Evidence Based Design

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Lead paint and BPA, are examples of substances that were widely used before we learned about their negative health effects. Scientific research provided evidence to support the health risks we associate with these items today and lead the way to the restrictions. Research findings provide the foundation for environmental and public health regulations.

Similarly, evidence based design relies on research findings to make design decisions. Evidence based design is simply design guided by research. Through interdisciplinary effort scientists, psychologists and interior designers explore how the built environment affects humans. Interior designers are then able to use these findings to design spaces that promote healing and wellbeing.

The origin of evidence based design has been attributed to the healthcare industry, after a study conducted by Roger Ulrich in 1984, found that patients in rooms with views of natural scenery recovered faster than patients in rooms with no views. Currently, evidence based design applications have been expanded to the design of schools, work and retail environments, and even prison!

If you added plants in your home after reading about their air-purifying qualities; or If you selected a color palette that helped you feel serene; you have already applied evidence-based design in your home!

I’m curious, have you ever included an element on your home after learning or experiencing at first hand that it has a positive effect on you? Let me know in the comments below!