors are typically not very bright or very pale. Tones come from the middle of the road. Line is used softly, rather than boldly, and you’ll find a mix of vertical and horizontal lines. Fabrics frequently feature small patterns like florals, stripes, and plaids.

Flooring could be hardwood, but carpet and rugs are also common. Furniture consists of soft textures and forms.

Lamps, books, plants, china, and framed prints are common accessories.

Whether you prefer the simplicity of contemporary design or the comfort of traditional design, it’s clear that each style has an appeal in its own right.

We’ll just have to agree to disagree.


Michaela Satterfield

James Décor Intern



In Good Taste

Dining Room Inspiration from Our Portfolio

With the holiday season around the corner, there are plenty of dinners in the dining room in store.

While the kitchen may be used for haphazard meals in between school and work, the dining room is reserved for those meals for which you really want to slow down and enjoy. It is a space for gathering around the table to share food, as well as stories. The dining room is perhaps the most elegant, refined room of the house.

If you are looking to update your dining room, our designers know just how to design them. Whether you need new furniture, new wall coverings, or a complete transformation, we’ll have you dining in style.

Here are three dining rooms from our portfolio, and what makes the designs work.

Photo: By James Décor

Photo: By James Décor

James Décor designed this dining room in October 2017, part of a residential project in South Carolina.

The room has an aura of grandeur, but feels cozy and welcoming at the same time. This is accomplished by the low-hanging chandelier, which brings the room to an approachable scale, despite the magnificent, tall windows.

Drapes hung above the windows make the ceiling looks miles high. Their lively pattern adds a pop of interest to the space.

The dark wood dining table adds richness to the otherwise light neutral room. The cream dining chairs are tied together with the table by the area rug, which features a mix of light and dark neutrals.

The ceramic accessories used as a centerpiece add the missing touch to the space.

There’s no doubt that dining in this beautiful room while overlooking the marshy, green South Carolina landscape will lead to some memorable dinners.

Photo: By James Décor

Photo: By James Décor

James Décor designed this dining room in September 2017. It was part of a Springfield, Missouri residential project.

The glam space looks like it was taken right from the home of a movie star with its striking chandelier and elegant furniture.

Grey walls serve as a neutral backdrop that makes the furniture and accessories pop.

The stunning crystal chandelier steals the show as the focal point of the room.

A rich raspberry hue, adorning the area rug, adds interest to the otherwise neutral room. The accessories of the same color, featured on the sideboard, tie the area rug into the space.

The simple mirror opens up the space, making it appear larger.

The black table is bold enough to stand without accessories. The contrasting black and white, contributed by the dining table and chairs, is reminiscent of old Hollywood.  

This dining room will make the perfect gathering place for all kinds of important people.

Photo: By James Décor

Photo: By James Décor

This dining room was also part of the October 2017 South Carolina residential project.

The creamy white walls, trim, and area rug are balanced with rich, dark browns. The simplicity of the walls and rug leaves room for the intricate mirror and chandelier.

Bold dining chair backs serve as a conversation starter. The dark brown also matches the dark wood of the table and sideboard.

Candlesticks, a bowl, and ceramic pieces accent the room well.

The warm lighting provided by the wall sconces completes the space, which is sure to be the setting of many cozy dinners.

It’s easy to see what makes these well-designed dining rooms work.

Use this dining room inspiration as a starting point for deciding what your own dining room should look like. Will it be traditional, contemporary, cozy, or glamorous like these rooms? The choice is up to you, but make sure you don’t overlook this important space in the house.

Whether designing the dining room or planning the menu, the key is good taste.


Michaela Satterfield

James Décor Intern

Hospitality for the Holidays

10 Tips to Prepare Your Home for the Upcoming Season

As soon as the Halloween costumes were put away, it seems like the Christmas trees instantly went up. It’s that time of year again!

If you’re anything like me, you think it’s still a little too soon for the Christmas décor to come out. I mean, we can’t forget about Thanksgiving—which means more pumpkins and gourds. Fall isn’t over just yet. Although, I’m all for getting the Christmas shopping started early. Those last minute gift runs are stressful!

