Five Powerful Lessons on Home Fragrance From Three Top Interior Designers

Having spent much of the last year at home, I’ve started to pay more attention to the little things…including all the smells! As a mom with two teenagers and two dogs, the struggle is real, and I find I’m much more aware than I used to be of the role that fragrance and enticing aromas play in our perceptions of a place. Scent is often overlooked as an element of home design, but it can be a game changer.

I sat down recently with three top interior designers to learn how they approach scent as a design element. They each have their own, distinct perspective on how to incorporate home fragrance into spaces, from a subtle accent to a statement-making part of a personal brand. I came away from the conversations inspired to start playing with home fragrance in different ways – and grateful for all the elegant choices available through our Mozzafiato lines.

First, a special thanks to my expert panel: Ramey Caulkins of Griffin Design Source, Regan Jules Lee of Regan Jules Design, and Emily Lindemann of Ruggles Mabe Studio. I enjoyed the chance to share ideas with such inventive thinkers who know so much about how to design fresh and inviting spaces.

Here are the 5 most powerful lessons I took away:

Decorate with all your senses – scent matters.

Our designers emphasized the importance of paying attention to all five senses when creating the character of a space. While we’re all used to thinking about colors, textures, and sounds, many of us have never thought about how we can design with intentional use of fragrance. Regan noted that when you walk into someone’s home, you subconsciously register every scent that hits your nose…whether it’s the dog, last night’s dinner, or a lovely potpourri in the entryway. We get used to the smells in our own home, but others notice those scents we all hope they’d miss! It’s important to take time to think about the scent impression you want to create.

Home fragrance is the best way to brand your home.

European women wear perfume all the time and often have a signature scent. Home fragrance is another way to achieve that – an opportunity to “brand” your home with aromas that speak to your personal tastes and style. Ramey mentioned that she’s in love with the natural orange blossom scent from Ortigia (I am, too!). And you can change up your signature with the seasons – just like your wardrobe. What better way to usher in spring than with a sprightly new spring scent?

Fragrance and the light of a candle do wonders for the mood of a room – and the people in it.

Blending golden candlelight with a statement scent can really bring a space to life. I love to have candles burning in the entryway when people walk into my home – that dancing light immediately transmits a feeling of warmth and welcome. But our designers challenged me to think beyond the entry way: A candle can add a little fun and sparkle in the kitchen when your family is gathering for meals and homework and conversation. A candle in the bedroom is a lovely, gentle way to ease into “lights out” and sleep. And along with the light, your fragrance choice really does set the mood -- a bright citrus fragrance is energizing and dynamic, while a lighter lavender is great for promoting a sense of calm and relaxation. Of course, candles are only one part of the home fragrance story – you can choose from a rich array of sprays, diffusers, and pot pourri in all sorts of vessels that make their own unique statement. (Our designers love a diffuser in a bathroom and recommend it as a great hostess gift.)

Decide what you want to be the star of the show

Emily described designers as storytellers, and the choices we make about design really do shape how we engage with the spaces we’re in. So as you’re creating your own story, you want to think about the role scent will play in your overall design. It’s a personal choice. Do you want to make a bold statement or be a little bit more subtle? In design, not every element can be the star of the show, so you have to figure out what features you want to take center stage. Whether you’re going big or just aiming for a subtle, spicy accent in the air, our designers recommend selecting fragrances that feel natural and inviting – and testing them before you have people over to make sure they’re creating the ambience you want.

It’s not just the scent – it’s the whole package.

Many of the options for delivering home fragrance are works of art in their own right – whether the sleek modern lines of a diffuser or the classically gorgeous packaging of some our favorite heritage brands. When you’re exploring your options, consider how the product’s visual design will complement the scent story you want to tell. And remember, investing in a home fragrance is a great way to treat yourself – a delightful scent is a gift to you, your home, and those you welcome into it. It’s all about creating an environment that s pleasant for you to be in with your family and also for your guests.

At Mozzafiato, we carry only Italian brands that offer the most beautiful, natural fragrance options for your home. Here are some of our favorites:

Mare Home Diffuser from Acqua Dell’Elba

We love to dream of the sea with the Mare Home Diffuser from Acqua Dell’Elba, with its notes of lemon, rosemary, sea-lily, marine algae and Mediterranean woods.

Zagara Candle Round from Ortigia Sicilia

All of our candles and room fragrances from Ortigia Sicilia are gorgeous, but Ramey Caulkins described the orange blossom scent of the Zagara Candle Round as the best, most natural orange fragrance she’s found on the market. We think you’ll agree!

Carthusia’s hand-painted ceramic diffuser

Carthusia’s hand-painted ceramic diffuser and sunny lemon fragrance combine to make an unforgettable package, perfect for a statement gift or just a way to treat yourself and your home. It’s one of many delightful options Carthusia offers in the home fragrance line.

Ciao! -- Amy

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Check out the full interviews on Instagram. Below, Amy Parsons joins (left to right): Ramey Caulkins, Regan Jules Lee, and Emily Lindemann.