Your home is, ideally, somewhere you can put your feet up and just enjoy moments with your loved ones or even some time alone. But at the same time, you also want your home to be a welcoming place where people can gather and have a good time — whether it’s a group of your friends having a night in or your entire family enjoying a holiday.
So how do you make your home as welcoming as possible, no matter who’s coming to stay or visit? Here are a few idea.
Clean It Up
Clearly, this is not a design tip. However, making your home a hospitable and charming place isn’t just about the decor, it’s also about making it look presentable. The easiest way to do this is to declutter, especially in places where people most often converge like the living room and dining room. Designate storage spaces for small items like keys and remote controls, which can be easily misplaced and contribute to the mess. It’s also a good idea to set aside some time every day dedicated to decluttering so that the work doesn’t pile up and become more difficult and unappealing to do.
Another way to make decluttering easier is to actually dispose of the clutter. If there is anything that you don’t need or no longer use, check if it can be given to people you know or donated to charities. Otherwise, just throw them away or send them to recycling centers when applicable.
Install a Fountain
Installing an indoor fountain can make your home feel more like a haven. How? For one, the sound of flowing water can create a peaceful ambiance. This will make it easier for people to feel more relaxed when they visit your home. It can also serve as a conversation starter to help people overcome that initial bout of shyness. Finally, a fountain can help reduce background noise, making your home more conducive for intimate gatherings. Combined with the visual appeal, a fountain can make your home a truly inviting, comforting place.
If you’re thinking about the design and space, there’s no need to worry. There are many styles of indoor fountains to choose from ranging from small tabletop models to towering floor installations. The designs are also practically endless, so you won’t have any difficulty finding one that matches your home’s existing decor.
Allow Sunshine to Filter In
Natural light is definitely more welcoming than the harsh, sometimes even clinical glare of fluorescent lights. It’s also been scientifically proven that sunlight can help improve people’s moods. So if you want to harness the power of the sun to make your home more cheerful, throw open those drapes and let the sunshine in.
If you live in a location that does not get a lot of sunshine or if your home doesn’t have a lot of windows, you can mimic the look of sunlight by using warmer bulbs instead of white ones. You can also install a skylight, if your budget permits. Mirrors — and even the water from the indoor fountains discussed earlier — can also help reflect the natural light to open up the space and make it look more inviting.
Make a Good First Impression
Your home’s exterior makes as much of an impression when it comes to being a warm, hospitable place. If it looks dirty and drab, then people won’t be inclined to visit. As with the inside of your house, keeping the outside clean goes a long way to giving your home a welcoming atmosphere. If you can give the walls a fresh coat of paint, then all the better. If not, explore other options like a quirky doormat or paint just your front door a new color. You can also install a plant box beneath your window and cultivate herbs and flowers for a charming vibe.
You don’t need to completely overhaul your home to give it a welcoming atmosphere. Try out these simple design tips and see how big a difference they can make!