Interior design is all about harmony. Using aroma as decor is a very important aspect of decorating. After all, a beautifully decorated bedroom means nothing if it smells of old socks and dog hair! It’s about using the right colors, materials and your own personal flourishes to match the space and its intended function. Just as neutral colors and natural materials like wood and cotton are great for rooms which require rest, relaxation or solitude; so too must the scent of a room be harmonious in order to add an extra dimension to your decor and enhance its effectiveness.
While many of us use deodorizers and home scent machines to add fragrances to our living space that mask or neutralize household odors and make our home a nicer space to spend time in. What many people don’t realize, however, is how much the effect is enhanced when you choose the right scent for the right room. Here we’ll look at some of the best scents to go with each room and explain how their olfactory attributes help to compliment the room’s function.
Wherever possible you should use combinations of essential oils that not only smell nice but have a range of household applications. You can also rest assured in the knowledge that they’re natural, cruelty free, environmentally friendly products.
In the kitchen
The kitchen is a place that’s usually teeming with the smells of delicious foods. However, when nothing’s being cooked you should aim for clean, fresh smells that will help to combat food waste odors. A great and inexpensive way to keep your kitchen smelling fresh is to have a saucepan simmering with a little water, citrus slices and herbs like mint or lavender. Likewise a combination of bergamot oil with lemon, lime or orange peel can provide your kitchen with a long lasting fresh fragrance.
In the bedroom
The bedroom is a place for rest, relaxation and romance so you should plan your scents accordingly. After a long hard day or a sleepless night, you’ll want to create a serene atmosphere. This can be achieved with relaxing oils like sandalwood, chamomile and (of course) lavender. When romance is on the agenda then soft, sensual scents can be combined with ambient lighting by using scented candles. Floral essences like rose, jasmine and ylang ylang combined with your candles should really get things heating up. If you’re looking to create a warm and sensuous atmosphere,a spicy, exotice scent like bergamot, majoram or sage would work.
In the home office
When you work from home, productivity is everything. When the house is littered with distractions, it’s important to have a background scent that’s conducive to concentration. Peppermint essence is useful for encouraging alertness while helping to prevent stress and anxiety. Likewise, lemon balm can help improve cognitive performance and lift your mood.
In the living room
The living room is a place of relaxation and serenity. Fill it with soft, agreeable fragrances that offer a hint of freshness as well as warmth. Cedar and sandalwood are great warm, relaxing base to build on with something sweet like vanilla or lavender.
Make sure you get the most out of your home by matching your scents to each room.
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