An inviting home leaves a memorable impression on the visitors and stirs the imagination of your guests. And it often happens that through creating a welcoming interior that makes other people feel good, you also make your home feel cozier to you. These ten tips are guaranteed to help you transform your home into a warm and inviting place for everyone – just beware, some of them might like it so much as to never want to leave!
Introduce the entryway
A good curb appeal has a potent inviting power. Jet-hosed walkways and a new welcome mat are promising a hearty reception behind the door. And who can resist those adorable front door signs saying ‘hello’ or ‘your home too’? Charm your guests instantly by placing a big, green, leafy plant right on the inside side of your door.
Take your seat and relax
You might have learned how to easily move a chair to get behind a dining table, but your guests might feel uncomfortable in spaces they don’t know how to navigate. And it is especially true for smaller homes. Try to think as a visitor and make sure that the paths from your front door to the comfortable seating areas, dining room and bathroom are free of obstacles.
Use color and design
Painting the far wall across from your front door in a bold accent color will increase the lighting effect. Such details instantly capture visitors’ attention and guide people through your home, urging them to explore your space. A guest’s first view of your space is important, and color tricks like these are helping to make them feel cozier.
Smooth the sharp edges
Although many modern furniture pieces come with firm upholstery that has acute angles and clearly defined lines, too many edges and points can make the space feel less inviting. There are several tricks to soften the straight lines. Use round objects like pillows, round rugs and even a soft throw blanket can break straight lines of a corner.
Never too many plants
An abundance of lush home plants with long trailing leaves not only bring life into space but also makes it a great alternative to the garden to spend an afternoon if the weather is bad. Having the moonlight shine inside through the plants by the window is quite magical.
Appeal to their sense of smell
For starters, make sure you don’t have any bad smells. If you are unsure what your home smells like, take a mini vacation for a day or two and see what the first smell is that hits you once you step inside. There are many natural ways to get rid of the odor. Once you are through, consider welcoming in some fragrant plants that thrive in closed spaces.
Coziness is soft textiles translated
This might sound as the most obvious suggestion, but it is surprisingly effective one. A shaggy rug can do wonders in making you feel pampered. A word to the wise – buy your rugs online, as the choice is usually wider than in physical stores, it is cheaper (online discounts and free shipping), plus it will save you the trips to several retailers scattered across the town. Deep furniture, soft ottomans and benches, as well as floor pillows can be layered with framed wall-art textiles.
Give one item your name
This is more interesting if you own a number of pieces purchased from popular and recognizable makers. Personalizing one furniture item, even just reupholstering it in a fabric that screams your name is a step from a catalogue home towards your home. Enhance this by allocating small design details around the house that are similar to the main personalized piece of furniture.
Once you are past striving for certain aesthetic perfection, and yearning for a space that is small, warm and comfortable, keep in mind that houses are not just for looking at, they are for living in, too. A house that is truly cozy and meets your idea of comfort along with inviting your friends inside has a different beauty than those seen in the catalogues.
Author Bio: If one thing is true about Lillian Connors, her mind is utterly curious. That’s why she can’t resist the urge to embark on a myriad of green living/home improvement projects and spread the word about them. She cherishes the notion that sustainable housing and gardening will not only make us far less dependent on others regarding the dwellings we inhabit, but also contribute to our planet being a better place to live on. You can check her out on LinkedIn.
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