Designing with All Five Senses

There was a lovely spread in this month’s House Beautiful “THE EXPERTS” section about decorating with music.  At first, it caught my attention because it featured an integral quote by Charlotte Moss, who happens to be one of my absolute favorite designers to follow.  Then, as I perused the rest of the images and designers’ quotes on the page, I found myself nodding in agreement.  Designing our interior spaces is a completely sensory art.  

Good design is not simply about what we see, rather it must include something for each of the five senses.  You may not realize how important it is to be mindful of the scents that greet you upon entering your bedroom or the sounds you hear from your kitchen sink or the feel of your office chair, but these are the details that make up a complete and thoughtful design.  

With Christmas just around the corner and New Year’s trailing quickly behind, we are in a season of full-swing entertaining, hosting, and cozying up at home.  What a perfect opportunity to take a moment to consider how your home, how each of the rooms, is impacting your taste, sight, smell, sound, and touch.  Consider whether there is something that could be improved or something that should be embraced.  You will be amazed at the way your home transforms your mood when you address the design with all five of your senses in mind!     

Image via 201 Magazine.  This is a home I worked on years ago.  The new owners' holiday decor was featured in the December 2015 issue of 201 Magazine.  I was delighted to see that they decided to preserve the integrity of our original design, including the molding, wainscoting, built-ins, paint color, and even fabric choices!  Here's the proof that decorating with all five of your senses carries an inherent timelessness that cannot be denied.

Image via 201 Magazine.  This is a home I worked on years ago.  The new owners' holiday decor was featured in the December 2015 issue of 201 Magazine.  I was delighted to see that they decided to preserve the integrity of our original design, including the molding, wainscoting, built-ins, paint color, and even fabric choices!  Here's the proof that decorating with all five of your senses carries an inherent timelessness that cannot be denied.