Eye-tracking technology reveals what guests notice about your house

What guests REALLY notice about your house: Eye-tracking technology reveals the features people look at most in each room – from the chair in the office to the floor in the kitchen

  • Research from Confused.com has revealed the things that people really notice when they visit our homes 
  • Using eye-tracking technology the study pinpoints the parts of our homes that attract the most attention
  • Bathroom mirrors and drawers are both among the top ten areas of a home that people looked at the most 

The pandemic revealed just how much people around the world love peering into other people’s homes, with several of us secretly snooping on our friends and colleague’s work space over video call. 

But now we’re finally able to pay visits to our loved ones, whether you’ve just moved in or recently had your place renovated, you may find yourself wondering what it is that attracts the attention of guests in your home.  

A new study from Confused.com used eye-tracking technology to pinpoint the areas of each room in the house that are the most eye-catching, and hold our gazes the longest, to reveal what people really pay attention to when they visit our homes. 

FEMAIL reveals  the top items in our homes that people focus on the most – including kitchen floors, bathroom mirrors, home office chairs and throws on a bed.

BATHROOM 

In the bathroom, the mirror had the most views followed by the sink itself, tiles, the toilet, the bath, the cabinet, the shower and the bathroom window 

If you’re looking for quick fix to spruce up your bathroom you could be in luck, because coming top of the list wasn’t the bath or shower, but the mirror – with 177 views throughout the duration of the study. 

Also ranking highly was sink drawers – which had the second highest number of views, and viewers looked at them for the longest – the sink itself, tiles, the toilet, the bath, the cabinet, the shower and the bathroom window. 

Plants also saw a fair bit of attraction while lighting, taps and toilet roll holder are the things that people looked at the least. 

The toilet roll holder had the least total views, with only 10 total. Despite this, those that did look at the loo roll holder spent more time looking at it than several other bathroom elements, including the towel rail, taps and plants. 

CHILDREN’S ROOM 

In the child’s bedroom, it was the cot or bed that was looked at the most and for the longest, closely followed by the bookcase – which was looked at for a long time, but didn’t get as many views as the cot

In the child’s bedroom, it was the cot or bed that was looked at the most and for the longest, closely followed by the bookcase – which was looked at for a long time, but didn’t get as many views as the cot. 

Also high up on the list was the rug and floor, nursing chair and changing table – while blinds, lighting and art were the three things that were the least attention grabbing in the child’s room.

Interestingly, art ranked as one of the least attention-grabbing elements in the kitchen, living room and bedroom too, with artwork gaining the most attention in the home office, ranking in fourth position. 

KITCHEN 

In the kitchen, the research shows it’s the floor that people’s eyes are drawn to the most, pulling in over 100 more views than cabinets, which came in second place, and almost seven times as many views as the sink in third place

In the kitchen, the research shows it’s the floor that people’s eyes are drawn to the most, pulling in over 100 more views than cabinets, which came in second place, and almost seven times as many views as the sink in third place. 

Falling in fourth place with only 37 total views was the countertop, followed by the window, decorative shelves, the oven and lighting. 

Lower down on the list was pots and pans, decorative plants or flowers, wall art, the extractor fan and utensils, while the hob was the part of the kitchen that attracted the least attention – with just one view.

HOME OFFICE

The office chair by far the thing people looked at the most and for the longest amount of time. while the desk itself was one of the elements that was focused on the least, pulling in just 20 views, compared to the chair’s 410.

More of us have worked from home than ever before over the past 18 months, so it’s not surprising that the office chair by far the thing people looked at the most and for the longest amount of time. 

Surprisingly, the desk itself was one of the elements that was focused on the least, pulling in just 20 views, compared to the chair’s 410. 

Also ranking highly was the computer monitor, shelves, wall art, the rug while participants were less concerned with keyboards or decorative plants.  

BEDROOM

In the bedroom, it was the throw at the end of the bed that pulled in the most views and was looked at for the longest while the chest of drawers attracted several views but didn’t capture attention for very long

In the bedroom, it was the throw at the end of the bed that pulled in the most views and was looked at for the longest while the chest of drawers attracted several views but didn’t capture attention for very long. 

The window, decorative pillows, the bedspread, bedside lamps and the bedside table all ranked highly on the list while lighting didn’t attract as much attention. 

Art, the flooring and the curtains were the things that people looked at the least when glancing around the bedroom though curtains were examined for considerably longer than the floor and wall art. 

LIVING ROOM

In the living room, soft décor and key furniture pieces attract the most attention – with coffee tables, rugs and decorative cushions pulling in the most views, each with over 100 glances

In the living room, soft décor and key furniture pieces attract the most attention – with coffee tables, rugs and decorative cushions pulling in the most views, each with over 100 glances. 

Although cushions came third when looking at the number of views, they appeared to hold attention for the longest time out of all other elements in the living room. 

At the bottom of the list in the living room was both the television and the television stand, curtains, the mantlepiece and once again, wall art. 

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