Using the 5 senses in decoration

Using the 5 senses in decoration

When we think of decoration at the same time comes to mind beautiful environments of see yourself. But if you use your imagination a little more and put in this beautiful environment a unpleasant smell or one noise deafening traffic or a floor too cold, hot or rough when stepping on or something in it reminds you of a food with a taste you hate? Yeah! The beauty eyesight only works nicely if the smell, a hearing, The tact it’s the taste are not bothered!

(photo: decordemon lauren nelson design)

So let’s talk here about how can we take care and positively explore the 5 senses in the best way in decorating from our house.


The most obvious sense, which is used in decoration in various ways: color combinations furniture, coverings and objects lighting efficient and beautiful, ensuring perfect light for the various functions required and Desired climates, in choosing frames, photos and decoration objects that bring the personality of the homeowner and complete the harmony of the decor…

(Photo: ArchitecturalImovel)

… at color and light combination to highlight a strong point, “hide” a weak, “Increase”, “decrease”, “narrow or” widen “visual perception of the environment, etc. And we must not forget the power of rejoicing that has the vision of things that bring us happy memories or feelings (photos of pleasant moments or places we travel to, objects, colors, prints and images with sentimental value or that remind us of positive things, phrases that stimulate us, etc.).

The smell

Smells bring us sensationsas the “cleaning smell”A home should always have. But also bring us memories – the cbasil heiroFor example, it reminds me of a house where I lived for a while and where I was very happy. It’s natural for an environment to become more pleasant to me if the smell of basil is in the air – or even if I see a picture of him it works!

(photo: casa claudia magazine)

So it has great effect research smells that bring you good sensations and somehow include them in the decoration (whether through plants, flowers, flavorings, perfumes and even images, objects and colors that have a connection with these smells).


In addition to worrying about annoying noises that can “wipe out” our decor, research sounds that are pleasing to us – like the subtle noise of a water fountain (which I love!), The crackling of the photo in the fireplace, a wind bell on the porch or even the installation of a sound system – and inserting them into the decor – carefully and always with the possibility to silence them when necessary – it works! And again, as vision is a very strong sense and imagination has no limits, you can have images or objects that stimulate memory recall – For example, for me, the image of the sea waves makes me think of their sound and soothe me.

(photo: Casatreschic)

The Tato

This is the second most commonly perceived meaning in decoration: textures of fabrics and coverings Think of velvet, leather, wool, cotton, silk, synthetic fabrics, each with its own unique feel. from rough rugs to downy rugs, glass, steel, wood, etc. and the material temperatures in touch with our body (ceramics, stones, wooden floors, heated floors, cold fabrics, etc.), as well as the warm water of the fountain, the warmth of the fireplace, the roughness of the cacti, the velvety delicacy of the leaves of the plants and flowers. People feel the richness of decorating work in the diversity of sensations that groping in the environment can give (but exaggerations can be unpleasant, ok?).

(Photo: ArchitecturalImovel)

The Palate

Most people, if they think of taste in a decoration, think of the kitchen, the dining area, or the commercial environment that sells food. And it is easier and more logical to explore this sense in these environments.

Chocolatras salivate – even without tasting or smelling chocolate from this Godiva store. It is important to note 2 things: a) You can stimulate one sense through another (s) and the stronger the different stimuli, the more they work. But: 2) Excessive stimuli may cause nausea or irritation. I, for example, who don’t like chocolate that much, feel a little uncomfortable with this picture. Imagine if you could smell it! (photo: yatzer – Wonderwall by Kozo Takayam)

But before using elements that might, someway more permanent, encourage or discourage the appetite in the decoration of our home is I need to think about whether we want or need this incentive permanently at home.

So I believe the best is have or do at home elements that can be used when needed: A dinner, a party, to help a person who needs some control or encouragement in the area of ​​food (objects, cutlery, tablecloths and colorful dishes in interesting shapes for children at the time of food are used a lot, right?)

(image: schoolchildren)

Another issue that influences taste is that the environment where meals are should be thought of as being conducive to attention to food and family life. Especially healthy eating, on those days of lack of time and fast foods… Pleasant sounds, quiet colors, comfortable seating for everyone, muted cell phones – to encourage conversation and approach, control of annoying noises, efficient yet cozy lighting, seasonal fruits available and visible in beautiful fruit, etc… All of this can help a lot, not only to eat better but also to a harmonious family life.

(photo: Mildicasdemae 123RF)

Another story is when we want, not to encourage people to eat or stop eating, but provoke good sensations or taste-related memoriesthrough the insertion of elements that refer to this memory. For example: The “mood” of a family dinner can be positively influenced if the smell of that dish that marked our childhood escapes subtly from the kitchen to the whole house (or perhaps, at dessert time, an essence of food used by the family).

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