This Is What Designers Notice First in Your Home

A woman answering the door at home.

You might think the overall style or color scheme would be the first thing a designer notices in a home. However, according to a few, it’s not even anything visual.

My Domaine spoke with a multitude of designers regarding the first things they notice when they enter someone’s home. While some gave the answers you’d expect (artwork, wall colors, and so on), Alisa Bovino and Paige Kontrafouris said something quite different. Both design blogger said scent is the first thing they notice in a house.

“Shockingly, I find the scent of a space to be so important,” said Kontrafouris. “It’s one of the first things that hits you as soon as you enter a room before you even have a second to explore the surroundings, so you better make sure your home is smelling great.”

Bovino even has a special name for this.

“I think each house has its own scent, which I refer to as ‘house pheromones,'” Bovino said. “It’s not necessarily a bad thing, but usually the scent, whether a freshly baked pie or a candle, catches my attention first, before anything visual does.”

So, if you’re thinking of selling your home or entertaining soon, you might want to focus a little less on tidiness and a bit more on scent.

You can check out everything else designers notice first over on My Domaine.

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Shea Simmons is an Atlanta-based writer who has written about everything from whether Crisco is a good moisturizer to how to KonMari your space. Her work has appeared in Bustle, My First Apartment, and Make It Grateful. Read Full Bio »

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