How many times do you enter into the most beautifully-done place but feel something is missing. You can’t put a finger to it but know that there is one crucial element that can complete the puzzle. In most cases, the answer is the smell. Apart from enhancing the interiors, home scents can also make a difference in the moods of the residents. For instance, warm vanilla scents are perfect for cold winter nights, whereas floral scents can elevate the appeal of your washrooms.
Did you know that you can combine or layer these scents to give your home a more personal touch? Combining scents is a bit more work than simply lighting two differently-scented candles in your house. Some fragrances may be too conflicting while others may be too subtle to blend. Here is your guide to combining them like an expert.
What are the different types of scents?
Before we go any further, you need to understand the different types of smells to appreciate their differences. There are mainly five different categories that you need to be familiar with – citrus, floral, woodsy, spicy and oriental. Woodsy fragrances include sandalwood, eucalyptus while vanilla and patchouli are examples of oriental scents.
How to ensure that your house smells amazing all the time?
- The first step is to identify the right product to fill your home for those heavenly smells. While candles seem to be the easiest option, they are not always convenient. Especially, if you have kids or pets running around the house. Alternatively, you can look for oil diffusers, linen sprays, soaps, sachets, etc. There is a huge variety available in the market and they can even make for interesting conversation starters.
- Oil diffusers work best in small spaces like office spaces or washrooms. Lavender is a particularly good smell that you can use in your bedroom as it is refreshing and calming. Another good option is rose which is romantic and sensual. You can select a woodsy smell for your living room and top it with a sweet-smelling candle, like vanilla. Oh, and do not forget your kitchen. A citrus smell like lemon will go perfectly in your cooking area to curb the cooking smells.
- Research has shown that peppermint is a smell that can instantly perk you up. You can light a peppermint candle in your office when you feel drowsy after lunch. You can also try this experiment after a long day when you are feeling exhausted.
- Although there is no sure-shot way to predict how a product will be, there are a few guidelines that can follow. For instance, if a candle gives out a strong smell when unlit, you can consider it to be a strong and good one. If you want to buy diffusers, look for the ones with high-quality reed. It has the quality of soaking oils and spreading them into the air.
What are the natural ways to make your home smell great?
There are some excellent ways to create your unique home-scent in your kitchen. Here are a few suggestions.
- Star Anise with Mint
- Orange and cinnamon
- Lemon, lime, and orange
The recipes are so simple that you will be wondering why you didn’t think of them before. Cut a few pieces of all the ingredients and bring them to a boil in a pan. Let the concoction rest and see how it fills your home with a divine smell.
How can I combine different scents?
The easiest rule for combining fragrances is to blend them as they occur in nature. While it may seem sensible to blend fragrances from the same family, they may clash in reality. It happens because of their similarity and intensity. You can instead try to combine scents belonging to different families. Blending an overpowering fragrance with a lower intensity one may give you a unique and pleasant smell.