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Jan 2, 2011

TALKING SENSE IN INTERIOR DESIGN

We human beings are slaves to our senses. The experience of being home is nothing more than the manipulation of the interior spaces to indulge in our sense of sight, touch and, to a certain extent, smell while addressing all the functional requirements of our everyday lives. Although the pleasures which are derived from these senses are considered the lowest form, it's a fact many people spend large amount of money seeking to capture its very essence. In the pursuit of their dream home, home owners may sometimes focus on the bigger picture and neglect the details that could give an abode its soul.

The importance of sight in interior decor cannot be more apparent, and it's perhaps because of this very reason that most people tend to focus mainly on this visual aspect and forget about the rest of the senses. It's difficult to understand why different people react differently to a design, but beauty generally is a product of the conformance to several rules, as well as the cultural background of the perceiver. In the magazine SEED, the article entitled Beauty and the Brain explains that “An object’s beauty may not be universal, but the neural basis for appreciating beauty probably is.” Proportion, scale and balance are key.


Texture is a design element which is frequently overlooked, even though it has the ability to add a powerful tactile dimension to any room interior. Instead of being confined to visual elements such as lines and colors, incorporating the shine of chrome furnishings, the feel of a shag rug, the warmth of a timber floor or the effect of light filtering through a coarse weave lampshade into a room all work to give it its own distinct character.

While few people would associate scent as an integral part of interior decoration, I'd like to think otherwise. As the world progresses, room fragrance has definitely developed into one of those essential components. And when it comes to adding the final touch to the design of a dwelling, scent certainly enhances the experience of being home. It's no surprise then that the variety of room scents have expanded over the years. Whether you're using scented candles or scented reed diffusers, the best way to organize a house's scent palette is to keep the number of scents streamlined.


Stan

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