A Welcoming Home is Pleasant to Touch
Have you ever taken a moment to think about the importance of the materials that we use to furnish our home? The softness of the couch, the steel in the sink or the wooden floors, all of these textiles add strength or softness and even warmth into our homes.
Most of the time when we talk about home design we focus on how our home looks, how to furnish or design a room so that it looks bigger, smaller or more colorful. Time is rarely devoted to the discussion of how our house will feel, however a well designed house is one that is not only good to look at, it is also good to touch.
A Warm Room that is Cold
We often get caught up in trying to design our home in the latest colors or the ‘in’ furniture and we can get so consumed with the look of the room that when it all comes together it may only superficially do the job that it was supposed to do.
A good example of this is trying to decorate a room so that it is full of warm hues. It may be that the resulting room has beautiful shades of browns, yellows and pinks and gives off a warm look, but when we come to actually spend any time in the room we may discover that the furniture is cold to the touch and uncomfortable to sit in for any extended period of time.
That’s why it’s vital to pay attention to the materials you use.
It is no coincidence that wood is known as being a warm material, yet glass or metal known to be cold. Wood has a warmer temperature than glass. If you want your room to allude to warmth, it is not enough to focus on colors and furniture placement alone.
You must pay attention to the textiles you employ. Additionally, adding plush curtains and rugs will help keep the room warm and add a gentle and pleasant tactile presence.
A Lived in Home
A home that is to be lived in is a home that we can touch. Now believe me, I have certainly grappled with this dilemma being the mother of young kids, should I cover the beautiful wooden table with a table guard? Should I place a protective cover over the beautiful couch in the living room?
Now, you may not agree with me on this one, however I want to touch the beautiful oak of my table when I sit down to eat, and I want to feel the soft upholstery of the couch when I curl up with a novel.
So yes, my table may have some scratches on it and the couch has some loose threads (and a slight stain from when my son opened up his head on the coffee table) but I like to think of this as contributing to the warmth of my home, this is our home and the we have left our loving marks on our furniture.