More Tactile Materials Are Needed In Our Interior Environments


Architects and interior designers need to incorporate more sustainable materials that add a sense of comfort and warmth to workplaces and homes.  With so many hard finishes being utilized in today’s  new interior environments, it is also important to incorporate materials that convey a soft and warm feeling, providing a cozier and safer ambiance.

Our contemporary office buildings and homes have too many cold, hard and sterile materials integrated in them. These materials make people feel isolated and uninvited. Both past and present psychological studies regarding tactile design have indicated that architects and interior designers need to start incorporating the right tactile mixture into new construction and renovation projects in order to make them contribute to their actual purpose. When deciding on materials for a project, the material selections need to be capable of creating balance by selecting complementary textures. Items such as area rugs, carpets, ceiling, floor and wall textures, furniture, lighting, artwork, accessories and plants can add balancing textures to workplace and home environments.

The sense of touch is closely associated with the emotion of comfort and warmth. The effects of tactile design may seem minor, nevertheless it does help people to feel grounded and connected, which signifies they will feel more optimistic about life and people. Having a positive and trusting outlook towards life and others reduces tension in our daily lives and even reduces blood pressures.

Incorporating tactile design into sustainable design projects would help improve social behavior, self-perception and create a healthier, more comfortable and productive environment in the workplace and home.

Lynn Hoffman

203.984.4695 |