I was visiting a friend’s home recently and was so struck by the way her home enticed and welcomed and enveloped me! It’s not overly extravagant or perfectly decorated but it is so so welcoming! Her style is lovely and is a reflection of who she is and a treat to my five senses! It dawned on me that visiting her home is a sensory experience. And it impressed upon me just how important it is to decorate a home to speak to our senses!
Today, let’s think of ways to create a home that engages each of our five senses!
Decorating with sight in mind is the easiest of the five senses to explore and engage. Light, form, style, and color are a few ways to make our rooms look pleasing. The best rooms incorporate heights and textures too so our eyes dance around the room looking from one thing to another.
A room that has a sense of “movement” is a room that seems inviting. It’s important to express your own personality and personal style in the rooms you create. Can people see YOU when they see your home? If you don’t love a piece of furniture, don’t live with it the way it is. Cover it, paint it, consign it. Create a home that looks like YOU live there. Make it a comfortable, personal feast for your eyes.
Decorate so that people just have to touch something in your room! Think texture! Rough, smooth, shiny, silky, furry, bumpy, burnished, rugged… and more!
Most people won’t really touch things in your home, but their eyes will. Our eyes can “feel” texture and are drawn to it! Make sure you have a mix of textures to draw people into a room.
I have a very acute sense of smell. I often think I should have been a “nose” for a perfumery. Did you know that memories are made by aromas? I can still remember the smell of my grandmother’s basement. For some reason I loved that smell… it felt warm and cozy, not musty at all!
What aromas can you still conjure up from your past? I’m sure you carry a memory for that smell! For good or bad our sense of smell is strongly connected to our feelings!
It only makes sense (No pun intended) to fill our homes with memory making aromas. But just a caution, use a little restraint. Don’t overpower your home with scents! Just like perfume, a dab will do!
I am a huge fan of organic oils in defusers. They smell “real” and have no harmful chemicals in them. My favorite are Young Living Oils in Purification and Thieves.
I also love to simmer a mix of citrus and spices on the stove, especially during the fall and through Christmas. My son can tell what time of the year it is by the aromas simmering in our home.
You might like to make these seasonal simmering potpourri…
Let’s state the obvious… music is the best way to bring the sense of sound to your home. It’s also a very strong mood setter. When I’m cleaning I want loud and upbeat and fast paced music to get me moving. When I’m dining that fast music would probably give me indigestion! I am a classical music lover so when I am at home alone I’ll play the music I love best. My husband loves head-banging rock and country music. When he is working on a home diy project our house is filled with his favorites.
Music is very very powerful! Use it to set the atmosphere in your home.
Much more subtle, is the use of furniture and rugs to muffle unwanted sounds like that hollow sound of a room without many soft furnishings or clackity-clack sounds of shoes on a hard floor.
Other sounds that ring a welcome tone are wind chimes (you either love them or hate them), moving water and fountains.
When it comes to decorating we sense “taste” differently. A bowl of lemons or apples will bring a bright pop of color to a room but also rev up our taste buds! Our kitchen should be a prime area for tasting things with our eyes. A jar of cookies, a bowl of just picked cherries or a loaf of bread will work wonders on our sense of taste.
Don’t forget to enjoy a bowl of chocolates or a glass of tea or a great cup of coffee. These yummy treats will awaken and delight our sense of taste!
The way we experience our homes through our senses is important to the overall welcoming and comfortable feel we get when we walk in our front door. These are deep primal sensory observations that may not overtly be noticed, but our senses play a very important part in how we feel and interact in our homes.
Make your home a sensory delight to live in! One that represents YOU!
Please share… what are some ways you play to the senses in your home?
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