How to choose home fragrances for autumn

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    As the seasons change our interior style needs to adapt and with this our home fragrances should be updated to suit the mood. With so many different scents available it can be hard deciding which to choose to suit the cosy autumnal atmosphere ideal for our homes at this time of year. Debbie Knight, scent expert extraordinaire from luxury home fragrance brand Dr. Vranjes, talks to The LuxPad about which fragrances are best for this season…

    It’s not all bad news when autumn days become crisper and the evenings start drawing in. Instead of looking wistfully back at our lovely summer, it’s time to enjoy retreating indoors, snuggling up in the warm and turning your home into a scented haven.

    Instinctively we understand a home that smells good is more attractive to visitors. We’ve all heard about people brewing coffee and baking bread when they’re selling their home. But why save the effort until we’re planning to leave? I believe home fragrance, wisely used, will create a home you’ll want to linger in and your friends will always enjoy visiting.

    You can choose one perfume throughout the home to create a signature effect, or use different fragrances to suit each room and even each season.

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    Diffusers are an excellent, low maintenance way of providing continuous fragrance in any space.  They are long-lasting and come in a variety of sizes to suit small cloakrooms through to the biggest hallways. 

    In reception rooms or hallways this is the season for warm, welcoming notes. A home fragrance blending mossy, earthy, oaky or pine notes can be very comforting, or try a blend of fiery spices such as cardamom, nutmeg, allspice, clove and sandalwood to heat things up. To add a touch of sophistication and pure elegance, try patchouli, amber or oud, which is particularly popular right now.  

    For kitchens, especially those where you eat as well, I like to choose a fresh fragrance, based around ‘edible’ notes which won’t conflict with food. Anything citrusy, herby or spicy would work here – ginger, lime, thyme, bitter orange and pepper for example.

    Cinnamon, mandarin and vanilla are classics at this time of year. They aid relaxation, so are perfect if you like lounging in a hot bath and have the added bonus of making chilly bathrooms feel warm first thing in the morning.

    Lavender and chamomile are both sleep enhancers so are naturals in the bedroom, but for something more seductive I like to use gentle florals blended with an interesting base note. Lemon and orange blossom combined with ylang ylang and vetiver is gorgeous.  I’m also a big fan of rose for bedrooms, it’s another natural relaxant and when mixed with cedar wood, amber, vanilla or white musk becomes deliciously seductive.

    At this time of year scented candles come into their own for the warmth and glow they provide as well as the quick release of fragrance they offer. It’s hard to beat the intimacy created by turning the lights down low and lighting your favourite candles, whatever shape, size or fragrance you prefer.

    Discover the perfect scent for your interior at Tips Home Design and shop autumnal home fragrances here.

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