Choosing a scent for your home can seem like a tall order when you have many different rooms with different functions and styles. Whether it’s a dramatic guest room with damask fabrics and jewel tones or a farmhouse-chic master suite with lots of neutral linens, the scent you choose serves as an complement to that room’s function and personality.
Don’t know where to start? We’ll guide you through your home to help you choose the perfect scent (or combination of scents) for each room.
Keep your kitchen scents simple and uncomplicated. Since this is the room where food is prepared, pick a single food-inspired scent that won’t overwhelm or overshadow the delicious things you make there every day. Scents like lemon and cinnamon are simple, clean and easily identified. The last thing you want is a mystery smell in the kitchen.
As far as the fragrance format goes, candles are a great choice for the kitchen because they are easily controlled. If you’re looking for a specific scent, like a birthday cake candle for a birthday party, it’s easy to tuck your lemon candle away in a cabinet and bring it back out later. Diffusers are trickier because their scent is a little harder to hide.
The key word for bedroom scents is “clean.” Clean linens, fresh cotton, wild lavender, simple plumeria — all of these scents are clean, straightforward and soothing. Choose a diffuser over a candle for a stress-free, set-it-and-forget-it scent that’s flameless and safe.
Just be sure to keep your scents consistent. Mixing fragrances can cause some confusing clashes, and last thing you want before bed is to give your brain more work to do.
There are already plenty of smells going on in the bathroom, from shampoos and body washes to perfume and the laundry hamper. So don’t complicate things with a complicated scent. Fresh water, rain and clean linen are great choices for the bathroom, including a guest bath. These scents pair well with all the usual bathroom accoutrements and make great gifts for guests.
Can’t decide between a candle or an oil diffuser? Find a happy medium with wax melts, which offer the warm glow of a candle and the intense scent of a diffuser in one.
If your living room has an open floor plan that flows right into the kitchen, it’s best to pick something that plays well with your kitchen scent. If you have a lemon or cinnamon scent going in the kitchen, a subtle vanilla scent in the living room will do nicely. If you have a more well-defined living room, choose a bold scent like peony, white gardenia or fresh-cut roses. Florals are great for the living room because they’re so adaptable from season to season.
If you’re searching for the perfect scent for every room in your home, look no further than your nearest SampleHouse location. From candles to diffusers to melts, we have just the thing to make your house feel like home all year round.