The 5 Senses of Design
A well-designed building is one that has been thoughtfully created with considerations to how we experience the environment. Is it comfortable? Is it safe? Is it aesthetically pleasing? But what about evoking our fundamental senses? In this week’s blog, we will break down how the five senses play a part in designing an optimal place to RESIDE. Whether it’s your home or your office, we believe in creating spaces that speak to the human experience.
Let’s start with the one that is, well, the oddest. Taste. Now, we aren’t suggesting you go and lick the wallpaper! Unfortunately, we don’t live in the fantastical world of the beloved Roal Dahl, where the wallpaper tastes like fruit, and there is a chocolate fountain in the centre of the room!
When we talk about taste in this context, we essentially mean the style of design. This is something that we have explored quite extensively on this blog, and that is because it is a foundation component of creating your home. This decision will affect what designer you ultimately commit to partnering with, where you decide to build, and what your life will look and feel like long after the design and build process is complete. Your home’s taste should reflect who you are and how you want to feel in that space and what your life is like. You can explore a few of our favourite design styles here to see how they sit with your taste buds!
The feel of your space is the atmospheric presence that a zone creates. So consider, how do you want to feel in this space? Do you want to feel relaxed, motivated, focused, energised, calm? Do you look around your space and feel peace and joy because it aligns with your intentions. For example, maybe living sustainable and being earth conscious is important to you; do you look around and beam with pride seeing your solar panels, double glazed windows, grey-water recycling systems and passive energy features?
Feeling also relates to the literal textures that are present within your home. Do you desire the comforting feeling of plush carpet beneath your feet as you creep to the bathroom at 2 am? That smooth, cooling marble countertop as you wipe away the breakfast mess? The solid cast-iron handle you grasp as you lock up and leave for work each day? They may seem like small moments, but small moments build up a lifetime.
This is likely the most ‘obvious’ design sense in most people’s mind and is linked closely to how we have discussed taste and feel combined. What do you want to look around and see within your space, and how do you want it to make you feel? Zero-ing in on what emotions you want to evoke within your space helps create a blueprint of ideas. Do you want a place that is bright, striking and energising with bold lines and bright colours? Or do you want a serene place, calming and relaxing with soft features and minimal distractions?
Say, what? How do you implement sound designs within a space?
Well, first and foremost, it involves assessing your neighbourhood surroundings and potential sound pollution. Sound pollution is excessive noise that affects the individuals around it. A few common examples of this are; train stations, schools, fire stations, main roads, construction. If you have ever lived near one of these, we’re sure you can appreciate the need to combat these. There are a couple of things your designer will consider if this is your situation, the first being house-positioning. Wherever possible, a good designer will try and create a space that has your main living spaces as FAR AWAY AS POSSIBLE to the offending noise. The other highly valuable component is ensuring that your build has effective insulation! Often people think insulation is all about controlling warmth, but it plays a massive factor in blocking out outside sounds!
Once again, we are saddened not to be living inside Willy Wonkas Chocolate factory. BUT, there are some ways to harness the sense of smell into your design approach. Many natural kinds of wood carry a strong and soothing scent! There are also ways that you can implement pleasing aromas within your own home by bridging the gap between the outside and inside world.
Does your home or office factor in the five senses of Design?