Find Your Home’s Signature Scent

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14 Jan 2013

What makes it so impossible to choose a scent for your home is the number of fragrances that are available on the market.

Scents that mirror a minimalist décor style are clean linen, cotton fresh or a fresh citrus fragrance.

But unless you have an appreciation for the eclectic, like a woodsy scent in a house characterised by plastic furniture, you should be looking for a fragrance that fits in with your décor.

This was the message at the Glade Inspirational Fragrances Sensorium launch, which took place late last year at Melrose Arch, Johannesburg.

Michelle Cloete, Glade’s marketing manager, says fragrance is just as important as furnishings and lighting.

The Sensorium showcased how home design and fragrance complement each other.

Décor should be a feast for all of your senses, with scent unifying the various elements and enhancing the overall experience, says Cloete.

Romantic floral scents like rose, jasmine and lavender work well in Victorian and cottage chic surroundings.

Here’s a rundown of décor styles and their complementary fragrances…

Clean fresh aroma

If you’ve fallen in love with strong lines, slick surfaces and a well organised interior then your design style is minimalist.

What attracts you to this look is the idea that less is more. You keep everything in its place or in stylish trays and boxes, and you make no room for clutter.

When it comes to colour, you tend to favour lighter hues and neutrals over bold and vibrant brights. You enjoy the look and feel of stainless steel appliances and plenty of room to breathe.

Scents that mirror your décor style are clean linen, cotton fresh or fresh citrus.

Romantic floral scents

Coastal themed décor is best complemented by ocean breeze, pineapple, coconut and other tropical scents.

Classic furniture and a romantic colour palette best describe a Victorian or cottage chic design.

The fabrics and walls in this home often range from a soft pink to purple, with floral prints on rugs, curtains and vases.

Wing back chairs are a favourite and delicate, light linens make up the master bedroom.

Cloete says a room’s décor and design creates a certain atmosphere and as fragrance similarly appeals to the senses, the chosen fragrance needs to enhance the feel that is wanted in the room.

For that perfect romantic match choose a sweet floral fragrance like rose, lavender or jasmine.

Woodsy notes

A love for wood is often expressed in antique furniture, oversized leather couches and dark woods.

If you fall into this category, your style is influenced, not by the latest trends, but by what suits you and your surroundings.

Your home is warm and inviting, and the signature scents for your home are pine, cedar, cinnamon and amber.

Beach fragrances

Coastal themed décor features aqua blues and whites, and splashes of coral oranges and reds.  

Life in this home is all about the accessories – the seashells, the coral, some driftwood and nautical frames.

Seaside interiors create an air for entertaining.“Fragrances evoke a certain mood in a room and work conjointly with the décor to create the desired atmosphere.”

Ocean breeze, pineapple, coconut and other tropical scents work well in these surroundings. – Katlego Sekano 

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