Scented Sanctuaries: Crafting a Multi-Sensory Experience in Every Room of Your Apartment

Scented Sanctuaries: Crafting a Multi-Sensory Experience in Every Room of Your Apartment

Published by Ryan Castillo

Introducing scents into every room of your apartment isn't just about masking odors; it's about curating an atmosphere that speaks to your senses and enhances every aspect of your living space. From the moment you step through the door, each room offers an opportunity to engage with a different fragrance, transforming your home into a haven of comfort, productivity, and relaxation. 

Whether you’re renting an apartment in Burlington, VT, or a house in Portland, ME, selecting the right scents for each space can elevate your apartment into a sanctuary that delights both guests and residents alike. In this ApartmentGuide article, we will explore the art of scenting every room in your apartment to create a truly immersive and inviting environment.

A woman with a dog sitting on a couch.

For the living room

Cucumber and green tea 

Cucumber and green tea offer a blend of freshness and tranquility, fostering a serene atmosphere ideal for relaxation and unwinding in the living room. Their natural appeal and non-intrusive aroma make them universally appealing, enhancing the ambiance without overwhelming the senses.

“Burning a cucumber and green tea scented candle in the living room can provide a refreshing and invigorating atmosphere,” shares Abboo Candle Co. “The crisp and clean notes of cucumber blend harmoniously with the calming essence of green tea, creating a delightful fragrance that promotes a sense of tranquility.”

Marine or driftwood 

Marine and driftwood scents evoke a sense of coastal serenity, infusing the living room with the calming essence of the sea. Their refreshing yet subtle fragrance brings a touch of natural beauty indoors, creating an inviting atmosphere reminiscent of ocean breezes and sandy shores.

Mountain City Candles remarks, “For the living room, consider something marine or driftwood.  It adds a coastal vibe, bringing a breath of fresh sea air indoors and infusing the space with a relaxing, beachy ambiance.”


Moonshine and marmalade

For a warm and welcoming living room environment, Le Gaol recommends moonshine and marmalade fragrances, which offer a unique blend of warmth and sweetness, creating an inviting atmosphere reminiscent of cozy evenings by the fireplace in the living room. 

“Sweet notes of orange marmalade, tamarind, and honey are bright but subtle, and combined with heart notes of, for example, bourbon and clove, they create a beautiful all-day fragrance throw that sparks creativity and inspiration. Even when a room is changing from “work from home” to “home workout,” moonshine and marmalade scents are subtle enough to flex with your environment and provide an enjoyable ambiance.”

Floral scents 

Floral scents bring fresh air and natural beauty into the living room, infusing the space with delicate fragrances.

"For the living room, I love any floral-scented candles that feel both fresh and warm when guests enter. This creates the feel of having fresh florals from the market in your home,” says lifestyle blogger Kerstin Huang.


For the entryway 


Citrus scents are perfect for an entryway as they offer a refreshing burst of energy.

“For a welcoming entryway, go with citrus,” states Lyssa Goresch of Juneberry Place. “It's not only familiar for your guests but creates a welcome home feeling when they walk in your front door.”

For the bedroom


Jasmine is the perfect scent for a bedroom because of its soothing and calming properties.

“When we train our minds to connect deeply with scents, we create memorable experiences without having to leave our sanctuary. For a touch of romance in the bedroom, jasmine is a sensual fragrance,” notes Diamond Downs of Gehati.

A candle with berries and a cloth

For the kitchen 

Lemon and rosemary 

Lemon and rosemary are the perfect scents for a kitchen as they combine freshness with herbaceous warmth.

Candle Crowd states, “Lemon and rosemary create a refreshing and invigorating scent for the kitchen; the citrus notes of lemon provide a clean, crisp aroma, while rosemary adds a warm, herbal undertone. This combination not only smells wonderful but can also help neutralize cooking odors and stimulate the senses.”

Berry scents 

Berry scents infuse the space with a sweet and inviting aroma that evokes thoughts of freshly baked desserts and ripe fruits.

“Berry scents are my favorite for the kitchen,” shares Dixon Candle and Bath LLC. “Scent blends such as blackberries or strawberries have a jubilant way of making your home feel very welcoming.”

A candle on a dining room table

Citron and mandarin 

Citron and mandarin scents bring a bright and refreshing burst of citrusy goodness.

“A citron and mandarin fragranced candle is the perfect addition to your newly cleaned kitchen because it complements the sense of cleanliness with its bright, citrusy aroma, enhancing the overall fresh atmosphere. The zesty scent of citron combined with the sweet, tangy essence of mandarin creates a welcoming and invigorating environment, perfect for the heart of the home,” notes Grace Love Candles.

For the office 


Bergamot is perfect for a home office as its citrusy and uplifting scent may bring about focus, clarity, and productivity.

The National Candle Association remarks, “Use citrus scents like bergamot in your office. These may evoke feelings of positivity and stimulation. For those who don’t like citrusy scents, peppermint is a great alternative as it promotes focus and clarity.”

A candle in a nook


Rosemary is ideal for a home office as its aromatic properties also promote a sense of calm and concentration.

Scented Designs recommends, “For the office or just on your desk, we would choose a fragrance that harnesses the power of aromatherapy to promote focus or memory while you're working from home. Rosemary has been found to be one such scent. Plus, we just love the green, aromatic smell that reminds us of being outside even while we're inside working.”


Sandalwood is perfect for a home office as its warm and woody aroma promotes a sense of tranquility and grounding.

“We love the smell of sandalwood in home offices because of its natural ability to promote focus, relaxation and calming of the mind,” states Karl Winters. “Sandalwood offers a rich, creamy-woody aroma that is second to none.”

A person shielding a flame from going out

For the bathroom 


Grapefruit is perfect for the bathroom as its invigorating citrus scent adds a refreshing and energizing touch to the space.

“For an inviting bathroom experience, try a refreshing grapefruit scent, ideal for impressing guests and creating a clean, revitalizing atmosphere,” recommends Candlefy

Eucalyptus and spearmint 

Eucalyptus and spearmint are perfect for the bathroom as their refreshing and invigorating scents create a spa-like atmosphere.

Jamea of Happy Scents shares “Eucalyptus and spearmint is the perfect scent for the bathroom, providing a refreshing aroma that is great for neutralizing the space. The invigorating blend is uplifting and promotes relief and relaxation.”

A bathroom set

The best apartment scents for every space

Choosing the right scents for each room in your apartment can transform the space into a harmonious sanctuary tailored to your needs. From the calming aroma of lavender in the bedroom to the energizing scent of citrus in the kitchen, each fragrance contributes to a unique atmosphere that enhances comfort and wellbeing.

“Candles and scent diffusers not only make a room more welcoming and inviting, but they're also a great expression of a renter's personality. In fact, adding a candle or diffuser is one of the easiest – and non-permanent – ways to personalize your home. 

We find that there isn't a perfect scent for each type of room, since it really depends on the tastes of the person living there, but there are many great scents to consider for every room of the house,” adds Lenise Willis, Editor in Chief of Gifts & Decorative Accessories.

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