A welcoming atmosphere is something most people will recognize when they step into a room. There’s something warm, comforting and inviting you can’t really put your finger on, but you know it’s there. How can you create a space you and your guests will love spending time in? It’s hard to define and even harder to show in photos, but here are a few tips to get you inspired.
First thing first.
The entryway and first impressions go a long way in making your home feel welcoming and inviting. Starting with your entrance is quick and easy and will make a big difference. Clear the doorway from shoes, toys and your mail, make sure the lighting is good and place a good old outdoor mat.
Make room for guests.
Is your coat closet too crowded? Do you have an umbrella stand when it’s raining outside? Maybe an extra doormat to take off wet or icy shoes? Creating guest space is simple and will make them feel welcome in your home.
Create intimacy with seating.
You can make your living room feel more inviting by arranging the seating closer together without too many objects in between. That way guests won’t be too distant from each other, resulting in a comforting and pleasant experience.
Use appealing textures.
You can make any space feel more comfortable by incorporating textured items that invite you to touch them, like a fluffy area rug in your living room, smooth wooden furniture, faux fur pillows and other cozy items.
Play with the lights.
There are a few types of lighting, the most common are ambient lighting (your general lighting like recessed cans, flush mount etc), task lighting (like a desk lamp) and accent lighting (for up-lighting plants, for example). Use layers of these three types and play with it, until you reach the magic spot that creates the atmosphere you love in your space.
Something smells good!
Smell also plays a big role in creating a pleasant environment. Scented candles, fragrance sticks, fresh flowers, or a freshly baked cake, will make your home feel super inviting!
Use warm colors.
As colors can affect our mood, warm colors remind us of the sunlight’s warmth, burning fire and relaxing sand. Warm colors can add character and interest to any space, especially if you used neutrals in your color scheme.
Your home should reflect your personality.
Most importantly, being true to your own personal style will instantly add the character that will set the right atmosphere in your home. So no matter what you do and which designer tips you choose to follow, your home should reflect who you are.