the com­fort of things

There are cer­tain things in your home that are like old friends: they al­ways cheer you up. We feel the love for a house filled with gorgeous, up­lift­ing smells

The Simple Things - - NEST | HOW WE LIVE - Words: CLARE GOGERTY

”In an ideal home, flo­ral scents waft in on a sum­mer’s breeze”

In an ideal home, a win­dow to the gar­den would al­ways be open, al­low­ing flo­ral scents – honeysuckle or jas­mine, per­haps – to drift in on a sum­mer’s breeze. The kitchen would be filled with the aro­mas of bread baking and cof­fee brewing, and up­stairs, bed­li­nen, freshly un­pegged from the wash­ing line, would be piled in air­ing cup­boards wait­ing for you to bury your nose in it. Back in the real world, homes are more likely to whiff of wet dogs, un­emp­tied bins and some­thing in­de­ter­mi­nate lurk­ing be­neath the floor­boards. Any nat­u­rally oc­cur­ring pleas­ant smells are of­ten masked by fra­grances more foul. The so­lu­tion for a sweet-smelling home is, fore­most, clean­li­ness. Get that tack­led and you have carte blanche to in­tro­duce fresh, spirit-lift­ing scents of your own choos­ing.

The sense of smell is a pow­er­ful emo­tional trig­ger, with the abil­ity to shift moods and prompt mem­o­ries. Keep your home fra­grance-free and you miss out on a sybaritic plea­sure. With so many dif­fer­ent scents to choose from and an in­creas­ing num­ber of ways to dis­pense them – from the trusty scented can­dle to high-tech in­te­grated sys­tems – find­ing the right one can be daunt­ing. Think of fra­grance as back­ground mu­sic, though – not too ob­tru­sive, play­ing qui­etly and tan­ta­lis­ingly in earshot – and it be­comes more man­age­able. A lit­tle spritz here and there may be all it takes.

The more ad­ven­tur­ous could in­tro­duce dif­fer­ent aro­mas into dif­fer­ent rooms. A zesty cit­rus fra­grance feels right waft­ing through a bath­room, for ex­am­ple, whereas a bed­room suits some­thing more re­lax­ing – a laven­der or flo­ral reed dif­fuser, say, and a work room could ben­e­fit from an in­vig­o­rat­ing boost of pep­per­mint.

Which­ever fra­grance you go for, don’t be tempted to go for a cheap op­tion. You don’t want your home to smell like a mini­cab or for the only mem­ory it evokes to be your great aunt’s pine plug-in air fresh­ener. Your nose de­serves bet­ter than that.

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