We always strive to create a home that is both warm and welcoming because it is a sanctuary that we are creating—a place to curl up and relax after a long day at work. We want to make it even more so inviting when we have guests over. To achieve this homey feel, here are a few
tips that will help you along the way:
- An inviting entryway
The very first impression that your guests will have of your home is the outside décor and entryway. Ensure that your threshold is free of cobwebs and wasps nests, the plants are not dead, and your doorbell is working. It would be best if you had a doormat that reflects your taste as well as the design of your home. The doormat is not only decorative but functional as
well. It prevents tracking of mud and other debris into your house.
Another welcoming sight at the doorway is the presence of greenery. Consider investing in potted plants and small trees on the porch. Hang a lush wreath at the door as well, and your guests will immediately feel at ease and welcome.
Your guests should feel comfortable as soon as they set foot through your door. For this reason, it is wise to invest in a coat rack; where your guests can hang their coats, umbrellas, purses, hats, and scarves. Your guests will not feel awkward, wondering where to place their belongings once they get into your house.
- Use soft furnishings
It is the small personal touches that make the difference between a home and a house. To create a space that people will love and enjoy being in. Use soft rugs that feel great underneath your feet. Layer cushions and warm, fuzzy blankets softly on sofas and couches for people to snuggle. Add a stack of extra pillows in place of an accent table to accommodate many people if the seats are all filled.
Do not be afraid to contrast these gorgeous soft furnishings with some hard accessories such as ottomans and mirrors to produce an interesting space. It would be best if you made every decorating idea for your living room with the goal to entertain your guests.
- Create a mood with smells
Bring a sense of the outdoors indoors by utilizing fresh-cut flowers. Flowers such as lilies, roses, tulips, and orchids do not only have fragrant smells, but they also add a pop of color into a living space. If you do not have access to fresh flowers, there are fragrant sprays that you can use to keep your space feeling and smelling fresh all day long.
Think about having scented candles, too, to create a cozy and warm atmosphere. Candles are not only aesthetically pleasing but act as mood enhancers as well. Scents stimulate the senses and are associated with memories and moods. Some good scents to use are peppermint and
jasmine that have an uplifting aroma and calm the mind, increase concentration, and act as antidepressants.
- Beautiful wall art and frames
Art and other objets d’art create a bright, luxurious, and welcoming feel to any space. Paintings with the classic, gorgeous, warm hues of red, orange and green warm up a room immensely with their autumn sense. Pairing paintings of the same shade and placing them next to each other gives a refreshing look. Multi-panel canvas wall art makes your bare walls beautiful and romantic. Using custom canvas prints, you can now get any image, including photographs, you want to be printed onto a canvas and framed, ready for you to hang on your wall within a few hours.
- A friendly and bright space
A cozy space distinctively feels homier by adding plenty of light, both natural and otherwise. It is a good idea to check all your lights to make sure that they are working correctly. For your light fixtures, you can add dimmers to customize the light levels for different activities.
Employ the use of lighting that casts a warm, flattering glow to the space. If there is not enough natural light, you can trick the eye into the feeling that the room is flooded by light. You can do this by strategically placing mirrors around a room.
The mirrors will reflect and bounce the light around the room. Have lamps and candles placed at different levels to provide a nice pop of light. And, for high ceilings, you can have an intricately designed chandelier hanging from the top to give a luxurious look.
- Warm-toned decor items and colors
Have your furniture colors and style flow seamlessly from one room to the next to create a soothing effect. Make the spaces flow together without being too open to feel cavernous. For your kitchen space, consider adding depth to space by having wooden cabinets and stools.
A hearth with a fire going in the living room gives the room a romantic and warm atmosphere. Perfect for cuddling up with a mug of hot cocoa. A window seat is not a bad idea as it adds to the cozy feel of the room.
For the bedrooms and guest rooms, pastel-colored walls, canopy and four-poster beds, with cozy throw pillows and furnishings evoke the image of a luxurious boutique hotel suite. Vintage fur carpets, bedside tables and closets will contrast nicely with the greenery you will incorporate into the bedroom, giving it a contemporary flair.
A collection of new and old décor items lend a whimsical feel, adding both warmth and style to a bedroom. Bronze and gold tones create a sense of comfort and warmth all day. Consider having these tones in and around lamps to add color to artificial light. Soft colors also lay the foundation for a soothing room. Unify a room using colors with soothing tones such as soft greys, warm blues, and light pastels.
Once you have made your home into your sanctuary, go ahead and invite your friends over for a nice brunch, with music, laughter and food all around.