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Smell: The Overlooked Sense in Interior Decorating

Smell: The Overlooked Sense in Interior Decorating

When designing a room, we tend to focus on what we can see—the walls, the floors, and the ceilings. But humans have four other senses as well, and when thinking about decorating, we often overlook those other senses. One of the most powerful senses a room can appeal to is smell. If you are cooking in a kitchen, you already have the smells of bread, cooking meat, and spices there. There are other ways to incorporate smells throughout the house.


Add Pleasant Scents With Air Fresheners

There are several types of air fresheners on the market that can add pleasant smells to your living space. Plug in air fresheners are available in many scents and “plug in” means just that—these fresheners plug into the wall socket and last from one to two weeks. There are also the spray can air fresheners, such as Lysol and other brands. They can be sprayed in the air to release the scent. Plug in and spray can air fresheners come in many scents, from lavender to cinnamon to “fresh breeze”. 


Light Up a Room With Scented Candles

Scented candles are made like regular candles, but instead of just plain wax, they have fragrance mixed in. When lit, they give off a pleasant smell. Scented candles don’t add smoke to a room. They are available from stores such as Walmart and Target, or dealers such as Yankee Candle. Scented candles can also be homemade, for those who enjoy do it yourself craft projects.


Using Essential Oils as Scents

Essential oils have grown in popularity over the last several years. Essential oils are defined as natural oils distilled by either water or steam from certain plants, and that have the smell of the plant from which it’s taken. Essential oils are often used in a diffuser. A diffuser is a type of machine that takes a few drops of the essential oil and then spreads, or diffuses, the scent of the oil throughout the room. Oils such as lavender and eucalyptus are often used in aromatherapy, which is the use of essential oils for improving someone’s mood or someone’s health. Oils are usually available at health/natural foods stores.


Burning Incense For a Pleasant Smell

Incense is a type of substance that is burned specifically to create an aroma. Incense is often used in religious ceremonies, but can also be used just to have a pleasant smell in any room. Incense can be bought at store such as Walmart, or it can be ordered from specialty shops. 


Decorating doesn’t just have to appeal to the eyes. It can appeal to the nose as well.

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