I’ve liked the idea of having a signature scent for my home since the first time I signed on the dotted mortgage line. I’m always drawn to homes that have a signature scent – they all seem luxurious and thoughtfully designed.
Scent triggers both emotion and memory more than sight and sound, because it is the only sense directly connected to the amygdala and hippocampus, so any home that doesn’t have a signature and consistent smell misses out on an element of decor as impactful as a statement piece of art or furniture.
These are our tops to find a signature scent for your home:
Try Only Three Scents at a Time:
Initially, especially if you don’t really have an idea of what you are looking for in a signature scent for your home, you want to smell EVERYTHING. However, experts recommend only sniffing three scents per visit because your olfactory bulb is getting a check of a workout. You want every fragrance to have a fair shake.
Decide How you Want People to Feel?
It’s important to decide how you want people to feel when they come in your home before you go scent shopping. Should the scent balance comfort with a quiet sexiness? Does it need to be energizing or calming? Should it be masculine or feminine – or both? Try visualizing the scent in your mind and focusing on how it makes you feel – and the mood it will set.
If you are looking for a relaxing environment, consider warm and inviting notes, like vanilla and cedar. If you want a more energizing environment, try scents like grass or citrus notes.
What is the Scent Delivery Method?
Hotels, which rely heavily on scent to achieve customer loyalty, use a variety of delivery methods for scents. Some of the most popular are linen sprays in guest rooms, cool towels by the pool, diffusers in the lighting, and even on business cards, postcards, and candles. This is, of course, in addition to the diffusion machines up to a hotel’s HVAC system. As homeowners we don’t need to go to those lengths to have a smell permeate our homes, but linen sprays are a great idea for guest rooms! I recommend candles or diffusers throughout the home – but I think it’s important to decide what’s going to be the best for the ambiance you are going to create. Just be sure it doesn’t overpower the space and assault the nostrils of your visitors.
Factor in What’s Already Going On in Your Space
Your scent should compliment all of the existing factors in your space including existing scents like a pet, the wood in your furniture and floors, cleaning products, cooking smells, kiddos, etc.
Need some inspiration for where to start to find a signature scent for your home? Below are some of our favorites!