How to: Make Your Apartment Smell Great (and Why it's Important)

Aug 18, 2021 Style & Design

Give your apartment a sensory makeover with these handy home scent tips and tricks. Clever use of essential oils can boost your mood, increase your productivity and could even promise a better night’s sleep.

Out of the five senses, smell is the one that evokes a rapid emotional response. We linger when we smell something that triggers a sense of nostalgia, connecting to regions in the brain that relate to memory and emotion. A distinct scent can transport you back to a time and place in your life in a powerful way.

Specific fragrances can make us feel relaxed and at ease while others can help you focus — some can even lull you into a restful night’s sleep within moments.

Just as you might use lighting to create ambience and enhance the general mood of a space, using scents in the home can be just as important when you want to define different zones for different effects.

Here are some simple ideas to delight your senses and transform your apartment into a sensory oasis.

Define your spaces through clever use of scent

As our sense of smell is closely linked to memory, it can be helpful to set up different zones in different rooms of your apartment.

When the clock hits 5pm and you transition from the home office to the living area, you don’t want to be reminded of your looming to do list. Similarly, you don’t want the kitchen scent to be the same as your bathroom scent.

Using different scents in different rooms will trigger your brain to appropriately respond to the environment, so you can relax when you’re kicking back on the couch and bolster your productivity when in work mode.

Scents to help with productivity

Working from home is here to stay, and scent can help you find that Monday motivation.

A few scents that are known to help boost your focus include lemon, peppermint, rosemary and cinnamon. Adding a few drops of these essential oils in an oil burner or diffuser can help you tackle your workday head on.

Lemon aids concentration and clarity, peppermint is an energy booster and rosemary helps to improve memory retention, while cinnamon can help fight mental fatigue.

Scents made for relaxing

If you’re looking for scents to help you unwind at home, lavender and jasmine are known for their calming properties and their ability to soothe nerves.

Use these scents when unwinding in the living room, meditating, or right before you drift off to sleep.

Candles, incense or reed diffusers?

Making your home smell excellent is easy with scented candles, reed diffusers or incense. But when is the ideal time to use them?

Wind down with incense

If you want a quick burst of aroma, an incense stick is the way to go. These typically burn for less than an hour, making them handy at night time as part of you wind-down routine.

Scented candles are a must

If you want ambience and a steady flow of aroma across several hours, a scented candle is the way to go. The flicker of light will create ambience while the fragrance will diffuse for a longer period of time. Remember to never leave a candle unattended.

Make the most of a reed diffuser

If you want your apartment to smell nice all day, every day, opt for a reed diffuser.

A reed diffuser includes a vessel with fragrance oil and reed sticks — the porous nature of the sticks means they absorb the fragrance oil and diffuse the aroma steadily until they dry up. Then simply flip them over and they’re good as new.

A reed diffuser requires little maintenance and makes no mess. Try putting one at the entrance of your apartment to create a warm, inviting experience whenever you return home.

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