6 steps to make your home smell incredible | SA Garden and Home
KHANYI MLABA
Last updated on 26 April 2019

In the same way you take the time and effort to design and decorate your home, you should also take the time to decorate the air in your home.

Think of fragrance as an accessory, it gives each room that extra bit of personality. Here are a few ways to make sure your home’s scent stands out.

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Clear your home of unpleasant odours

There’s no point in designing a scent for your home if it’ll clash with a bad odour. Firstly, get rid of anything that could be causing unpleasant odours. This could be mould, towels with mildew, an unclean bin, or a dirty cat litter box. Clean and ventilate your home before adding a scent.

Use a mix of fragrance sources

We’re so lucky that there are so many ways to keep your home smelling good! From candles to oil burners, diffusers to sprays, there are quite a few options to choose from, so why not mix it up? You can use a reed diffusers and wall plug-ins throughout the day, while a spray can be used just before the arrival of guests, or when you get home for that extra pick me up. Oil burners and candles are perfect in the evening.

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Use indoor plants strategically

Not only are indoor plants decorative, but they also keep air fresh by clearing it of bacteria and chemicals. A natural purifier that also adds a stylish touch to a room. Make your choice from one of these.

Choose the right quality candle

This is something that you don’t want to skimp on. Choose a higher quality candle with a stronger scent that won’t burn too quickly. Don’t be afraid of a strong scented candle, remember, the aroma has to fill a room. A few brands you can try are Yankee Candle, Jo Malone or The Candle Works.

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Give each room its own scent

Envision each room’s purpose, and create a scent around that. For instance, the living room is a social space that could use distinctive floral scents like jasmine and orange-blossom, or woody scents like sandalwood and oak. The kitchen or dining area could benefit for more gourmand scents, like vanilla, honey, patchouli, cinnamon or chocolate. The bedroom deserves a more calming scent like chamomile, ylang ylang, sage or lavender. Whatever the scent, give each room a personality that suits you.

Go ahead, give these steps a try and give your home that extra bit of individuality. Let us know what your favourite way to scent your home is, or what your favourite fragrance is.

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