When beginning to decorate a home, most people immediately start thinking about how the room will look when it is done. And that can stop people dead in their tracks. Trying to put together a room can be daunting. If you aren’t sure of your style, short on time or funds, or just not sure where to begin you can find yourself running around in circles or just plain paralyzed.
As you know by now if you follow my blog or know me at all, ambience and authenticity in the home are the building blocks to everything I do. I can’t imagine doing a home that didn’t address those two issues. But in order to create those two foundations in any home, I must understand certain things about myself or my clients. The five senses are big piece of the design puzzle. I believe a home needs to address all of the senses, according to the taste of the homeowner, in order to feel complete.
If I were to ask each of you which of your five senses were most important to you, everyone probably would have a different answer.
Some people feel most alive with color and pattern and sights. They see everything in all its splendor and beauty. The way the light casts a shadow or illuminates a painting sends chills up their spine! To some, they instinctively reach out to touch something with their hands — they want to feel the texture of a fabric or the smoothness of a stone. Yet others have a keen sense of smell and memories associated with different scents. The smell of lilac from their grandma’s garden or the yummy goodness of bread baking in the kitchen would make them feel at home anywhere. To others, music is their heart and soul. They are soothed by the sounds of water, the whir of a fan, the soft gentle breeze blowing through the curtains. And to the foodies out there, one sip of a good red wine, a taste of a marinara sauce or a piece of fine chocolate makes their hearts sing.
In our homes, all of the five senses are important in creating the ambience of home we all long for. We may be more keenly aware of some of our senses and tend to focus more on those, but for a house to really come alive and have that certain something so many houses are missing, we need to consider all the senses in some way or another.
When you address the five senses in choosing things for your home, you will be creating an ambience and style unique to you! Each choice you make will say something about you. Layer upon layer these choices will create your authentic home.
Because this is a more intricate and involved topic, I will be breaking it down over time, addressing each of the senses and how to incorporate them into your style. I hope you will check back and follow this series. It is one of my favorite topics!
Photos from one of my favorite home product creators: Pine Cone Hill