When you are planning to host visitors for a family event, you may need to make your home more inviting for this purpose. Fortunately boosting your home’s curb appeal can be done in a few quick steps from adding outdoor furniture to strategically planting sweet-smelling floral varieties. The following guide will attempt to shed light on the steps you can take to make your home truly welcoming to all your guests.
Boost Your Home’s Curb Appeal
We recommend that you start from the outside and work your way in. Welcome your guests with a beautiful, landscaped garden. After all, this will be the first thing they see before they even step inside your home, so those first impressions count. Mow the lawn, keep your shrubs neat and trim, remove any unneeded clutter and even consider repainting your front door if your current one is looking a little drab.
Depending on the current condition of your yard, you can consider planting some edible plants that will bear fruit even during winter. Not only will it make the garden look lusher, you can also give your guests the option of picking the produce themselves, making their visit to your home that much more memorable and fun.
Work on Your Entrance
The entryway of your home should also make your guests feel excited to be arriving there. Add attractive lighting fixtures, some great art or a mirror. You should also add a conventional welcome mat. Having a comfy seat stationed at your entrance is a great idea. It will make it easy for older guests to take off their shoes and put them back on. When you are choosing a color for your entrance, pick a brighter (bolder) color since it complements the neutral color of most interiors. Where possible, add a touch of freshness and charisma with green, even if it is with a single plant.
Keep Your Seats Comfortable and Close to Each Other
When you are planning your seating arrangement, make sure you keep the seats together and easy to access. Guests will feel more comfortable when they sit close to you. If you place furniture far apart from each other, the objects in between will create distractions and distance in between and may not make your visitors feel as comfortable.
To make your sofa more appealing, add some throw pillows into the mix. You can even add your own personal touch by attempting a bit of DIY yourself. Use this to create a cozy space that will make your guests desire to hang around your home for a longer time. Try to get a variety of shapes, sizes and patterns for the pillows and perhaps even add a nice blanket into the mix.
Fill Your Home With Inviting Fragrances
Nice fragrances can help your guests feel great when they enter your home. You can use different methods to draw your guests in with amazing smells including:
* Cleaning your home thoroughly
* Lighting up scented candles and putting them near fabrics
* Placing sweet-smelling flowers in vases around the living room
* Using baking soda sachets to absorb all bad odors.
* Creating scent jars with simmering water and cinnamon sticks.
* Placing indoor plants like geraniums, orchids and Arabian jasmine.
* Keep baked goods on your counter till the aroma dies down.
Allow Sunlight to Shine in Your Home
No one enjoys staying in a dark place and having as much natural light is paramount. A lack of adequate natural light can make you and your guests feel uncomfortable, as you might have trouble to see people or appreciate the beauty of the interior decor. It’s best to allow as much natural light in as possible. Your visitors will love it when they can easily find their way to the restroom or kitchen. Natural light also helps to improve the mood of your guests, enliven conversations and make them look and feel relaxed. They will also be able to appreciate the effort you’ve put in to keep your home clean and well arranged.
Choose Colors Carefully
Give careful thought to the warmth of your home when you choose your wall colors. While you should choose colors that suit your lifestyle preferences, remember to use a palette that will make your guests more comfortable.
Warm colors will make your home more inviting, so if you are a vibrant person who loves bright colors, you can combine warm shades and do an accent with a bright color on one wall. Depending on how adventurous you get, you might make that feature wall a talking point for your visitors.
Use Soft Appealing Textures
You can use textured items that are soft to the touch to make your guests that much more comfortable. For instance, placing a fluffy rug in the living room, along with some nice wooden furniture can further add to a feeling of coziness and warmth. Just make sure you integrate it nicely with other items that make up your living room design.
There are many ways in which you can apply the steps outlined above that will work towards your house becoming an inviting oasis for your friends and family. Take things one step at a time and know that achieving this effect won’t happen overnight. Crucially, none of these modifications need to be extravagantly expensive or difficult to achieve. Keep things neat and simple, working your way from the outside in and you can look forward to many memorable shared experiences with your loved ones.