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Interiors: How to decorate your home with scent

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A room by room guide to scents for your home

When you think interior design, most people think visuals. But scent is key component in creating the full interior experience of each room in your home. Thanks to the growing popularity of home fragrance you can now find a wide selection of scents for your home in all shapes and sizes. From elegant diffusers to sophisticated candles, you can fill a room with your favourite scent in all manner of ways. But the key is choosing fragrances with the right notes for the room, which is why we’ve created our room by room guide to decorating your home with scent. 

Hallways Scents 

Your hallway is the first impression anyone will get of the interior of your home, so you want to make the best first impression with the right scent. Fragrances with wood base notes such as oak and cedar, and rich tones such as oud and leather work best in the hallway. You want the scents in this area to not overpower you or your guests as they enter your home, so stick to something subtle that is welcoming and calming.

Lounge Scents

The lounge is where you come to relax and wind down, so you want the scents in this space to create a comfortable and soothing atmosphere. If you enjoy a subtle sweetness or have quite a small lounge, opt for something with notes of honey or vanilla. For those who like a stronger sweet smell or for a larger area, go for caramel, icing sugar or other dessert-based fragrances.  

Dining Room Scents

As the dining room is the area where you eat, it’s key to get the fragrance balance right as scent can easily overpower or clash with food smells. Something fresh and light such as a lemon and bergamot diffuser can work to create a base smell for the room without interfering with the natural dining smells.  If a diffuser is too strong for this space, you may prefer to use a room spray which can be used after a meal to eliminate strong food smells from the air and leave the room smelling fresh but without overpowering mealtimes. 

Kitchen Scents

The kitchen is one of the rooms in your home that will be filled naturally with a number of smells during food preparation and after, so it’s the room that benefits most from the addition of home fragrance. To cut through those lingering food smells, you should choose a fragrance containing citrus, such as orange or lemon and bergamot. These scents will keep your kitchen smelling fresh whilst also creating a calming atmosphere. 

Bedroom scents

Soft, floral fragrances are perfect for creating a relaxing ambience in the bedroom. Scents with notes of jasmine, sandalwood and lily create a calm and soothing atmosphere, and diffusers are great visual additions to any interior scheme. 

Bathroom scents

When you think of visiting a spa, you think fresh and fruity scents; that’s the atmosphere you want to recreate in your own bathroom. Fragrances with notes of peach, apricot and mandarin are all great for creating your own spa-like atmosphere at home. If you’re going for a relaxing bath, light the candles and dim the lights to fill the room with scent and the cosy flicker of candlelight. For filling your bathroom with scent on a daily basis, diffusers are great for a subtle and slow release fragrance, or create a visual addition with dried potpourri and scented oils.