Regardless, the upcoming holiday season means one thing for your home: lots of guests. Dinner guests, neighbors popping by, overnight out-of-towners… you name it. It’s called the most wonderful time of the year for a reason. Nevertheless, constantly having people in your home can cause even the most relaxed among us some stress.

Never fear, though, you’ll be ready!

Here are 10 tips to prepare your home for the holiday season:

  1. Make your home smell amazing. This is easy to pull off, and the way your home smells has a significant impact on the impression it leaves. Realtors keep this in mind when trying to sell houses. Candles or wall plug-ins will do the trick, or try this: Put two full caps of vanilla extract in a mug, then place in the oven at 300 degrees for one hour. It’s a surefire way to make the house smell great.

  2. Organize the bathroom to make things easy to find. There’s nothing worse than having to ask where the toilet paper is stored. Set out some extra toilet paper, as well as soap, tissues, and any other amenities your guests may need. At James Décor, we carry a line of soap that would be perfect for your guests.

  3. Check furniture for nicks and dings. If you find one, grab a touch-up kit to cover them up. You can find kits with markers in several shades to match a variety of finishes. Another trick is to fill in small cracks with crayon wax. Don’t overlook these minor imperfections—it’s all in the details.

  4. Try setting up a leftovers station. Gather some inexpensive plastic containers and bags, then fill them with leftover food for guests to take home. Label them with your guests’ names. It’s the easiest way to get rid of all that extra food, so nothing gets wasted.

  5. For overnight guests, keep extra toiletries in stock in case they forget something. Shampoo, face wash, lotion, and toothbrushes are all good things to keep on hand.

  6. Prepare for a wide range of temperature preferences. Guests may wake up cold or hot and not want to wake you, so get ahead of the game. Set out extra blankets, a heater, and a fan.

  7. Leave a notebook with important information you’ll need to communicate to your overnight guests on the nightstand. This could include the wifi password or any alarm codes they may need to know. This will save extra time exchanging information.

  8. Set out a key on a noticeable keychain for your guests to borrow during their stay. This will make them feel welcome to come and go as they please.

  9. Unclutter the area where your guests will be staying. Whether they get a whole room or a corner, make your guests feel like they belong by clearing out the area they will be staying in. This is a no-brainer, but something that can be easy to forget when your holiday to-do list is endless.

  10. Leave out some food and snacks for your guests in the morning, as breakfast is often overlooked with dinner stealing the show. Don’t forget to keep all the staples on hand—even the ones you may not usually use. Coffee, tea, cereal, and fruit are all good choices.

These 10 simple tips will get you started on preparing your home for the holidays. Most importantly, though, don’t forget to relax and enjoy this time of the year. There’s nothing better than a house full of ringing laughter, the smell of turkey, and plenty of guests gathered around to make new memories.

The house doesn’t have to be perfect for your guests to feel right at home.


Michaela Satterfield

James Décor Intern


Interior Design Pioneers

Elsie de Wolfe, Dorothy Draper, and James Decor

It’s easy to get caught up in the here and now, without regard for the past or future. Sometimes, though, it’s nice to slow down and reflect on times past. I’ve often found myself thinking about interior design and wondering, how did it all begin?

James Décor, born in 1946, was Springfield, Missouri’s first design firm. The forties were a notable time in history—World War II reached an end, Roosevelt was in office, and Casablanca was on the big screen. According to The People History, the average cost of a house was only $5,600.

Times have certainly changed since then, but the interior design field continues to have a big presence in Springfield.  This all leaves me wondering, when did the field of interior design itself originate, before it made it to Springfield?  

Rewind to 1904—just 42 years before James Décor was started.

A now complex and ever-changing field, which typically requires an education and plenty of experience to enter into, all began with the interior decorators of the early 1900s. According to the Interior Designers for Legislation in New York, the term “interior decorator” was first coined in 1904. A lady by the name of Elsie de Wolfe earned the first interior decorator commission ever the following year. Several years later, in 1923, the first professional design firm was started by the famous Dorothy Draper. It was the work of de Wolfe and Draper that helped establish the profession forever.

