Ding-dong! It’s the doorbell and the sound that gets most homeowners looking around to making sure everything is as perfect as it was ten minutes ago. It can seem like no matter how much preparation goes into having guests over you could have gone one step further. Well, what are those steps, tricks and tips? Here are 10 that will make your guest feel more than welcome!
Start with your entrance and have it create that inviting tone. A bright welcome mat or an inviting door sign can work wonders! Consider your guests first view once they walk into your home. The far wall across from your front door can be a prime spot to incorporate a bold accent colour in your home. This will create the sense of exploration and interest into your home and almost literally draw them in. Also, a good tip is to add greenery in your foyer! It can be displayed on a nice stand or even draped off of a console table. This will give your guests a fresh breath of life as soon as they enter your home.
One of the first things you’ll offer while your guests are settling in is if they’d like a seat and to make themselves at home. A disorganized obstacle course for a living room can be a big turn off and make guests uncomfortable. Keep your seating arrangements clutter free and easy to navigate through. Your home should be obstacle free from the front door to main areas of your home to create an inviting mood! Another good tip for your seating areas is to incorporate a lot of soft textiles! Go for plush rugs, soft ottomans and deep furniture.
Soften harsh lines
A lot of harsh straight lines can work against your goal of trying to create an inviting space. If you are like me, you love clean lines, but sometimes you can go overboard. Incorporating round elements in spaces with a lot of harsh straight lines to balance everything out. You can try using a round rug or tossing a throw blanket over the corner of a sofa to break up a straight line.
Last, but not least, don’t forget to create a space that feels like you! Even if it’s tiny, small details sprinkled around your home, guests will get the sense that someone lives here day in and day out and cherishes this home, which they most likely will too.