While there’s no question that what you see around your house is important, one shouldn’t neglect the other senses when it comes to creating a happy home. Smell, in particular, can be a huge factor in creating an inviting and welcoming space for everyone. Known as aromatherapy, the use of scents can greatly affect a person’s mood, along with the feel of a space. Here are a few questions to ask yourself when considering introducing a home fragrance into your home: What scents are you most drawn to?
There are so many lovely fragrances out there, it can become overwhelming to choose just one. Ask yourself first what type of scent you typically gravitate towards. Love the smell of citrus? Try fragrances with essence of orange, lemon or other fruits. Prefer floral scents? Look for products that include lavender, gardenia, rose or any other flowers in their composition.
Perhaps sultry notes are more for you. In that case, reach for fragrances with vanilla or amber in the name. Woody fragrances like cedar and pine are popular, as are herbal notes such as rosemary and basil. Try to narrow in on the scent that feels most like home to you, or mix a few different aromas to create a unique smell that’s just right. What method of spreading a scent is best for your home?
With myriad options on the market for home fragrances, it’s important to consider the best method of diffusing a scent in your home. Candles are wonderful for providing not only an appealing smell but also a flickering glow. However, for homes with small children it can be dangerous to have an open flame within easy reach. Reed oil diffusers
are a nice alternative. The oils dissipate slowly, leaving a subtle smell throughout the home that can last for a long time. Leaving a diffuser out can be dangerous though, as they are often made of glass jars with oil inside, and could lead to a mess if knocked over.
You could kill two birds with one stone by using cleaning supplies that also leave an appealing aroma in their wake. Not only will your house look great, it will smell amazing too. Newer lines on the market make use of natural oils for scents that are less bracing than their predecessors and instead are subtle and sophisticated. Look for natural scents such as rosemary, basil, lavender or lemon for a crisp, clean scent around the home.
Last but not least, consider stashing a a little fragrance around the home. Sachets are great for infusing a space with an appealing smell. Go for lavender or cedar scents and they’ll do double-duty in your closets by naturally deterring moths from making their homes in your clothes. Scented drawer liners in your dresser can also leave a subtle perfume on clothes, sheets, or bath linens stored within.
Of course, this is just scratching the surface for products that help spread a perfume-like aroma. Click through to find all manner of items that work towards adding a sweet smell to your home.