These sense-able tips apply to any room – and should be considered when decorating throughout our homes. A particularly tough room to decorate is a work space. Why shouldn’t it also be an enjoyable space?
After moving the necessary furnishings for creative work into my project studio, I turned my attention to things that increase comfort. Do you have a similar space that’s utilitarian and maybe a little boring?
To crank up the comfort value of a room, consider our five senses – plus others.
Sense of Sight
Work spaces can be a collection of functional pieces not needed in other rooms, creating sort of a hodge-podge. Up the ante on comfort by adding elements to your room that appeal to you visually.
1. Include some favorite fabrics. The recycled hydrangea print Roman shades from Spunky Daughter’s childhood room are made with a fabric I’ve always loved.
2. A repainted and re-covered project board in a lattice print – another fabric I love.
3. Hang favorite art work. One of my favorites – a painted window brought over from the craft cave.
4. Workspace positioned to enjoy views out the windows.
5. Turn something functional into a colorful display.
Sense of Hearing
If you enjoy music, rob another room of an old (or new) sound system. Fill your work space with calming, inspiring, or energizing tunes to set your mood.
Sense of Smell
Scented candles, of course, are a must. They appeal to more than the sense of scent. Candles burning also create a sense of warmth in the room.
Sense of Touch
1. A sewing chair cushion. Hmm…you saw how I made this cushion in my post, Perfectly Shape Your Chair Cushion.
2. A ceiling fan for feeling a comfortable breeze.
3. A quick (and comfy) nippy nap spot – and sleeping space for an occasional guest. Seeing a pile of pillows evokes comfort!
4. The bed spread and pillows remind me to mention texture, a necessary element to our sense of touch. Include all types of textures in your decorative mix.
Sense of Taste
No mini-fridge here, but you could keep a stash of water bottles and/or individually packaged snacks for emergencies. Running the stairs to the kitchen burns calories, though – a bonus.
A simple candy dish with some favorites make you feel more at home in a space.
Sense of Humor – keeping the fun in functional
Include a few things that give you a chuckle, tickle your fancy. My examples:
1. You saw this sign already.
2. And this sign and family memory, now with a queenly addition.
3. Yay, another crown!
4. A re-purposed mouse pad – a fun gift from a dear friend.
5. Over-sized antique scissors framed in the window for a fun surprise.
Sense of Sentiment
1. Sweet gifts from friends.
2. Another special gift, re-purposed.
3. Things that speak to your soul.
That about covers the senses on my list. We should fill our homes with items that stimulate (or calm) us through our senses. That’s part of the fun in decorating, y’all.
Have fun adding decorative touches that speak to your senses. Can you think of others – any I left out?
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