Photo: Elsie de Wolfe, from

According to the Architectural Digest, Elsie de Wolfe, a prominent member of New York society, was an actress in the 1890s. Her theater work established her reputation as a set designer and costume designer. In fact, she was more popular for the costumes she wore than her acting. It was rare for a performer to choose their own wardrobe, but de Wolfe earned the privilege with her growing design skills.

The Encyclopedia Britannica states that Stanford White, an architect, was the man who helped de Wolfe land her first design commission. The job? New York’s first social club for women, located on Madison and 31st Street.  After its opening, her design work was the talk of the town—bringing in a cascade of new clients for the aspiring designer.

She published her book, The House in Good Taste, a few years later. This book began setting some standards on interior design. De Wolfe’s light, airy style created a whole new trend. Her designs were in stark contrast to the dark, stuffy Victorian interiors popular in the day.

Photo: A design by de Wolfe, from

Photo: A design by de Wolfe, from

Another designer popular for swimming against the current with her style soon entered the scene—Dorothy Draper.

Her website, simply called Dorothy Draper, reveals that she was the first to begin professionalizing the industry. In 1923, she started the Dorothy Draper and Company design firm. The work she did was groundbreaking, not only because the industry wasn’t organized at the time, but because it was so difficult for women to enter the business world.

Draper is known as the first recognized commercial interior decorator. She designed theaters, department stores, offices, and restaurants. She even designed planes and cars, introducing a pink polka dot truck to her line for Chrysler. One of her most popular projects was the restaurant of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, nicknamed the “Dorotheum.”

Her design firm stood the test of time—it is still around today, and accepting clients.

With their sophisticated tastes and lifestyles, de Wolfe and Draper formed the glamorous aura still surrounding the field of interior design today. What began as a couple of independent decorators has evolved into a complex industry with an endless variety of specialties. It was not without plenty of hard work that de Wolfe, Draper, and many others brought the field to what it is today.

James Décor gets to put its mark on the timeline of interior design history as the first to introduce Springfield, Missouri to the business in 1946.

Interior design is an industry that has stood the test of time thus far, and there is no doubt that it will continue to go down in history.

As we all know, good design is timeless.


Michaela Satterfield

James Décor Intern

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Coming Up: Events You Won't Want to Miss

Photo: A showroom at the spring 2018 High Point Market, by Michaela Satterfield.

Photo: A showroom at the spring 2018 High Point Market, by Michaela Satterfield.

The fall/winter market season is officially upon us! This weekend, James Décor is headed to the semiannual High Point Market in North Carolina. Known as the largest furnishings trade show in the world, the market will be held October 13-17 this year. There are around 75,000 attendees each spring and fall. Over 100 companies are represented in the whopping 11.5 million square feet of showroom area. The event is open to the industry only.

Check it out:

Another event you’ll definitely want to check out is Design Miami in Florida. Preview day, December 4, is for invitees only, but the market is open to the public from December 5-9, 2018. Called the “global forum for design,” Design Miami features plenty of exhibitions, as well as seminars on design, art, fashion, and architecture.

Check it out:

Located in Atlanta, Georgia, AmericasMart is home to many year-round exhibitors. You’ll find even more showrooms open at the markets. The Atlanta International Gift & Home Furnishings Market will take place January 8-15, 2019. It consists of 7 million square feet of showrooms. You’ll also find plenty of networking events and seminars.  

Check it out:

Photo: Rug showroom, by Michaela Satterfield.

Photo: Rug showroom, by Michaela Satterfield.

The Dallas Total Home and Gift Market in Texas comes next. Open from January 16-22, 2019, you’ll find a plethora of home décor and lighting, as well as accessories and gifts. Dallas is home to an interior design center year-round, which takes up over 200,000 square feet. The seasonal market here features even more showrooms to connect retailers and manufacturers.

Check it out:

To wrap up this market season, you’ll definitely want to visit the Las Vegas Market January 27-31, 2019. This market is the primary home furnishings market in the West, and boasts of its relaxed “West Coast vibe.” There are over 4,000 exhibitors featured. The large bedding exhibit is especially notable. The Las Vegas Market is also known for being “focused on the customer experience.” The hospitality at this market is second to none.

