A heavenly scent is a warm welcome for anyone who steps through the door. Fragrance—say, an energizing citrus, a romantic floral, a comforting vanilla, or a festive ginger spice—has the unique power to set a mood or spark a memory. The ways in which you can scent your space go beyond the standard-issue plug-in variety.
Today’s home scents come in iterations such as designer candles, diffusers that look more like art pieces, and sophisticated fragrance systems that can be operated and controlled remotely by app.
Strike a High Note
Unlike choosing a fragrance for yourself, selecting scents for your home has a lot to do with the function of the room itself and setting the right mood. You wouldn’t use the same notes in your bathroom as you would in your kitchen, for example. It might sound like overkill, but different scents can have different effects on a space.
Experts also don’t recommend using the same scent throughout your home because it can become cloying or turn off a guest who doesn’t like it. Generally, fruity scents such as fig or passion fruit are good for a living room because they’re energizing and tend to be uplifting, particularly when you’re entertaining.
For the kitchen, avoid florals, since these can interfere with food smells. Instead, go for a citrus scent like lemon or grapefruit, which will complement what’s cooking and also help neutralize stubborn odors. Crisp linens, scents of the ocean, or even fresh cucumber work well in bathrooms, as they evoke a clean feel and won’t overwhelm the small space a bathroom affords. Bedrooms befit more relaxing aromas such as lavender or vanilla, which will help create a soothing environment to unwind and sleep more soundly.