In your home


You will have an idea of how you want your home to feel overall as this is primarily influenced by your unique style, which I showed you how to define in my previous blog.

If you missed this one or any of my previous blogs, please jump back as it’s super important you do them in the right order. Click here to start from the beginning, and I’ll see you back here soon xxx

But I’m not talking about the feel of your WHOLE home. Yes, you want your home to flow and be cohesive, but you don’t want every space to feel the same. Trust me, I’ve seen this over and over again, and it’s boring! You will end up with a home that is disconnected from your needs.

If you want to create a home with heart, a home that supports your emotional needs, then you need to dig deeper and take the time to consider how you want each space within your home to feel.

Humans feel around 27 different emotions. Wouldn’t it be great to have a home that is there for you, a sanctuary that supports our emotional needs?

Spaces that make you feel inspired and creative and help you to focus and be productive…

Spaces for downtime and contemplation that help you to relax and restore…

Spaces for fun, joy and laughter where you can socialise and enjoy each others company…

Spaces that with a big warm cosy hug, tell you “it’ll be ok; I’ve got you.”


Having a clear understanding of how you want each space to feel will help you make design decisions, for example, if you want a space to feel warm and cosy, you are going to select materials and colours that for YOU, convey this feeling.

Let’s take a look at a simple way to define the feel of each space.

  1. Print out a floor plan of your home, ideally A3 size.
  2. Take a pencil and within each space on the floor plan, note down three words that describe how you want each space to feel
  3. This is the “first cut.” Place your plan on a wall, in a spot that you’ll see it every day. Over the next 1-2 weeks, take the time to envision how you want each space to feel. Whether it’s a quiet spot or lying in bed, close your eyes and try to visualise the feel of each space.
  4. Go back to your floor plan and edit the words as much as you like, until you’re happy with the final three words per space.
  5. Place this in the centre of your Story Inspiration board (more info on how to create your inspiration board in my next blog)

It’s fine to repeat words from space to space, but take a considered approach and try to include a variety of spaces that feel different from each other, so that they can accommodate your different emotions, moods and feelings.

Join me for my next blog where I show you how to keep track of the things you love so they’re ready to use and inspire your home interiors when you need them.

Contact Auckland Interior Designer Hayley by heading over to the Strategy Session booking page.

Hayley x


Auckland Interior Designer