The Salon del Mobile exhibit highlights the fact that people can’t always be trusted to know what truly helps them relax. Just think about how many interiors you’ve seen and thought, “Wow, how beautiful, I would love to live there!” Then think about how many of those interiors would have really suited your lifestyle and needs. That disconnect, between what we like to look at and what we want to live like, can make cozy designs tricky to figure out.
The core challenge for interior designers is learning how well the client knows themselves and guiding them accordingly. The consultation phase becomes particularly important. It's the best opportunity for a designer to gather insight about the people and spaces they're working with. And specifically when it comes to cozy design, it's the best opportunity to redirect the client if their wants and needs aren't in effective alignment.
But how should you direct a client when the name of the game is comfort and relaxation? Let's take a look at what the studies say about evoking the relaxation, happiness and warm feelings that make up coziness.