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January 9, 2012

Moll Anderson’s Sensory Elements for the Home

The New Year is the time for changes. It is a perfect time for bringing a sensory-experience to your home. Sensory-scaping is economically friendly to those of you who are decorating on a tight budget like I was in my single-mom days! Immerse your surroundings in seductive elements that entice your senses. You perceive and discover things throughout life using your five senses; so, why not channel this commonsense approach to decorating your home as well?

Color

black & white bedroom

You can find more inspiring photos of the Seductive Modern City in my book,"The Seductive Home."

Not much can quite compare to the dramatic statement made by a sophisticated black and white room. The combination of luxurious, classy black and elegant, clean white is one that when executed with balance transforms an area into the swanky residence you’ve been wanting!

Lighting

Lighting is both a crucial and often underestimated element that can enhance the many features of your space. Go ahead and challenge yourself! Which space in your home do you consider the blandest? Linen closet, laundry room, kitchen pantry, garage? The right illumination in these seemingly boring places can help you achieve the “wow factor’ you’ve been wanting! I decided to dazzle my laundry room with a brilliant, crystal chandelier; a functional and sensual laundry room… what more can a girl ask for? Lighting can offer you rich colors of the harvest, gold and warm textures.

Texture

ostrich pillow

You can see so many flowing feather skirts and dresses on the runways, why not be inspired by them? I was!

Feathers flow, swish, bounce and grace the items they embellish. This fun pillow adorns the couch in my office! Always be on the lookout for inspiration, beauty is everywhere you just have to remember to look! Who says offices have to be boring?

Scale

When decorating my home, I decided to cater to my old Hollywood sense of style. Scale is always an important factor in achieving the balance of a well-designed room. In order to create the opulence I was hoping for, I went for oversized, leather armchairs to bring a regal energy while also offering a leisurely place to rest.

A sensual home is a place to escape to after a long day and anyone can achieve the elements for a seductive home using sensory-scaping!

What element will you bring into your home? Lighting? Scale? Texture? Color?

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About the Author

Moll Anderson
Moll Anderson
Moll Anderson is an accomplished interior designer and lifestyle expert who infused the interior design world with a fresh new way of thinking with her first book, Change Your Home, Change Your Life®. She is known for her sensory-scaped approach to design featured in her newest book The Seductive Home™. Anderson, an Emmy-winning entertainment reporter, has served as guest and designer on national television shows and has been featured in popular women’s magazines. Get to know Moll Anderson at Magazines.com.




  • http://CindyRatzlaff.com Cindy Ratzlaff

    Love the phrase “sensory-scaping” Moll. I’m longing to add a new color palate to perk up my living room. Most of the furniture is chocolate brown and the carpet is a sea foam green, very neutral. I’d love any wall color suggestions you have for me.