Incorporating All Five Senses in Interior Design

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We interact and respond to the world around us through all our 5 senses; sight, sound, smell, touch and taste. For the majority of people, sight is the most used sense, and therefore a room that doesn’t engage this specific sense may not be appreciated. Usually interior design is all about sight – It disturbed me however, that when it comes to designing a space, most people pay attention solely on the visual elements of design, why? I would argue that focusing exclusively on sight limits a design. If a room were characterised by its visual design, incorporating the other senses would add extra dimensions and perspective to the room. Incorporating all the senses can play a subtle but constructive role in interior design, and in affecting how a room is assembled and received. With understanding of how the human sensory system works, designers can create a variety of different room feels, whilst also changing the perception of visual space. By combining this knowledge of perception and design, an extremely effective room plan can be formed. In order to understand fully how the other senses could be included into a design, to heighten a spatial experience, I decided to visit the blind museum in Israel, Holon. The blind museum is a fascinating social, moral and emotional journey, which has the ability to enhance social creativity, and experience and interact with space in an entirely different way. Relying simply on all other senses to orientate yourself. In a world of
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