When you walk into a room, does it feel welcoming? Does it make you want to linger? Does it inspire you to spend time there? If your home is feeling a bit stale, it might be time to dust off your interior design skills and give your home a boost of energy and life. In order to make your home more welcoming, you need to think about what will make people feel relaxed and comfortable. Here are five ways to make your home more welcoming.
Add elements of nature
Nothing will make a space feel more welcoming than adding elements of nature. Place a plant or two in every room, and choose plants that will brighten up the space. Live plants will continuously release oxygen, making your home airier, while artificial plants will add a nice pop of color and texture. If you have a balcony, a garden, or even a balcony in your apartment, add a few planters to give your space a more outdoorsy feel.
A wood plank table with a pretty summer cloth and scattered candles will make any room feel cozy and intimate. If you have an open floor plan, add more plants to the walls. Vines can be used as a mural, or you can choose live plants with pretty flowers. If you have kids, you can even add a few toys and a chalkboard to add to the family-friendly feel.
Organize and decorate with purpose
Once you’ve added elements of nature, it’s time to get down to business and organize your home with a purpose. Start with your closets and free up valuable space by donating or getting rid of any excess clothing, toys, shoes, or other items. If you have a garage, use it as a storage area for items you don’t use on a regular basis (e.g. snowboards, gloves, outdoor items).
Once you’ve organized your closets and storage areas, it’s time to get to work on your kitchen cabinets and drawers. Pull out all of the items you don’t use on a regular basis and put them in a box or basket. If you have a large kitchen, you can make this process even easier by creating a virtual “virtual garage sale” on eBay or Amazon. This can help you earn some much-needed cash and declutter your home at the same time.
Choose the right furnishings
Now that your home is organized and your cabinets and drawers are free of excess items, it’s time to add some personality to your space. Start by choosing the right furnishings for your space. If you have an open floor plan, choose furniture that allows you to move around the space as you see fit (e.g. sofas that allow you to sit in the kitchen or the living room).
For smaller spaces, choose furniture that maximizes space (e.g. a coffee table that doubles as a desk). When you’re choosing the right types of furniture for your space, keep in mind the feelings you want to elicit. If you want your space to feel more spacious, choose lighter colors and more textures. If you want your space to feel warmer, choose darker colors and more textures.
Incorporate soothing colors
Colors can make or break a room, so choose the right colors to make your home feel welcoming. To create a soothing atmosphere, choose colors that are either neutral or earth tones. Neutral colors include greys, browns, and tans, while earth tones include blues, greens, and yellows.
If you have an open floor plan, choose lighter colors for the walls and ceilings to help tie the room together. For darker colors, choose darker fabrics, furniture, and decorative items to help anchor the room.
Add a couple of light fixtures
Depending on your home’s style, it might be missing a few lights. If you want to make your home feel more welcoming, add a few lights to the ceiling or wall. Avoid putting lights on the floor, as it can make a space feel smaller. For a more industrial look, try installing pendant lights or industrial-style wall lights.
If you want a more vintage feel, choose floor or table lamps with a more ornate design. For a more modern feel, choose pendant lights or wall lights with bright LEDs. When you’re choosing the right types of lights for your home, keep in mind the feelings you want to evoke. If you want your space to feel brighter, choose lights that are brighter.
Welcoming guests and making yourself feel comfortable at home are two different things. The first is an act of will, while the second is more like a state of being. This is where your home can help. By adding the right elements, you can make your home feel more welcoming and comfortable.
Now, it’s up to you to take action and make your home more welcoming. Start by making a to-do list of the things you’d like to do to make your home more welcoming and take steps to make those happen. Your home will thank you for it.