Create a great first impression with a signature home scent! Learn why home scent is imporant, the moods various scents create, and how to choose the right one for your home.
So many of us spend time decorating our homes so that they are visually pleasing to our families and our guests, but how often do we take into consideration how our home smells?
When decorating your home, give consideration to the relationship between how your home smells and how your guests feel. Creating a scent for your home creates an important first impression! And a signature home scent is such an easy way to make your guests feel welcome and cozy.
The Importance of a Signature Home Scent
Of all the senses, smell most readily triggers memories and can influence emotional responses, and affects overall feeling. This effect is so strong and so common, did you know that it actually has a scientific name? It’s called the Proust effect.
You can have the most beautifully decorated foyer, but if the house doesn’t smell good upon entry, I guarantee the smell will be the first thing guests notice, not your gorgeous decor.
Businesses Know the Importance of Scent
Realtors use scent all the time because of how effective a home’s scent can be.
Think about a time when you might have gone to an open house. Have you ever noticed that realtors often light candles or bake cookies? They do this for a reason! They are trying to create a cozy, homey environment to make visitors feel welcome and able to envision themselves living in that space.
But it’s not just realtors that use this trick. Did you know that hotels also pay big bucks to create signature scents? And even retailers use this trick. I’ll bet you can already imagine the smell of Anthropologie because it’s so distinct.
If you bake a lot, your home might already smell like yummy childhood memories, but otherwise, in general, no one likes to walk into a space and be hit with the scent of last night’s dinner. So take a tip from the professionals and give consideration to the relationship between how your home smells and how your guests feel.
What Does Your Home’s Scent Say About You?
Oftentimes, we spend so much time in our own homes that we can’t distinguish any particular smells. Unless you ask a guest (which unless it’s a close friend or relative, that would just be awkward!) or are away from home for an extended period of time, you won’t really know what your own home smells like.
If you’re lucky, your home has no particular smell, so anyone entering will be indifferent to the scent. But for those who have kids, pets, older homes, live in damp areas, etc., chances are that your house has some sort of scent associated with it. And I just learned this lesson the hard way!
I have a lot of pets and it wasn’t until we went away on our recent vacation and I came home that I realized just how much the scent of pet permeated through the rooms! That’s when I knew it was time to make a change.
So I gathered up lots of ideas for you on how to choose your own signature home scent, including ideas for different rooms and what effects various smells have on setting the mood and creating an emotional connection.
How to Choose a Signature Home Scent
The biggest factor in choosing a signature home fragrance is to think about the mood you want to set. Then, think about your decorating style and what scent matches both your mood and your style!
If you wear scented lotions or perfumes, you probably spent a lot of time selecting a fragrance that was “you.” Just as you take time to think about what scent is a good fit for you, also think about what scent is a good fit for your home. Create a signature scent story!
And you don’t have to choose just one! You can choose different scents for different rooms and change your signature scent throughout the season.
Set the Mood with Scent
Smell is such a large contributor to our overall mood, it’s important to think about your home’s signature scent!
Here are some scent suggestions based on the principles of aromatherapy and the moods they create. You’ll see that scents can overlap, which is great if you use them in multiple rooms.
- All Citrus
- Most floral fragrances
Different Rooms Can Have Different Scents
It’s okay to have different scents in different rooms. The one caveat to this is that in open floorplan homes, make sure all of the scents are complementary and don’t permeate room to room. But in general, you can create different feelings for different rooms.
- Foyer – Choose something inviting that draws people in and makes them feel at ease.
- Kitchen, Laundry Room & Bathroom – Choose something fresh, like citrus, that signifies the space is clean.
- Bedrooms – Choose something soothing and relaxing to aid with sleep and comfort.
- Living Room – Go with something fresh or something warm, like cinnamon.
Change with the Seasons
You can change your signature scent with the season. For the holidays, create a warm ambience with cedar, balsam, or pine. In the Spring, try a more fresh and light scent like jasmine or rose. You can use orange in your kitchen in the summer and cinnamon in the winter!
You can also change your seasonal scent in accordance with the area where you live, like the mountains, the grasslands, or maybe the beach.
Keep Your Home Clean
Don’t underestimate the smell given off by trash and leftover food. Always be sure to clean up the dishes, take out the garbage, and generally keep your house clean. Even dust has a scent because it can make the house smell stale. So every once in a while, make sure to open some windows and let the fresh air in!
A Little Goes a Long Way
A word of caution – just as with perfume, a little goes a long way, so don’t go overboard! You want your home to have a nice background scent, not a hit-you-in-the-face smell that lingers on your guests’ clothes even after they’ve left.
My Favorite Spring signature home Scents
I also love, love, love Yankee Candle’s Lavender candle. They make a few types of lavender-scented candles, but my favorite is simply called “Lavender”.
Signature Home Scent – Final Thoughts
No matter what you choose, it’s important that the scent reflect your personality and also your lifestyle, so carefully consider what’s right for you and your home home.
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But, while the scent of your home is important, don’t stress about it. Life happens. If you have fish for dinner, your home will smell like fish. If you burn the eggs in the morning or the wet dog runs through the house, well…it is what it is. But if you can give just a bit of thought as to how you want your home to smell and make a minor change in order to achieve that mood or feeling, then why not give your home’s scent the same amount of attention that you give its decor? After all, you only get one chance to make a first impression!
What is your favorite scent story? Please share!
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