Queer Eye’s Bobby Berk Shares How to Design for All 5 Senses

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By: Meredith Witthar | Segun Oduolowu Posted: 11:03 AM, Oct 23, 2018 Updated: 3:12 PM, Mar 14, 2019

The List sat down with the Queer Eye‘s interior designer, Bobby Berk, to get his tips on a unique new way to decorate your home – by using your senses!  

1. Sight 

“The first thing that happens when you walk into a space is you see things,” Berk explains. “So you must make sure the lighting is right.” Adding more light to a space can make your space feel bigger – but sometimes less is more.  In the evenings, it’s really important to have lights that dim, because bringing your lights down helps you fall asleep quicker!  

2. Sound 

Bobby recommends placing wind chimes outside the home. Chimes that are loud enough so you can barely hear them. They will give you a serene feeling, and it can really make your home environment much more relaxing.

3. Smell 

Turns out, your sense of smell is most closely related to memories. So, different smells can really cultivate and bring you back to moments in your life. Think of a happy memory and what scents you were surrounded with. Mimic that scent as closely as possible and fill your home with it.  

4. Taste  

Colors like red really stimulate appetite, whereas darker tones like grays and blacks can make food seem less appetizing. So, if you’re trying to lose weight, you might even consider adding some pops of black to your kitchen.  

5. Touch 

“When it comes to touch, one of my favorite things are plush rugs because when you walk through your house with bare feet, it’s a nice little massaging feature of your home,” says Berk. And you don’t have to spend lots of money to add texture to your home décor. Just updating your hardware can completely transform the look of any space.  

If you do have a bigger budget, you can add things like a brick or wood walls. Even if it’s fake, it’ll add the feeling of texture to your home. 

So, there you have it. There are tons of different ways you can stimulate your senses with a few small changes.  


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