Our home is our sanctuary, and ensuring it’s a comfortable place to dwell is essential. If you desire that cozy feeling of “home sweet home,” it may be time to give your abode a sensory makeover, as tapping into all five senses when you decorate can really bring your home to life!
Most of us are familiar with the sense of sight, and this is usually the focus in many well-appointed homes. Paintings that express your personality with vivid colors and even special lighting can increase visual stimulation in any room. But what about the other four senses? Think about the difference a sweet aroma can make. What about the plush texture of a rug? The gurgle of running water from a decorative fountain can provide a room with incredible depth, not to mention how colorful candy displayed in a fancy bowl can be welcoming to the taste buds. Decorating to please all five senses will increase your overall sense of peace and can positively change the way you feel and interact with others in your home.
Sight is usually the most obvious when tapping into the five senses. A room with a sense of movement is often perceived as more interesting, and you can do this by engaging in different lighting patterns and colors. Try incorporating object placement and varying heights to provide your eyes with a visual variety. This will increase the illusion of movement. You may also want to explore different patterns, forms, and styles. Think about how you can express your personal style when embellishing a room.
When you consider the sense of touch, imagine how different fabrics can make a room more interesting. There’s something exciting about playing with new textures, whether it’s a decorative object or a throw rug. Experiment with the sense of touch. Display your individuality in a room with bumpy, furry, silky, rough, smooth, or shiny, or combine them to add even more diversity. Everything, including the floor, is important when it comes to comfort and expression. Imagine how the perfect warm, cozy rug can provide contrast to a cool wooden floor.
To stimulate your sense of smell, some common choices would be candles, aromatherapy devices, and potpourri. However, think about how different types of wood can change the scent of a room, not to mention the added fragrance of a sweet-smelling floral arrangement. Even the aroma of fresh air from an open window can increase serenity.
As you walk into a room in your home, what do you hear? If an open window is ushering in a fresh breeze, you may be greeted by the chirp of a bird or a neighbor’s barking dog. What we hear can change our mood for better or for worse, so this element is crucial for optimizing peace. Maybe it’s soft music in the background or the soothing sounds of running water from a fountain. The objects in a room also affect what you hear. Carpets and soft pieces of furniture such as couches and armchairs actually absorb sound, creating a muffled effect perfect for conversation and to ensure your voices don’t carry very far.
Finally, the sense of taste is something many of us assume belongs in the kitchen or dining area. Yes, a fruit bowl or basket of bread on the dining table makes sense, but what about the other rooms? A decorative dish of candies can bring back a touch of nostalgia and increase a sense of invitation. Try adding a coffee or tea nook in a reading area to give the room a fresh new ambiance.
As you experiment with different ways of adding comfort and personality to your home, really focus in on all your senses. Explore how using your sense of sight to accentuate who you really are can take comfort to new levels. Feel out different options with your sense of touch. Take a deep breath and let your nose do the talking with diverse smells. Open your ears to what you hear in a room and how it sets the tone. Savor the beauty of decorating by infusing your space with your personal taste. And when you’re done, kick off your shoes and make yourself at home!