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Spirituality

The Design Personality of Spirituality usually attracts those who possess a strong intuition and act according to their gut feelings. It is a design that is clean and minimalist, yet full of atmosphere that inspires, such that it can be described as both empty and full at the same time.

One of the foundations of Spirituality is the connection between space and light. Skylights achieve the desired effect, as do ceiling light fixtures that are hidden from direct view with only the rays they emit remaining visible. Avoiding clutter is also essential—use a limited number of forms, and practice restraint when choosing how many objects will populate the room.

Light from above cascades down a white staircase with a minimalist horizontal metal railing.
Architecture AAB. Jean Luc - photographer

Space

In designing a space that reflects Spirituality, we draw inspiration from places where we connect with the divine to create a personal sanctuary. It is important to maintain human proportions that are comfortable to the eye to avoid excessive grandeur.

Space and light are the most important components of your design, and the desired effect can be achieved using both natural and artificial illumination. Try to position skylights and light fixtures so they are out of sight, where only the light they emanate appears visible to the onlooker.

A simple wooden table and three round wicker cushions rest on a walnut floor with a tree branch resting in the corner as decoration.

Styling

Achieving Spirituality in a room is about practicing restraint and avoiding mess and clutter at all costs. An ascetic space, which is restricted in the number of forms and elements it contains creates room for our inner expression and inspiration to shine.  

Straight, rounded, or spiral shapes with vertical forms and upward direction are used to emphasize spirituality; use them selectively in patterns, textiles, wallpapers, and even in accessories such as candles and vases.


White candles and a book about happy life are neatly arranged on a gray table / tray.
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Evoking pleasant memories and emotions is a great way to cultivate inner connection. Place a picture, photograph, or decorative item that brings back a memory of peace and tranquility. Beside your personal memories, you can place neutral images which awaken spiritual inspiration—perhaps these are pictures of flowing or spiral-like elements, photos which incorporate rays of light, ritual-inspired art, or anything else that triggers your sense of spirit.

Two glass candlesticks rest on a wooden table in front of a picture of a young Buddhist monk in meditation.Two glass candlesticks rest on a wooden table in front of a picture of a young Buddhist monk in meditation.
Design Rachel Sela Photo Shay Adam

Transparent materials including glass, acrylic materials, light white fabrics (for curtains), and watery elements all emphasize the presence of light.  They create a pleasant atmosphere by reflecting, filtering, and refracting light, and this interplay can be further enhanced by combining colorful tinted glass. Materials in their natural state are highly recommended, as they add natural colors such as stoney beige, wood, and metallic silver and gold.

Color

Purples also speak Spirituality—from lilac, which softly opens up the room, to dark, deep purple, which connects us to the depths of our subconscious. In Eastern teachings, purple and white are the colors of the crown chakra, which is the basis of inspiration and our connection to the divine.

Other colors that can be used sparsely are orange, which radiates wavelengths that support the connection to our intuition, sky blue, which brings in purity and cleanliness, and very light sunshine yellow, which can enhance optimism.

White light design - a wicker chair with a padded seat against a white cotton curtain.

Materials

Spirituality is based on the connection to oneself and the relationship between man and nature, earth, and sky. Therefore the materials that are most suitable for this Design Personality are those closest to nature. Create a natural look by using flooring materials such as stone, marble, wood, and smooth concrete. Good materials for furniture and accessories can be clay, various types of wood, and combining wood with glass or metals such as iron, copper, brass, or stainless steel.

 An arrangement of flowers and dry branches rises from a marbled vase resting at the edge of a dark wooden table.

Since light is one of the foundations of the Design Personality of Spirituality, it is no surprise that white is one of its dominant colors. White is extremely sensitive to light, so warmer shades are better than cold white, which can feel alienating. Warm, white light that resembles the natural rays of the sun is known to lift the spirit and create an atmosphere of peace and joy.

Soft transparent white cloth window shades
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