Though a designed environment can be composed and ordered, a person chooses the order in which the experience happens. It gives the person both a sense of freedom and the enjoyment of curation.

Both orderly and disorderly environments have distinct effects on people, and distinct advantages. A 2013 study suggests that people are likely to behave in certain ways, depending on the apparent organization of the space around them. It showed that in orderly environments, people were likely to behave in healthy, generous, and conventional ways, and choose objects labeled as "classic". Disorderly spaces encouraged creativity and led people to choose objects labeled "new." Any of these behaviors could be beneficial, depending on the intent of the space. In either case, the designed environment can encourage behaviors and mindsets, while still giving people the freedom to compose their own experience.


Vohs, K. Redden, J., & Rahinel, R. (2013). Physical order produces healthy choices, generosity, and conventionality, whereas disorder produces creativity. Association of Psychological Science, 24(9), 1860-1867.