Are you looking to make your home more welcoming, but aren’t quite sure how to do it?
Creating a welcoming home isn’t just nice for your guests, it can also lift your mood and make you feel better about your living space. But, how do you create a welcoming home?
Check out this guide to learn everything you need to do to make your home more welcoming.
Create a Warm Atmosphere With Lighting
One thing that can absolutely kill the coziness of a space is lighting. If people walk into your home and feel like they’re walking into a doctor’s office because of all of the bright lights, they’re not going to feel very welcome.
To create better lighting, start by assessing your current lighting situation. Ask yourself:
- How many light sources are there in each room?
- Am I using warm or cool bulbs?
- What is the design of each light source? How do I feel about this design?
Instead of relying on harsh, overhead lighting, focus on having an abundance of task lighting. Task lighting includes things such as candles, table lamps, and floor lamps.
Once the sun sets, you can create clusters of light according to where you want the conversation and focal points to be. If re-designing your lighting situation is out of the question because of financial reasons, then at the very least, you should make the switch to warm lightbulbs.
To determine the “warmness” of a lightbulb, you’ll want to look at its temperature. For warm light, you’ll want bulbs that are 3000k or less. Candles are around 1850k, which is part of the reason why they’re so cozy.
You can also add string lights to your home for a cozy, bohemian vibe.
Add Life to Your Home With Flowers and Plants
Plants and flowers can also help your home look more welcoming. Not only do plants look nice, but they can also help boost your mood, reduce fatigue, provide allergy relief, and purify the air.
If you’re new to the world of houseplants, we suggest you choose ones that are easy to maintain. Here are some of the easiest houseplants to take care of:
- Spider plants (also known as mother-in-law plants)
- Hedgehog aloe
- ZZ plants
- Dracaena giganta
- Ponytail palm
- Chinese evergreen
- English ivy
In addition to houseplants, it can also be fun to buy fresh flowers for yourself each week. We suggest buying a nice vase to put on your kitchen table or coffee table and then making a nice arrangement using the flowers you bought.
Add a Colorful Rug
Adding a colorful rug to your space is another great way to make your home appear more welcoming, especially if you have hardwood floors.
The great thing about rugs is that they can be added to so many areas of your home to provide texture and warmth. You can add an area rug to your bedroom or living room, a runner for your hallway, and small rugs for your bathroom and entry points.
Rugs are basically artwork for your floor, so you’ll want to spend some time looking at the different color combinations in your home to figure out what works best for each space. Here are some tips that can help you choose the right rug:
- When placing a rug underneath your dining room table, you want to choose one that reaches at least 2 feet on each side (you can check out this guide to learn where to buy dining room furniture)
- If your primary furniture items (aka, your sofa and chairs) are solid colors, then consider buying a patterned rug
- Match the secondary color in your rug to the primary color in your sofa
- Match a solid-colored rug with the accents in your home
It’s also important to remember that there are many different types of rugs to choose from. Make sure to do your research on each one before buying, as each comes with their pros and cons. For example, while sheepskin rugs are very beautiful, they’re not the best for homes with children and pets.
Add Texture to Your Home
Adding texture to your home can also help make it more welcoming and inviting. When we say textural, we’re talking about objects that you love to touch or feel compelled to touch.
Here are some simple ways you can add more texture to your home:
- Place woven baskets around your home that store extra throw blankets and pillows
- Opt for inviting fabrics such as velvet, knit, linen, and faux fur
- Pile on the pillows and blankets on your couches and chairs (the more color, the better!)
- Invest in a bookshelf or stack your books in a neat pile
- Lay out some books on your coffee table
- Arrange your books according to color
- Mix different materials like ceramics, leather, and wood to create an appealing tactile experience
- Hang up a decorative mirror or some cozy curtains
As you can see, there are many simple things you can do to add more texture to your home.
Don’t Leave Your Walls Bare
Leaving your walls bare is perhaps the biggest mistake you can make when trying to create a cozy home. The great thing about wall space is that there’s so much room to work with, and it’s easy to change up your wall decor if you get sick of it.
When most people think of wall decor, they think of hanging paintings or photos. However, there are all kinds of things you can add to your walls to make your home more welcoming, including:
- A colorful or textured tapestry
- Floating bookshelves
- Vintage mirrors
- Patterned wallpaper
- Hanging plates or murals
If you have a lot of different things you want to hang, you can always put up a gallery wall.
Are You Ready to Create a Welcoming Home?
Now that you’ve read this guide, it’s time for you to put these tips to use so you can create a welcoming home. Before you know it, your space will be feeling cozier and more inviting than ever before.
For more tips on how to improve the look of your home, be sure to check back in with our blog.