Design Recipes: 7 tips for inviting winter scents

Cathy Hobbs
Tribune News Service

Sometimes it is the unseen that can make an impact on your home. Fragrance is a silent yet powerful element that can influence the atmosphere and experience the moment someone sets foot inside your space. Here are 7 tips to keep in mind for incorporating fragrance into your home.

Natural elements such as fruits and vegetables can be used to introduce fragrance in interesting ways. (Design Recipes)

1. Consider natural elements such as lemons and limes, which automatically add a powerful fragrance.

2. Use blooms, even in the winter. Adding fresh florals can be a welcomed fragrant addition to nearly any space.

3. Burn a fire. Whether you have a fireplace or wood stove, the scent of a fresh fire can help add a winter element as well as an inviting sense of warmth.

4. Add accents such as diffusers and candles. They can help incorporate a continuous scent within a home.

5. Look for alternatives to unnatural elements such as plug-ins. Often these elements introduce an artificial fragrance into the home, which can be unappealing.

6. Infuse essential oils into your space either by using pure liquid sprinkled on key surfaces or using a diffuser.

Moss and grasses can be used instead of florals. (Design Recipes)


7. Try using fresh herbs and flowering plants such as sage, lavender and mint. Fresh and fragrant, they will automatically bring an inviting scent.


Cathy Hobbs, based in New York City, is an Emmy Award-winning television host and a nationally known interior design and home staging expert with offices in New York City, Boston and Washington, D.C. Contact her at or visit her website at .