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Which Scents to Use in Each Room to Make Your Home Smell Amazing

Looking for ways to make your home smell amazing? Keep reading to find out which scents you prefer to use in each room in the home. Plus, we asked a psychologist to confirm why we love these scents so much. 

It's safe to say that most of us are obsessed with making our home smell amazing. In fact, past research has confirmed that this is a fixation more than than half of us worry about. So much so that we're willing to part with over a £100 a month on bottles, potions, plug-ins, diffusers and anything else that's going to improve the aroma of our humble abode. 

Crazy? Or completely the norm. Whichever half of the population you side with, you can at least agree that a welcoming scent of vanilla or a fresh waft of lavender is definitely not something to turn your nose up at...

Well, being as inquisitive as we are at Tap Warehouse, we couldn't let this lie. We dived even further into this obsession held by millions, asking a poll of 1,000 people to tell us about their preferences when it comes to home scents, and which are their favourites for each room. Because why would we stop at one signature scent for the whole house in our quest for house smelling amazingness? 

So first up, what about that signature scent?

Our survey found that the relaxing smell of lavender is the most favoured scent for both homeowners and guests to be greeted by. This is no surprise considering it's been around for hundreds of years.

Using lavender as the first burst of fragrance as you enter your home - or in fact anywhere in your home - comes with lots of benefits. This delicate, floral, yet sweet scent is well-known for its stress-relieving, mood-boosting and sleep-promoting effectiveness. Studies have gone so far as to prove that it has a significant positive impact on the nervous system. 

You can use lavender in the bath as a relaxing aid, under your sheets to promote healthy sleep, in a diffuser to permeate an entire room and even in your vacuum as you hoover the carpets to help your home smell amazing day after day. 

But do we crave a different scent depending on the room we are in? Of course we do...

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Scents can create a whole new experience in each room in the home

What exactly are the top scents per room in the home?

The traditional and well-loved scent of vanilla was the most popular choice for people wanting to create a pleasant and comforting aroma in the living room and dining room.

But when it came to the kitchen and bathroom, it was citrus that came out on top. Most likely because it's a fresh and invigorating scent, but also quite a strong scent to help mask those pesky and unwanted smells.

Interestingly, while lavender promotes calm and sleep, it was actually the scent of fresh linen that we favour in the bedroom and also in our home offices, too. 

To help us understand these choices, we spoke to Dr Becky Spelman, psychologist and founder at Private Therapy Clinic. She shared some key factors relating to the associations we may have these popular scents.

For relaxation…  

"Lavender is often associated with relaxation and calmness. It has soothing properties that can help reduce stress and anxiety. It may promote better sleep and create a sense of tranquillity, making it suitable for the hallway and bedroom."

For comforting nights…

"Vanilla is often considered comforting and warm. It has a sweet and inviting aroma that can create a cosy atmosphere. Vanilla is known to have a calming effect and may help reduce stress and enhance relaxation, making it suitable for the living room and dining room."

For cleanliness and clarity…

"Fresh linen scents are often associated with cleanliness and freshness. They can create a sense of purity and make the space feel crisp and clean. Fresh linen fragrances are commonly used in areas where people want to promote a sense of cleanliness and clarity, such as the home office and bedroom."

For uplifting…

"Citrus scents, such as lemon or orange, are known for their invigorating and refreshing qualities. They can help uplift the mood, increase energy levels, and promote a feeling of freshness. Citrus fragrances are often used in areas like the kitchen and bathroom, where people want to create a clean and energising environment."

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