Check it out:

There’s nothing like strolling through endless showrooms of the newest furniture trends to get your design creativity flowing. It’s the best way to dive right into the world of interior design. These markets are events you won’t want to miss.


Michaela Satterfield

James Décor Intern



The Psychology of Interior Design



Imagine your home, your workplace, your school. The store, the doctor’s office, the bank—places you frequent each and every day. Can you recall the color of the walls? The fabric of the chairs? The location of the windows? The environments we live our lives in frequently go unnoticed. Yet they are always humming in the background, affecting everything from the way we feel to the way we interact with others.

They are the backdrops of our lives.    

Interior designers are educated to keep many different design aspects in mind as they specify and space plan. Whether we realize it or not, the design of the spaces we inhabit has a big impact on us—either good or bad. How? Let’s take a look.

1.       Color

Color psychology is a concept frequently utilized by advertisers. Think about any given fast food restaurant’s logo. What color is it? I don’t know which restaurant you thought of, and yet I’m willing to bet its logo features the color red. Why? Red is a color frequently associated with causing hunger. It also catches attention and invokes excitement—all things a fast food restaurant is looking to achieve with its logo.

According to Will Erstad, author of “The Graphic Designer’s Guide to the Psychology of Color,” every color appeals to certain emotions. Yellow is known to produce happy and excited feelings, while blue is frequently associated with sad and calm feelings.  Green is known to make people feel calm and connected to others. Purple is mysterious and linked to wealth, or royalty. The colors in our environment clearly make a difference in the way we feel.



2.       Light

Aside from the color of the walls or furniture in an environment, the lighting in the room also has an impact on the people in it. Think about how you feel on a sunny day, versus how you feel on a cloudy day. I don’t know about you, but I feel more positive and energetic on a sunny day, while I feel more calm and subdued on a cloudy day.

In her article on Huffington Post, author Amanda L. Chan explains that intensity of light correlates with intensity of emotion. So, if a person is in a brighter room, they tend to feel their emotions more strongly. Research backs up the claim. In a study, participants tended to desire spicier food the brighter the light was. They also found other people to be more attractive in brighter light. In dimmer light, participants did not experience these emotions as strongly. Whether it be from the windows or the light fixtures, the presence of light in a room has the power to change our moods.

3.       Texture

While the effects of color and light in an environment may be obvious, did you know that even the textures in a space can affect your mood? Imagine a soft, fluffy sofa complete with a fuzzy blanket at your home. Now, imagine cold, slick tile floors and a stiff bed with a scratchy blanket at a hospital. I only used textures to describe the scenes, and yet one is clearly more appealing than the other.

In an article featured on Psychology Today, author Ingrid Fetell discusses the subject. Research shows that people who are experiencing negative emotions crave soft textures. People experiencing positive emotions, on the other hand, don’t pay attention to texture. They are more likely to notice things like color. For example, participants in a study would choose a hand lotion based on the smoothness of it if they were sad. If they were happy, they would select one based on other factors, like how it looked. On top of this, soft or smooth textures can lead to feelings of comfort and relaxation, while hard or rough textures can lead to feelings of formality and stiffness.


4.       Space planning

Not only does the color, light, and texture of a room have an impact on its occupants. There is psychology behind how it is all arranged, as well. A great example is a traditional office space. You may picture rows and rows of boring cubicles. Now, picture a big, open room filled with desks that have plenty of room to breathe. There are conference tables in the open area to promote collaboration, as well as smooth flowing traffic patterns. Which office do you want to work in?

Research suggests that the size of a room can impact creative thinking, according to Jon Bradshaw, author of “The Psychology of Space Part 1.” The higher the ceiling and more open the room, the more likely people are to think freely and creatively. It is possible, however, for a room to be too big. A room designed for 500 people will make a group of only 100 people feel insecure and discouraged to interact. People also find rooms that are curvilinear to be more appealing than purely rectangular ones.


Our environments—composed of color, light and texture, all arranged in specific ways—clearly make an impact on how we live and what we experience. While they go unnoticed, their significance is undeniable.

Without the backdrop, after all, there would be no show.

Michaela Satterfield

James Décor Intern





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