I’ve been spending a considerable amount of time with one of my favorite clients. We’ve been having a blast working on her house, designing one room at a time. After finishing up her family room, she sat down on her new –and now favorite – sofa. She literally started petting it, saying how warm and happy her sofa makes her feel. As you might imagine, we cracked a few jokes over her new “pet!”
But, in all seriousness, tactile experiences are important. Research has revealed how significantly our sense of touch influences our worldview. In one series of studies, participants negotiating while sitting in soft chairs did not drive as hard a bargain as those sitting on harder chairs with no cushions!
And while we’re not usually conducting serious business in our family rooms, the notion is the same. We are definitely influenced by how things look and feel. In your home, a pleasant tactile experience can greatly improve our conversations as well as our own personal comfort.