How To Choose The Right Scents For Your Home

Written by Indrani Karmakar  • 

Have you ever smelled something, like freshly cut grass, raindrops on mud, or seasonal flowers, and it brought back memories? Fragrances may have a profound effect on our well-being and mood because of the memories they evoke. To help you enjoy a relaxing sensory experience, we’ve detailed which scents go well in which kind of environment. So if you have been brainstorming which room freshener and scent to use in which room, this article is for you. Read on!

1. Keep Earthy Scents To Welcome Guests At The Hallway

Keep Earthy Scents To Welcome Guests At The Hallway
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When people visit your home, their sense of smell is one of the very first things that takes up space. Use exotic aromas like sandalwood, agarwood, vanilla, or even cinnamon to make a memorable first impression. Scents of wood are relaxing and uplifting the senses. Lighter, flowery fragrances are more appropriate for the warmer months of the year, while spices & wood masks are more appropriate for winter and autumn.

2. Use Subtle Floral Scents In The Hallway

Use Subtle Floral Scents In The Hallway
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Subtle, comforting aromas are best for the living room, where people spend the most time. Fragrances from flowers like peony, jasmine, and rose will make the air seem smooth and rejuvenating without triggering our sensitive noses. However, tropical fragrances as well as fruit-based smells, such as berries and pumpkin spice, can lighten up the atmosphere at parties and special occasions.

3. Use Citrus Scents In The Kitchen

Use Citrus Scents In The Kitchen
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Floral fragrances can be distracting in the kitchen and should be avoided if you want to enjoy the full flavor of your dish. Instead, go for scents that complement your culinary creations, such as apple, orange, or melon. Scents with citrus notes are also great for covering up garbage and sewer odors. Lemon and orange slices, together with other aromatics like lavender and mint, may be simmered to produce a refreshing herbal tea.

4. Use Herbal Scents In Your Dining Room

Use Herbal Scents In Your Dining Room
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Herb and spice aromas are preferable to overpowering fragrances that might otherwise ruin a perfectly good dinner. The greatest-smelling options are citrus, honey, lemongrass, and rosemary. Herbs such as thyme, bay, & sage can be dried and used to create a fragrant potpourri.

5. Use Fruity And Floral Scents In The Washroom

Use Fruity And Floral Scents In The Washroom
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While oil along with reed diffusers can be useful, scented candles in bathrooms can take your routine to the next level. The comforting smell has a calming effect and helps establish the mood. Use natural aromas like flowers and pine to transform the restroom into a tranquil spa retreat. Creamy fragrances like vanilla are particularly opulent.

6. Use Floral Scents For Your Bedroom

Use Floral Scents For Your Bedroom
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One research indicated that aromatherapy is effective for treating insomnia and helping people achieve a decent night’s sleep. Because of its sedative and anxiety-reducing effects, lavender remains the most often used essential oil for these purposes. Rose, jasmine, and lemon citrus are some other calming fragrances to use in the bedroom. Fragrances with a creamy or musky undertone, like coconut or vanilla, are ideal for the romantic setting of your bedroom.

7. Use Minty Scent At Workplace

Use Minty Scent At Workplace
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Peppermint’s refreshing aroma lifts one’s spirits and sharpens one’s mind, resulting in increased focus and productivity. Meanwhile, the aromas of sage, ginseng, the herb lemon balm, and ginkgo biloba have been shown to enhance cognitive function. The aroma of freshly brewed coffee may also be stimulating. Jasmine, which boosts vitality, rosemary, which eases muscular soreness, and cinnamon, which sharpens focus, are three more smells that aid productivity.

Bonus: Chopping An Onion Doesn’t Safeguard From Germs

Chopping An Onion Doesn't Safeguard From Germs
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There is a long history of employing onions in traditional medicine. Many people believe that keeping a chopped onion in their homes will help protect them from getting sick from the flu as well as other viruses by trapping and neutralizing airborne bacteria and toxins. However, there is no scientific proof to indicate that setting an onion in its raw state cleans the air. Perhaps it’s best to continue with the recommended fragrances for each room or leave the diced onion in the kitchen.

Keeping your house clean and tidy, and letting in fresh air is the most important thing you should do to keep it smelling nice. If you feel you have a headache or allergy to the scent, you should keep it away from yourself instantly. You can also go for DIY room fresheners to keep the scent organic and soothing. It never hurts to experiment with different scents to know which one works best for you. So what is your go-to scent when it comes to the rooms of your home? Let us know in the comments section!


1. Influence of Fragrances on Human Psychophysiological Activity: With Special Reference to Human Electroencephalographic Response, NCBI
2. Lavender and the Nervous System, NCBI

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