“Kim has an intuitive way of working with people to help them make changes they weren’t able to imagine before.” Dr Bonnie Tauber, Clinical Psychologist


Interior Psychology Session | Healing Environments

Discover how your space can encourage you to find your voice, lesson your stress or enhance your sleep, mood and self-esteem.

Kim works from the inside to personalize suggestions that make you feel safe, nurtured and protected in your home.  

Interior Psychology is a system that allows you to foster an environment that supports inter-personal relationships and emotional well-being.

We all respond differently to styles, color combinations or floorpans. This unique session explores how your home can support a feeling of being loved, alive and confident in ways you had never thought of.

This work is empowers you, harmonizes couples with different sensibilities, calms overstimulated parents, and increases productivity in your work environment.

Interior Psychology | issues we address…

Suggestions are given to breathe new life into your space to positively affect your…

  • Relationship
  • Desire to manifest a relationship
  • Mood
  • Emotional Healing
  • Personal and career goals
  • Spiritual development
  • Sleep
  • Concentration
  • Stress or feeling overwhelmed
  • Feeling of being creatively stuck
  • Intimacy issues
  • Feeling of being disconnected to self
  • Depression
  • Self-esteem
  • Lack of joy define your style (a non-linear style — beyond a pinterest board!)

We consider aspects such as…

  • Introverted
  • Extroverted
  • Autistic
  • Creative
  • Left brain oriented
  • All aspects of your personality and special needs.

How do you know if this service is for you?

Do you have a complicated floor plan that feels cold?

Do you feel stressed when you are at home?

Could your home be a trigger for depression or anxiety?

How do you sleep in your bedroom?

Does your design support the sensibilities of each of you as a couple?

Do you feel overwhelmed or serene in your home?

Does your home capture your essence or is it pretty with no true personality?

 

What to expect

Kim will begin by delving into your needs and desires. You will be able to focus the session on yourself as an individual, a couple, family or corporate team. Here are a few examples of what this highly personalized session may include.

Find your Voice

Kim will guide you through a series of exercises that will explore types of styles, colors, things and design features that support you as an individual, couple, family or corporate team.

This way of working disrupts the Pinterest board as an inspiration. Kim looks to the internal life of her clients even when they may not be able to articulate what they want or need on their own.

Hidden Negative Triggers in your Space

Kim will read your space to empower you with a deeper awareness of the hidden triggers that exist in the space that may be effecting your relationship, sleep or emotional well-being.

Many clients have epiphanies as they become aware of how their environment has been such a deep influence on their inner world of thoughts, emotions, belief system and behavoir in ways they never would have been aware.

Support your Emotional Needs

Once you know where those triggers exist, Kim guides you through the implementation of her new ideas remedies athat will better support your emotional and spiritual needs.

Upon request she offers a printable psychological design blueprint that will outline the personalized plan you discussed during your session. 

Recommendations may include…

  • Lighting
  • Decorative plan
  • Design elements
  • How to re-use your existing space or things
  • What to remove
  • A more harmonious floorplan
  • Personalized colors (see Color Therapy)

Once you look at your space with these principles, you will never want to live or work in a space without this layer of thought.

You will be able to apply what you learn to …

  • your existing space
  • all future spaces

    What is Interior Psychology?

    Interior Psychology is a system that identifies where psychological patterns may exist in your space. It addresses how dynamics within your relationships, patterns that can hold you back may manifest as hidden triggers in your space that you may not be aware of.

    Interior Psychology offers recommendations to build a space that has a positive impact on more than one areas of your life. It helps you to connect more deeply to what brings you the most happiness in your life.

    This uniquely profound consultation can be a stand alone session to aquire information that will become the foundation to all decisions you make in your space. They may also be the first step in your interior design, feng shui or home refresh process.

    You will be able to build on this information and go deeper with it over time. 

    KIM COLWELL | interior psychology bio

    Kim’s life long study of the psychology of space began under the tutelage of her mother, Melinda Joy Miller. The techniques she developed as a sensory-motor integrative therapist became the backbone to the way Kim works. Where as her mother worked with her patient’s environments to impart a shift in their developmental process, Kim utilizes similar techniques to set up her client’s environment to support many aspects of their lives.

    Later, Kim joined her mother to expand on those techniques as a partner at her mother’s company Shambhalla Institute which was developed for the study and application of how environment directly impacts one’s quality of life.

    It was during college, at NYU, where she added new layers of perspective to this work. As a theater major, she delved into extensive study in psychology to understand interpersonal dynamics and body languauge through the lens of a character. She became fascinated with one particular set design class which was taught by costume designer William Ivy Long at Playwrights Horizon. He was the first to introduce the idea of how a set design in feel and in detail would vastly change based on the personality details of the character.

