How to Keep Your Home Smelling Good: Where to Place Scented Candles
Best Places to Put A Candle
Ah yes, the fresh smell of a lovely scented candle. There's really no right or wrong way to enjoy a candle's presence (as long as you're keeping safety in mind), but that doesn't mean there aren't tips and tricks to make the most out of your scented friend!
Although a scented candle can truly elevate any space it's placed in, there are actually some very helpful tips to keep in mind. Following these guidelines can make sure you are maximizing your candle's efficiency and getting the most bang for your buck... Not to mention, you'll be helping your home smell as amazing as possible!
Here are the five (5) best locations to place a scented candle in your home:
1.) Living Room
Our living rooms are typically where we spend the most time just "living." Whether it's a cozy night in with a book or a movie or a busy day with the whole family in tow, your living room certainly sees a lot of human (and pet) action.
Between our pets and our families, there are bound to be lots of different smells that waft through the living room throughout the day. A fresh-smelling scented candle can help tie everything together, or mask anything unpleasant that arises. Even if it's just you, filling your home with your favorite aroma can bring a bit of extra joy after a long hard day.
Depending on your living situation, there are lots of good locations for your scented candle in your living room. For people who live alone or with older children, a windowsill (sans curtains); a side table; or a coffee table make for excellent locations to burn a candle. For those with rambunctious kids or curious pets, opt for a higher location, like a fireplace mantle.
No matter what the location, ensure your candle is a safe distance away from anything flammable (like curtains, furniture, etc.).
Your bathroom is a place for bathing and privacy, making it an optimal location for a scented candle. Since most bathrooms tend to be a small space, a smaller-sized scented candle is perfect for these rooms (although a large candle is just fine too).
The most obvious location for a scented candle in the bathroom is on the backside of the toilet, although individuals with long hair should be cognizant of the flame if they are sitting down to use the restroom. If space allows, certain countertops are also an excellent option.
Try using a scented candle alongside a bath bomb for an incredible, spa like experience. While you're soaking in the tub, opt for a Lavender scented candle to maximize feelings of relaxation, or a tropical scented candle like Maui Mai Tai to really embrace that "far-away vacation" mindset.
Our bedrooms are meant to be serene - a place for rest, relaxation, and recuperation. A scented candle is an amazing way to set the mood for a restful night's sleep or a romantic night in with your loved one.
Like your living room, a bedside table makes for an excellent candle perch. You might also opt for a candle on your dresser, desk, or side table (depending on the size and configuration of your bedroom).
The scent of the candle is totally up to you. For a deep relaxing scent, you could opt for Lavender or Eucalyptus. For a romantic scent, try something rich and earthy like Vanilla or Teakwood. For an all-around romantic/relaxing hybrid - floral scents never disappoint... Think Sweet Pea, Lilac, or Hibiscus.
Note:ALWAYS blow out your candle before you go to sleep. It's important to monitor your candle flame at all times.
Lots of smells come from the kitchen - good AND bad. There's nothing like the smell of a homecooked meal or a freshly-baked dessert... But we've also all burnt a meal or filled the kitchen up with smoke before. It happens, but the resulting odor can be pervasive and persistent.
There's an old saying - "You're not done cleaning until you light the scented candle at the end," and we're here for it. The kitchen feels like it's NEVER clean, so once you finally do have it scrubbed down, make it truly count by lighting up an amazing smelling candle.
Try placing it in the middle of the kitchen table for ambiance before, during, or after a meal. A countertop or island works wonders as well!
5.) Home Office/Gym
Did you know that scents are also tied to brain function and productivity? Yep - the right aromas can take you from a groggy sleepyhead to a zippy, focused professional in no time. The same goes for the gym! It can be tough to get into that workout mindset... But once you hit that "runner's high" mentality, anything seems possible!
Forget the stuffy home office aromas of printer ink and flourescent lights. Try a brain-boosting citrus scent like Mermaid Daydream; a refreshing, clean smell like Ocean Breeze; or a zippy, fresh scent like Eucalyptus to get into the right mindset.
Same goes for the home gym! No more sweaty gym bag stench - use your favorite scented candle here too to make your time exercising a little more palatable.
Pro tip: we'd avoid using any gourmand flavors in the gym or office... Nobody needs to be reminded of a delicious dessert when they're busy working or exercising!