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7 Ways to Make Your Home More Inviting
A house isn’t a home without a touch of your own personality. Making your house more welcoming for guests is a small way of expressing yourself, your hobbies and interests, and makes a good conversation starter, ‘Why do you have a photo of a pineapple framed?’ An inviting home is a comfortable home and here’s our 7 little ways to make your home more inviting.
1.Tidy up that mess!
Having an untidy room full of household clutter makes it hard for the people who live there to relax, let alone guests visiting. A clean, tidy space with visible flooring and furniture allows everyone to easily walk through and use the space for what it is meant to be used for. Oh and whilst you’re cleaning, straighten up that wonky picture frame.
2. Use Aromatherapy
Place a reed diffuser here and there; plug in your favourite air freshener and enjoy a clean smelling home. With long working hours, a nice warming smell along with a tidy home would be welcoming for anyone, including yourself entering your home. However, be careful not to attempt to hide smells by using air fresheners as overpowering ones could do the exact opposite of what the relaxing atmosphere you’re intending to do trying to create.
3. Have a place for drinks
Having coasters or areas for drinks brings many positives. Firstly, it ensures you don’t have to spend hours getting that red wine or coffee stain out of your brand new oak table. Secondly, it invites your guests to stay, giving them the impression you actually want them to be here.Finally, coasters or mats around lights adds to the decor of the home, you can easily find coasters to match your personality from comedic ones, branded, same colour scheme and even different shapes!
4. Make a first good impression
Like always, you don’t get a second chance to make a first impression. Much like coasters, there is a wide variety of doormats that can be tailor bought to match your personality through, colour, text, size and shape. Similarly, plant pots can be a great way of filling space inside and outside of the home, again available in a wide variety of shapes, sizes and levels of maintenance. More techniques can be found on one of our blog posts!
5. Natural lighting always helps
Don’t keep the blinds closed, dark rooms just aren’t as inviting as open spaces. Airing the room out by opening the windows and blinds can even make a small room look larger and more inviting. For poorly lit rooms or evenings, take advantage of ambient or accent lighting to control the tone of a room. For more, check out our blog post on lighting!
6. Have designated places for clothing
Organisation can sometimes just be someone’s personality, some of us are messy, and some of us go over the top with positioning of items. Organisation however will make your home look cleaner, as well as making guests feel like their belongings are not in the way when they visit.
7. Turn down that radiator
Or, turn up the radiator. We’ve all visited somewhere that is consistently too hot or too cold so it’s hard for people visiting to be comfortable if the temperature within the room. Making your guests relaxed allows them to become more comfortable, and they will begin to perceive your home differently. It also means no complaining and more chance of them returning!
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