Designing for Pleasure: Appeal to the Senses

Designing for Pleasure: Appeal to the Senses

After a space’s function is understood, what it will looklike is frequently the sole factor driving its layout — and that’s too bad. When we’re awake, our sensory systems are working full tilt, picking up data that affects our psychological experience. What things feel like against our skin, sound like and even smell like makes a significant difference in whether or not a space enhances our well-being or falls flat.

A doctrine of style known as biophilic makes certain we don’t push our perceptions to both sides and guides the development of spaces that make us feel good, mentally and physically. The master layout principles it uses to make spaces for modern people echo those found in the natural places we’d have found pleasant and comfortable eons past.

Craftsman Construction

From the ancient landscapes where our species lived earlier we had our current instruments and toys, folks not just watched the world around them but believed it pressing pleasantly against their skin, heard it ebb and flow around them and appreciated its own scents. Spaces we find comfortable now also create positive experiences for each of our perceptions and deliver useful signals.

Research has shown that if we create spaces in which our primitive selves could have felt comfortable, we live better lives. Below are a few strategies to do that now.

Mix materials underfoot to make sound cues. We see, hear, smell and feel each design component we select. The slate and wooden floors in this photo seem different from each other, and footsteps on each surface sound distinct. Leather-soled shoes around the slate create a staccato, alerting sound but are somewhat more subdued about the wooden floor. The different sounds that office shoes create on every surface sign a transition for someone entering after a day at the office. The individual is arriving home.

Give your feet varying textures. The thick stack of the carpet has a whimsical picture and muffles sound. It also cradles the bare feet that touch it ; every step across it’s a mini foot massage.

Geoffrey De Sousa Interior Design

Switch up your own upholstery. Leather has a particular feel, one that is extremely different in the soothing sensuality of a soft, gently textured cloth, like the velvet upholstering those sofas. If purchasing furniture, try out all different kinds of substances. Maybe select a sofa in your favorite but mix up things by choosing other pieces in different fabrics to make different tactile experiences.

Kathy Bloodworth Interior Design

Use every chance to enrich sensory experiences. Leaning against this velvet headboard is very different from leaning against the wall along with a smooth surface. The tender velvet comforts and relaxes. Try to be certain that any portion of the body that comes into contact with your furnishings meets an enticing, stimulating feel.

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Add touch zones when potential. This wall is interesting to look at and adds a visual encounter.

Noha Hassan Designs

Think about how substances odor and layer on the ones that you prefer. Leather is a standard and relatively hardy material, and who will forget the nice odor of caked leather? Adding leather furniture affects the nearby smellscape as significantly as it will the vista. The feel of the carpet also determines a clear-cut chat zone — if the feeling of the floor varies, so will the purpose of the space.


The books in this area add a particular odor that most of us understand.

Norwood Architects

Add a water feature. Incorporating transferring water has a dramatic influence on the experience of being there. The most relaxing fountains create the form of burbling sound of a brook or stream. They also alter the temperature and humidity of the nearby atmosphere, creating a visual encounter.

Kitchen Designs by Ken Kelly, Inc. (CKD, CBD, CR)

Get a two-for-one punch with candles. Smell is very important to experience — so is motion. Candles provide on both using a nice fragrance and a flickering look.

Use plants to boost a room. Plants affect how a space smells as well as its humidity degree. Adding green, leafy houseplants has another benefit: We may think more creatively if we are around them.

More on biophilic style:
Why we like a secure and sound perch
Bring home the beauty of motion

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