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An expert interior designer knows that the entire vibe of a room is something greater than just the things that fill it up. Adding a pleasant smell can go a long way when it comes to effectively updating a home, especially around the holidays. This year, here are 5 fun ways you can help your clients get in the spirit with some inexpensive interior updates:
1. Light a Fire
If your clients are lucky enough to have a fireplace inside their home somewhere, encourage them to take advantage of it this time of year. Anymore, stocked logs are becoming a trendy home accessory in and of themselves. In favor of stashing them out back in a shed or on the lawn, bring a pile indoors and stack them artfully next to the feature itself to add a rustic look to any living room.
2. Use Scented Soaps
This is a super simple and inexpensive way to add holiday spirit and smells to any home. If you’ve already worked with some clients in your area and you’re looking to maintain business, as a friendly and helpful decorative gesture consider stopping by around the holiday seasons with a bag of seasonal soaps- one for each bathroom in their home.
3. Add Greenery
We always encourage designers to find a way to bring some of the outdoors into a client’s home regardless of the season- it adds a sense of fresh vibrancy and energy to any space that’s starting to feel a little dull. Encourage clients to use fresh cut pine or evergreen in vases as a way to decorate their spaces this time of year if they’re looking to add a scent effect as well.
4. Use Peppermint
If you pick up a simple spray bottle and add about 20 drops of some peppermint essential oil to a cup of water, you can use this as a minty-fresh candy cane scented room and linen spray throughout your clients homes.
5. Relocate Your Wreathes
Consider advising clients to bring a wreath inside as some unique interior décor this year. Not only will it look pretty hanging on the entrance to the hallway coat closet, it’ll add some additional seasonal scent to the surrounding space.