How to Create an Inviting Home
Your home should be somewhere you can go to get away from the hustle and bustle. Somewhere where you can be yourself and relax. For most people, creating a warm, inviting space is a priority when it comes to decorating their home.
This is also important if you enjoy having guests over and want to create a space they can enjoy and want to return to. Here, we run through a few ideas of things you can do to make sure your home is somewhere you can escape to and unwind after a long day.
The atmosphere of your home can be influenced by a variety of factors. All of which you have the ability to control. First of all, the light in your rooms can make a big difference in the overall feel of them. In the daytime, it best to make the most of any natural light in the room.
It not only makes it feel more spacious but can also be beneficial to your state of mind. In the evening when you have to switch to electric lights choose bulbs which give a warm glow. Opaque light shades which will help to filter out any harsh brightness.
Keep It Clean
It is very important to keep your home clean and tidy. Especially if you want it to be a relaxing space for yourself and your guests. Going too far and having a sparse, empty space will have the opposite effect, however. Smells are also important when it comes to creating certain atmospheres.
Always have a scented candle on hand. And lastly, the entrance to your home is the first thing yourself and your guests will see so it is crucial that this is an inviting and welcoming space to really set the scene.
The decorative aspects of your home are very important when it comes to creating a warm, comforting space. Rather than choosing severe furniture with hard angles and slick finishes, try to look for curved edges and textured surfaces. Use warm colours like reds, pinks and yellows, and try to have plenty of soft furnishings.
Soft furnishings are things like rugs and cushions, should be patterned or textured to add further dimensions to the room. Any furniture you have should be as comfortable as possible and try to make sure there are plenty of personal items in your rooms.
For example, framed photos of loved ones or little handmade items help to give a personal touch. Not to mention, they make great conversation starters for guests. Flowers and plants are another touch which help to bring some life into a home.
Nowadays, there is a world of new technology which has been designed for the home. One of these new developments is the emergence of smart home technology.
This is also known as home automation and is available from a number of companies such as Crestron. This combines all of your electrical and digital devices to create a central control panel that encompasses them all.
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This not only makes your life a lot easier but also means that you can control your home remotely. For example, before you get home you can turn on your heating, close your blinds, and switch your lights on.
All in all, this helps to create a welcoming environment for yourself to come home to.
An inviting home is essential in order to be able to relax after a busy day and to be able to invite guests over for an enjoyable stay. Now you are armed with a few ways to create an inviting home.
How do you make your home more inviting?
Let me know, til then–cheers m’deres!
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Nancy Polanco is a freelance journalist, lifestyle content creator, and editor of Whispered Inspirations. She is a proud Mom to Gabby and Michaela, and wife to Darasak. Having worked as part of a health care team for almost a decade, Nancy is happy to be back to her passion. She is a contributor to the Huffington Post, TODAY’s Parents, and an Oprah Magazine Brand Ambassador.