Design for the Senses: Smell

Designer Lisa LaPorta explains how the sense of smell can play a part in room decor.

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Hide CaptionShow CaptionAccessories are the easiest way to incorporate scent into a home's design.
Freshly cut grass. Leather. Coconut, pineapple and mango. Cedar. Freshly baked bread. Baby powder. What images, memories or feelings do these words evoke?

When it comes to design, the sense of smell is second only to sight. Nothing has a more direct link to our emotions and memories than the sense of smell. Therefore, aroma plays a huge role in our perceptions of a place. Here are a few ways to incorporate ambient scents into the design of rooms in your home.

Candles, store-bought potpourri and room perfumes work beautifully as well as a grouping of fresh fruit or vegetables. And these types of arrangements can be used in any room of a house, not just the kitchen and dining room.