5 Elements for an Alluring Home Design

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According to Industville’s recent article, when it comes to restaurants, “every detail has been carefully constructed to lure us through the shiny doors.” Different colors affect our appetites, while lighting creates ambiance and architecture sets the stage for each room and space.

What if we were to take the same approach that designers use in restaurants and apply it to a home? These same tools can help create a welcoming environment for everyone who enters your front door – read on for 5 elements that can help you achieve an alluring home design, as demonstrated in the infographic shown here. Infographic courtesy of Suzanne Jones
[/su_column] [/su_row] [su_row] [su_column size=”1/1″] 1. Color
According to the article, color can psychologically affect our emotions in different ways. Based on the graphic below, blue would be a good color to use in a master bedroom because it is calming and induces sleep, while green works well in a kitchen to bring a feeling of healthy diet and abundance, and turquoise is associated with being happy and carefree, so this may be a good color to use in the living room or sunroom.
[/su_column] [/su_row] [su_row] [su_column size=”1/1″] 2. Smell
Smell is definitely an important element when it comes to alluring your guests. As Oliver Wendell Holmes once said, “Memories, imagination, old sentiments and associations are more readily reached through the sense of smell than through any other channel. Consider having baked bread in the kitchen for a comforting smell, peppermint in the home office to increase alertness, and Lavender or Vanilla in your master bathroom to reduce stress and increase relaxation.
[/su_column] [/su_row] [su_row] [su_column size=”1/1″] 3. Lighting
Industville points out three main lighting types to focus on in restaurant design: ambient lighting to set the mood, task lighting in hallways and other spaces and accent lighting for an “x-factor.” In the same way, a layered lighting approach is key when it comes to home design. Focus on recessed lighting to fill large areas, task lighting for countertops and bathroom mirrors, and accent lighting, such as a statement fixture or a grouping of pendants to enhance the style of each room.
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[su_row] [su_column size=”1/1″] 4. Acoustics
As emphasized in the article, “’Loud’ and ‘Quiet’ are two attributes that should be well-balanced; the extremes drive people away.” When having family and friends over to your home, keep background music at a low noise level to create an inviting space while not overwhelming their senses.
[/su_column] [/su_row] [su_row] [su_column size=”1/1″] 5. Architecture
According to Philip Johnson, “Architecture is basically the design of interiors, the art of organizing interior.” Your home’s underlying frame creates the foundation for the rest of the home, so it’s important that each room is placed intentionally to create a nice flow throughout the house. One popular way to create flow in your home is to follow an open-concept design in the kitchen and living room and keep these rooms connected as one large gathering area for you and your guests.

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