Once you learn how to make scented candles from scratch you can customize the perfect scent for each room. However, scented oil warmers, sprays, and fragrance bags work just as well, as long as you choose a scent that suits the situation.
Perfect Fragrances for Every Room in Your House
When choosing a home fragrance, think about the ambiance that you want to create in that specific space. Should it be soothing and relaxing or more fun and lively?
Once you have found the perfect scent, think about how to deliver it. For the best impact, use a combination of methods like scented candles and an ultrasonic diffuser. Finally, keep it subtle to avoid a synthetic feeling.
Read on for fragrance inspiration for every place in the house. From the kitchen to the bedroom, there is a specific aroma to invite you in.
The Kitchen: Fresh and Natural
Orange, Apple, Cantaloupe
The best fragrance for the kitchen masks unfavorable odors but does not interfere with the mouth-watering scents from your home cooking. The combination of these requirements makes it more difficult to find the right one.
Citrus and juicy fruits are a good overall solution. They are fresh enough to cut through smells from the trash can or drain but not overpowering for most dishes.
The Living Room: Subtle but Changing by Occasion
Jasmine, Berries, White Chocolate
This is the space where you have the most options because it depends on the occasion and season. For everyday use, try something subtle and floral like peonies or jasmine.
For when you have visitors or a small party, you can try a stronger sweeter scent like berries and tropical fragrances. You can also create a real mood by going with the season like pumpkin spice during fall.
The Bedroom: Soothing and Crisp for Bedtime
Lavender, Chamomile, White Musk
The bedroom should be relaxing so you don’t want anything too sweet or otherwise overpowering. Look to aromatherapy for the best essential oils for in the bedroom.
Florals are the best choice because they are subtle and have therapeutic properties. For example, lavender and chamomile are great for a good night’s sleep while white musk has a slight woody layer that feels calming.
The Bathroom: Full of Luxury
Rose, Peach, Coconut
The scent that you use in the bathroom should make you feel like you are walking into a spa. Bath bombs and crystals are so rich for a reason, after all.
Fruity and floral notes are great but you can also feel luxurious with something suggesting creaminess like vanilla and coconut. Tropical vibes also work fantastic in bathrooms when you want to take a moment for yourself and imagine that you are back on your favorite island.
The Dining Room: A Lovely Compliment to the Meal
Rosemary, Lemongrass, Honey
Many of the fragrances that work in your kitchen also work for your dining room. However, since there are fewer smells to mask, you should probably go for an even lighter alternative so that the aromas from the dishes remain the central focus.
Herbs are a good choice because they can complement the dishes that you choose without being overpowering. The pro dinner party hostess move is lighting scented candles that smell like one of the herbs in the food that you are serving or are a natural accompaniment to them like milk and honey.
The Office: Something to Keep You Going
Coffee, Spearmint, Lemon
The office is a productive space so you want a scent that subtly encourages you to stay focused and keep working. This is a room where you could do with layering by using both an automatic spray and incense sticks, for example.
Coffee is an energizer and likely part of your morning routine so having this come back in your office can subconsciously trigger you to be active. Other fresh zingy scents are in the mint and citrus family.
The Hallway: Welcoming and Intriguing
Vanilla, Sandalwood, Cinnamon
This a space that is often forgotten but having a pleasant smell greets you as you come home can do wonders for your mood. Use an oil warmer with a timer that you plug into wall outlets for a consistent aroma without having to put in any effort.
The scent that welcomes you should be smooth and tickle your interest but it should not be too strong so that it doesn’t cause too much contrast with the outdoors. Light earthy essential oils are a good choice here because they are a nice transition from natural scents and also hide the smell from your shoes, a little.