    Over the years she has extended her study to include classes on biophilic design (the study of how nature effects our mental and emotional state) and other teachers including environmental psychologist Dr Toby Isreal.

    For years Kim has incorporated Interior Psychology into her practice as an interior designer and feng shui consultant. This is the first time she has developed it as a stand alone service.

     

    Consultation | onsite or virtual

    Los Angeles Consultations: Onsite

    To book an interior psychology consultation with Kim Colwell for your home, office or commercial space please call us at 323.309.2945 or email hello@kimcolwelldesign.com

    What We Need | how to get started

    Book a consultation.  We’ll review your needs, answer questions and jump right into your space.

    Where We Work

    Kim is based in Los Angeles and currently conducting onsite visits in the greater SoCal area. Virtual consultations are available by Zoom and becoming increasingly popular for our growing global clientele. Request to travel is available pending location with additional hourly rate.

    Fees

    Kim’s rate is $250 / hour with a 1.5 hour minimum ($375 minimum). Most consultations are 2-4 hours.

    Interior Psychology Blueprints are available for an additional flat rate fee of $375.

    Get Started

    Email us to set up a complimentary 15 min chat with Kim.

    Testimonials

    Click here for reviews from our clients.

    CASE STUDIES

    Some clients know exactly what they want to get out of this session, where as others discover an agenda through the process of the exercises. There may be a different intention per room, per family member or per home.

    Every client need, sensibility, and desire is different. Here are a few examples of how we have applied Interior Psychology to some of our interior design projects.

    Case Study | design for depression

    CLIENT – A wonderful woman with a wish to re-invent her life and home. 

    DISCOVERED AGENDA | HEALING FROM THE OUTSIDE IN 

    I discovered that my client had been through a trauma from the loss of her husband and son. She felt stuck in her life and was surrounded by an environment that was cluttered with an excess of belongings that defined painful memories. Her decor had never fully reflected who she was. These aspects had a profound effect on her mental state and quality of life.

    My training in interior psychology allowed me to spot emotional clutter throughout her home. It became an important distinction to know if the space was set up in a way that it contributed to her depression or if the depression had manifested within her space.  If the home was the contributing factor, then we needed to change the sensibility of the home. However, if the depression was the promoting factor, then I would know the power of her sensibilities on the environment.

    The feel of the space was dark and stagnate. I began by exploring her personal goals and life patterns, while figuring out how light and air could circulate better throughout with a floorpan that would support more connectivity.

    This was my first interior design project. She has since come to speak at my lectures to share her story. I am forever grateful to be part of her journey and witness her profound inner transformation.

    Before + After | click arrow

    Case Study | design for Creatives

    CLIENT – Beautiful creative family, academy award nominated producer, Los Angeles

    CREATE A MODERN SACRED SPACE

    My intention was to give them a personal sense of place that would tap into their sub-conscious and foster the intimate feeling you get when standing in nature. 

    Additionally, I wished to…

    • Spark their imagination to inspire them creatively.
    • Calm their often overstimulated minds as parents.

    For this project I used many spiritual modalities that I grew up with such as sacred geometry, geomancy, and shamanic principles. 

    I thought of capturing the sun, moon and sky like they were another piece of art to work with.  Aware of how the natural light moved around the room, I created reflecting points such as the high gloss finish on our customized coffee table. Each detail examined how the natural elements could work in harmony.

     

    Before + After | click arrow

    Before + After | click arrow

    Case Study | design for couples with different sensibilities

    CLIENTS

    A family full of talent, award winning composer, producer, Hollywood Hills

    LIVING IN HARMONY AS A COUPLE

    My intention in working with a couple is always to explore where they are similar and what makes them special as individuals.

    I find that most couples when you dig deeper (including my own marriage!) have very different sensibilities. There are the ways that they overlap but it is important to understand the underlying nuances of each of their personality…even those aspects that may be opposing.

    Defining a style that makes each of them feel seen is one of the most exciting parts of my job. Interior psychology is a way to discover who each of them are on an innate level, even when only one of them wants to be more of a participant in the design process.

    This work becomes a blueprint which drives the interior design decisions in a way that I can capture what makes them unique as individuals while honoring their identity as a couple.

    When the home design is meaningful to each person it becomes one strong aspect of the support system I put in place for the intimacy of their relationship.

    When one person lives in the shadow of the other it can erode on the intimacy within the relationship.

    Dramatic Results | slide arrows to view before and after gallery 

    See how Kim has used interior psychology to develope a unique visual voice for each of her interior design clients below.

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