Rooms with too many or too few reflective surfaces, or too much or too little background noise can affect people’s moods and psyche.
Think of how cold and loud a conversation sounds in a hospital with tiled, reflective surfaces compared to how warm and soft a conversation sounds in a cinema with cushioned seats and walls (of course the purpose of the location has a significant effect on your mood too).
Think of how your mood changes in your office when a heavy construction machine starts up nearby. It is difficult to relax in such a space. Such unnatural-sounding rooms may also make speech difficult to understand, thereby affecting our ability and desire to communicate.
Every room needs to have the background noise under control to make the room fit-for-purpose.
The room should also respond acoustically with an appropriate amount of reverberation. For example, for good speech intelligibility in a classroom, the reverberation time should be less than a second. A classical music concert hall, on the other hand, needs reverberation times of 2-3 seconds to ensure a rich and warm listening experience.