Everyone sets up living spaces to be convenient and to fit a theme and mood. Our first big attempt is redecorating our bedrooms as teenagers. Younger children may have themed rooms based on characters from movies, TV, and literature. Adults are more pragmatic, using color and texture to create a unique space. However, attempting to please all of our senses can greatly improve a living space. A comfortable space may include a subtle scent of lavender or soft tones of windchimes. Regardless of what you decide to incorporate, these additions can provide texture, shape, and color to your room.
Scents and Shapes
The ability to smell is tied directly to taste. Whether it is a store-bought air freshener or fresh herbs or flowers, pleasant scents should be part of a living space. Candles are safer and give off more scent if an electric candle warmer is used. If the pleasant sight of an open flame is desired, be careful. Aromas should be subtle regardless of their source. Overwhelming ones are processed out by the brain and ignored after being in the room for a few minutes. They are overpowering and repugnant to those who enter the room later.
The shapes of the furniture along with decorative items on the walls, shelves, and tabletops grabs the attention of the pattern-recognition areas of our minds as we take in the sights of a room. Rounded objects are naturally considered softer and more feminine while angular surfaces are considered more masculine. A room is better balanced by a mix of the two, whether the room is primarily used by a man or woman. Some decorative items can be pleasant to the sight due to their shape as well as being pleasing to our ears.
Colors and Textures
Color sets a room's tone. Warm colors are bold and active, while cooler colors are quiet and subdued. Consider a subdued palette using bold accents rather than overdoing color. Indoor windchimes are available that fit color themes. The sound comes from a built-in striker or fan that plays the notes. The shapes, movement, and colors are as pleasant as the tones.
Textures vary considerably. When it comes to furniture, the word "comfort" is paramount. Some pieces make bold artistic statements but serve no purpose. In other words, if it is not a comfy place to sit or lie down, it probably should be in a museum and not in one's own personal space. Texture also is a great way to display patterns that follow a theme.
Room sound is often neglected. Windchimes blowing in a breeze outside a window let muted musical tones enter into living spaces. Natural sounds are best. Music is something we listen to when desired, but an intermittent pleasant background noise comes to be appreciated.
Be sure to take the time to consider each item going into a room for its placement and what senses it activates in people. If every piece speaks to a harmony and quietness, the room can be a refuge away from the cares of the outside world.
About the Author: Isobel Stance is an extrepreneur and mostly enjoys selling her handcrafted windchimes on Etsy.