As human beings, we seek connection- connection to one’s self, friends and family, and the world we live in. Whether we’re consciously aware of it or not, we are all craving a connection on a daily basis.
Interiors shape our experiences. How can your personal space help fulfill your need for connection? Let’s examine four different pathways:
Connect to One’s Self:
Your space reflects your style, your individuality and your . When you surround yourself with design elements that have personal meaning, you feel grounded and safe. For the individual, a well-designed space can also promote creativity and productivity. Ultimately, when all the elements are in sync, a space can promote an overall sense of wellbeing through positive vibrational energy.
Connect to Others:
Your space creates an inviting place where you and others interact in comfort and peace. Interiors can inspire meaningful conversations that facilitate human connectedness. Think Marcel Proust’s “Drawing Room Confessions” or the salon of Gertrude Stein in 1920s Paris. The ultimate form of connection is using our language to communicate with others. Your space can nurture a sense of community and the sharing of ideas and philosophy. They may never want to leave!
Connect to Nature:
Your space can help connect you to nature through the placement of live plants, fresh-cut flowers and natural textures like wood, silk, wool, leather, linen, stone and jute. These organic elements inspire a sense of serenity and calmness in the midst of our high-tech world of constant connection to gadgets and electronics. Natural light, organic materials and clean lines help to drown out the constant din of our fast-paced world. Bring the outdoors in!
Connect to your Senses:
Sight- colors, lighting, art, and furnishings. Sound – music and conversation. Taste/Smell – the scent of a candle or the aroma of homemade lasagna bubbling in the oven. Touch- luxurious textiles, natural materials, textures and floor coverings that are soft under foot.
“Connection is the energy that exists between people when they feel seen, heard, and valued; when they can give and receive without judgment; and when they derive sustenance and strength from a relationship.” Brené Brown