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Over the past month we’ve had a lot of changes in our house. We moved furniture around in five different rooms, had the floors replaced in one of those rooms, and gave the girls each their own rooms. They are thrilled with this change. No more sharing rooms! They have their own space and it has been nothing but positive vibes from there on.
Along with giving the girls their own rooms, it meant my office/homeschool room was moved downstairs and replaced our living room. Computers, desks, bookshelves, and boxes upon boxes of supplies, papers, books, and more made their way to their new home. I was in charge of organizing it all. It either found an organized space, went in the trash, or went for donation. Success was found!
Getting the space organized wasn’t my final task. I also wanted to make sure the room had an engaging atmosphere. It is the room where I’ll be working and the girls will be doing a lot of their school work. For this reason I needed to make sure the room was inviting and comfortable while still inspiring awesomeness in everything we do. To accomplish this task I used the five senses and I couldn’t be happier with the results.
Here are some ideas showing you what we did, and suggestions to create the perfect atmosphere in any room you want.
How to Use the 5 Senses to Create the Perfect Atmosphere
A bright color palette is what we were going for to give the room a fun atmosphere. We currently have several supply containers in various colors. In the future we’ll be adding in some vibrant rainbow themed wall art in addition to painting the walls a more inviting color. Other ways to bring in some visual appeal to set the mood of a room is accent pillows, throws, rugs, photos, or figurines. Think about shapes, too. Squares might give a more modern feel while circles are a bit softer.
Words can be another method for setting the mood. Vinyl wall decor can be created with just about any quote or saying imaginable in a wide variety of colors. You can also hang homemade printables, or create your own letters to spell anything you want.
I love walking into a room filled with fresh cut flowers, but it’s not a practical choice for my household to keep up with fresh bouquets on a daily basis. Instead I opt for candles. The Atmosphere Collection™ Fine Home Fragrance by Glade® is the perfect choice for me. The scent choices are perfect for the mood I want to create in my home, plus they are convenient to pick up at my local Baker’s store.
N°1 Enraptured™ – Jasmine and Cedarwood is my absolute favorite, mainly because jasmine is one of my favorite scents in general. Enraptured™ is the perfect name for this scent because it takes my mind to the enjoyable place I want our office/homeschool room to take me. It’s exactly the mood I’m looking for and makes me feel right at home.
Another family favorite is N°2 Bright™ – Sweet Pea and Pear. My daughter loves the sweet scent and it makes her school time even more enjoyable because the room is more comfortable for her to do her homework. I love that all of the scents are white candles in a simple jar so they’ll fit in with any decor. Check out all four scents and find the one that will fit perfectly in your room!
Music is the best way to bring sound into a room. You can either keep instruments there to play or stream the music digitally. If you’re like me, you may also keep a few CDs or cassette tapes. Vinyl and 8 tracks are also an option if you have the right equipment.
I love how music can be tailored for any atmosphere you’re trying to set. With so many styles and genres that are so easy to find for free online these days it’s an easy way to match the music to the mood. My preference is upbeat music with a positive message. Though we do listen to some educational kids tunes on occasion.
While taste doesn’t seem to be a sense you would associate with every room, it can be done. I love setting bright colored candy out for guests to sample while they visit, but an afternoon tea party, coffee date, or a gathering of friends to watch a game are all perfect examples of different ways to incorporate taste into your atmosphere.
If you’re going for a simple comforting room you might consider individually wrapped butterscotch candies or fresh baked cookies to offer a guest. Beverages can also set the mood from sophisticated to fun and bubbly. Taste doesn’t have to be a central theme to the room, but don’t forget it when you’re trying to create an atmosphere that touches people on a variety of levels. The taste aspect might be the perfect punctuation to a completed room.
Touch is one of the easiest of the five senses to bring into a room. It can be accomplished by adding in different textures. Everything from a fuzzy rug to a smooth sleek figurine. Pillows are a wonderful touch addition. Especially those sequin pillows that change color or messages when you push the sequins the opposite direction.
Crochet is one of my favorite ways to add texture to a room. I’m currently working on a mandala afghan that will have a variety of colors, shapes, and ruffles. However any blanket will do for a room as long as it fits in the theme somehow to enhance the mood of the room.
The Atmosphere Collection™
Even if it’s not the right time for you to do a complete room makeover you can still start adding in accents to start building the atmosphere you want. Next time you’re at Baker’s or another Kroger banner store pick up your favorite scent of The Atmosphere Collection™. It’s a small detail that will make a huge impact on the mood of your special space.
Every room tells a story. What’s yours?