Please, help me, I cannot think of the word..... I know it is something similar to aroma, but I cannot think of anything but aroma

Example: "The room gave off a warm and pleasant ___. John could smell a vanilla and lavender aroma in the air."

I was looking for the word ambience. I wasn't sure how else to describe it besides with sight. I realize that I was looking more for a word that helped describe the feel of the room, not how it looked. I apologize for any irritations I have caused. This is my first time using this site...

  • I realized just now that the word is aura or vibe. I apologize.
    – kiishmuse
    Jul 6, 2023 at 21:06
  • Ambience would fit reasonably well here, but it doesn't connote anything specific to sight. The example sentence doesn't connote much about sight either, and could be referring to the room's general character rather than specifically how it looks Jul 6, 2023 at 21:06
  • Thank you, @Nuclear Hoagie That's the exact word I was looking for
    – kiishmuse
    Jul 6, 2023 at 21:08
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    I don't get how you want a 'sight' answer when the room's properties are described in olefactory terms. Why don't aroma or scent work? Jul 6, 2023 at 21:08
  • Are you describing the light in the room, or the arrangement and appearance of the objects within it?
    – alphabet
    Jul 6, 2023 at 21:09

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The ambience of a place is the character and atmosphere that it seems to have. [literary]

  • The overall ambience of the room is cosy. (Collins)

I would also go for feel, it also matches your sentence:

The feel of something, for example a place, is the general impression that it gives you.

  • The room has a warm, cosy feel. (Collins)
  • Yes, thank you very much. That is exactly what I was looking for!
    – kiishmuse
    Jul 6, 2023 at 21:08
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    @user483173 Ambience refers to the general character of a setting, not exclusively how it looks. The ambience of a room is determined not only by how it looks, but how it smells, sounds, who's in it, what's happening in it, etc. Jul 6, 2023 at 21:09

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