When you think about interior design, we bet you that you never consider one aspect: scent. However, interior designers globally are now recognising, embracing, and celebrating this sensational and often overlooked element of living spaces.
Why is scent in interior design so commonly overlooked?
Historically, interior design is a field that is heavily reliant on two of our five senses: the sight and the touch. From bold, evocative colours and shiny, sleek surfaces to luxurious, soft fabrics and warm, solid wood, interior design has always left little room for smell.
However, incorporating scents and fragrances into your home is becoming more and more popularised, potentially also as a result of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. With people forced indoors for weeks or months at a time, interior designers began to think outside the box and look for creative ways to convey those feelings of cosiness, warmth, and joy that we have come to long for during quarantines and lockdowns.
What are the benefits of home perfumery?
Embracing home perfumering can greatly benefit our moods and psychological states. Research, in fact, has shown that 75% of our daily emotions are triggered by certain smells, whereas 40% of us feel better after smelling something pleasant, like a scented candle.
And considering that humans have over 1,000 olfactory genes in their bodies and can remember up to 10,000 different smells, the potential of scent is truly incredible. When you are surrounded by pleasant smells in your home, your mood is lifted, your emotions are balanced, and you feel more productive, focused, and positive. But how can you make the most of the right scents in your home?
How can you incorporate scent into your interiors?
Good news: incorporating scents and fragrances into your living spaces is easier and more accessible than you think. You can begin with something as simple and small as a candle, that you can position in a strategic area, such as a bedroom windowsill or shelf.
Then, you can build up to using wax melts and oil diffusers. You can place them in those rooms where, normally, scents are lacking, such as the bedroom and the living room. It’s also a good idea to opt for fragrances that hold some kind of meaning to you.
Whether it’s because they remind you of your childhood, your hometown, or a specific, important memory (or person) in your life, the choice is yours. What you can expect, in any case, is to feel happier, more relaxed, and more content.
Next time you are planning or tackling a home improvement project, try to remember the power of incorporating scents into your interiors. They are fantastic mood lifters and emotional re-balancers, and help you to feel more grounded and relaxed while you go about your day-to-day life.
For even more scent-related resources and inspiration, make sure that you check out our website. We also offer our own range of home luxury scents and home fragrance products, to help our community members make the most of their interiors’ potential.