Complexity as a feature of interior design and place attachment

Taheri, Amirbahador
This study was done to investigate the effect of ornament or interior design features on place attachment. The ornament or design feature differed among conditions of having an interior design (or containing complex design) and not having any design (being plain and without ornamentation). And place attachment was defined as the extent to which one chooses a place to stay in when the place serves no practical function. The medium of experiment was the website “” that showed participants 48 pictures (24 pairs) each pair showed the same place with and without design elements and asked participants to rate their preference to spend their “leisure time” in the place that was shown in the pictures and their reaction times were measured. Participants also filled big five inventory (in English or Turkish) and selected their level of inclusion to nature among seven interconnected circles. The results show that people spend more time looking at complex pictures (with design condition) and rated those picture more in terms of preference to stay there. Moreover, ratings of complex pictures were significantly and positively correlated with openness to experience but only those items that were not reverse coded and were in Turkish. The findings of these findings are discussed from a stimulation perspective.
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A. Taheri, “Complexity as a feature of interior design and place attachment,” Thesis (M.S.) -- Thesis (M.S.) -- Graduate School of Social Sciences. Psychology., Middle East Technical University, 2019.