Can Scents Enhance Interior Design?

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Does the smell of roses conjure up images of a romantic moment with your sweetie? What about the aroma of warm, baked cookies for the holidays? These types of scents appeal to your memories, which is why they’re important to the design of your home.

Interior design should appeal to as many senses as possible to create serenity and harmony. Sight is important when it comes to colors and lighting. Textures of fabrics, cabinets, tables, and countertops can all stimulate your sense of touch. Hearing the trickle of water from a fountain can help you relax as if you’re outdoors.

What about your sense of smell? Today’s blog from Ellecor Interior Design answers the question, “Can scents enhance interior design?”

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Why Scents Are Essential

Scents play a vital role in the interior design of your home. The trick is to have different fragrances for different rooms.

Our sense of smell has several purposes for interior design. Smells stimulate the limbic system in the brain, the same part of the brain associated with emotions, feelings, and memories. Scents and aromas trigger emotional reactions, which is why peaceful scents play a vital role in interior design. Scents also enhance our moods.

Strategically Place Scents in Various Rooms

Different rooms in the house should have various feelings associated with them. 

Calming in the bedroom. Your bedroom is a sanctuary of calm and peace for a good night’s rest, so interior design is important here. Lavender, rosemary, eucalyptus, pine, jasmine, and lemon all have a calming effect.

Fresh in the kitchen and dining room. Try not to compete with the rich aromas of food in the kitchen or dining room. Think of fresh notes like floral, herbaceous, or citrus scents like honey, bergamot, rosemary, thyme, and pear.

Clean in the bathroom and laundry room. Rooms where clean is the norm should have clean smells. Linen, cucumber, mandarin, geranium, and freesia are all excellent ways to go for aromatic interior design.

Set the mood in your living room and den. The living room and den are the two rooms where you can really mix it up. Cedar, lily, passion fruit, mango, sandalwood, and your favorite aromas are ideal for these places where you watch TV, talk on the phone, and host parties.

How to Get Fantastic Aromas

You have several ways to achieve the right level of scents for different rooms of the home, and all are widely available. Plug-ins are a popular choice. Beeswax candles have a romantic effect for the dining room or bedroom. Incense works well in the living room. Essential oil diffusers work quickly and effectively just about anywhere.

One thing to remember is that aromas can get concentrated very quickly. If you find the concentration of a particular smell is too much, scale it back or try a different aroma. It’s always fun to experiment with various scents to see what works best for your home’s interior design!

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Ellecor & Home Interior Design

Scents help create pleasing effects all over your home. Need more inspiration? The staff at Ellecor has plenty of tips and tricks for your indoor spaces. Contact us or call (417) 720-2602 for more ideas!



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