Why You Should Use Scent in Decor

I have a friend who lights candles every single time I go over to her apartment. She's decorated it beautifully to begin with, but there's something extra magical about it. Like you stepped into friendship and joy. Actually, it might be the cute way she answers the door...but seriously, those candles!

 Spruce up a forgotten corner with a plant and a great smelling candle!

Spruce up a forgotten corner with a plant and a great smelling candle!

I can't even recall what the scent of her candles are. But I bet one day, I'll come across it again, and I'll be transported back to cheese and wine nights. While we were watching Harry Potter, of course, with her and her new baby. It'll be a lovely memory.

Do you have a memory like that?

Why is This Important?

Decorating isn't just about the here and now. It's something that impacts how you and your guests remember your home. When we decorate, I think it's important to consider how it will affect the future of a space and the lives of people we love. Scent can play a big part in that.

 Rose, lemon and mint are some of my favorite scents

Rose, lemon and mint are some of my favorite scents

How Does It Work?

Scent is the strongest of the five senses, in terms of recalling memories and feelings. And here's where all those long hours studying collage anatomy helps. The really simple explanation is the smell center is neighbors with the memory and emotion centers in your brain. I don't want to scare you off with more details, so if you want to learn more, click here. (it's fun, I swear).

Since these centers are chillaxing near each other, it means a scent you smell during any experience can be connected with the memory and emotion you felt at that time. Years later, you might smell perfume on someone, and suddenly you're transported back in time. For instance, every time I smell Red Door by Elizabeth Arden, I remember opening cards from my grandma that smelled like her. It always makes me feel joyful!

Do you have a favorite scent you'd like to use in your home? If not, get out there and hunt one down! I have to admit, this is one of my favorite things to do. You can find me smelling every single candle at any store you can think of...I just can't leave until I've smelled them all.

How Can I Make My Home Smell Amazing?

There are so many ways, but here are a few of my favorites!

  • Light candles or use candle warmers/wax melters
  • Make a simmer pot or crock pot potpourri (a couple of recipes here)
  • Use scented, natural cleaning products
  • Wash your sheets, pillow covers, throws and other washables in fragrant detergent
  • Spray febreeze or essential oil + water as air and fabric fresheners
  • Bake cookies or bread. It'll smell delicious and then you'll have a treat

    *Hint these things work best in spaces with fresh air. So throw open the windows! Clean the dust from the cracks in your home, invest in a lidded trash bin and air filter.
    *If you have sensitivity to scent but still want to smell something in your home, I recommend natural products, like an essential oil + water spray or homemade potpourri that you find tolerable.

I hope you've found this helpful! Let me know what your favorite scent is, or your favorite method of scenting your home in the comments!

As always, thanks for stopping in to chat, friend!