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Last week I was on holiday staying with a friend. One day was spent helping in the garden. I was dead heading roses, which got me thinking about scent (or aroma, perfume – whatever phrase you like to use) and its role in our homes. Scent is incredibly important in any context and this includes our homes. It is very evocative and can have powerful associations – to loved ones, events or places through our sub conscious. It can also  affect how we feel.

When creating our home we may want to evoke these happy memories or create a certain mood, either in our home as a whole or in particular rooms such as bedrooms and bathrooms. There are various ways of introducing scent. There are plugins, room sprays, diffusers and scented candles. One of the best ways of course is flowers and roses are one of the most well known. Lilies have a very strong perfume which can be overpowering and have of course historically been associated with funerals. I like freesia which are a very delicate flower but have a beautiful scent. Apart from scent, flowers have the advantage of introducing greenery into the home which is beneficial to health.

Don’t forget the importance of scent or aroma when selling your home either. An unpleasant aroma such as from nicotine,damp or pets can be extremely unpleasant and put off potential buyers. It is also one of those things that sellers may not be aware of because they are accustomed to it. A pleasant smell on the other hand can be positive and it can be as simple as opening doors and windows to allow fresh air to circulate. A strong odour of cleaning products lets buyers know your house is clean but tends to be clinical. I personally am not a fan of plugins or diffusers because they can be overpowering and aren’t natural. Beware, too strong a scent can lead buyers to wonder what you are trying to mask so keep it subtle!

Whatever your preference, scent is an important element in creating the right environment whether for your dream home or sale. For more advice, call us on 07745 876182, e mail to or complete the enquiry form below. We cover Cheshire and the North West [contact-form][contact-field label=’Name’ type=’name’ required=’1’/][contact-field label=’Email’ type=’email’ required=’1’/][contact-field label=’Website’ type=’url’/][contact-field label=’Comment’ type=’textarea’ required=’1’/][/contact-form]