Your home is your haven; a place where you can unwind, be yourself and be surrounded by your loved ones and favourite possessions. How you style your home is completely up to personal preference, but there are some simple and uncostly things you can do to make it as cosy, welcoming and inviting as possible. Not only will this improve your quality of life, but it will also impress your guests.
What’s more, if you are considering putting your home up for sale, making your home feel as inviting as possible and is the key to all real estate success and is fundamental to securing desired offers.
Heed the 8 top tips below for how to make your home more inviting, and you will create a place that you and your family love to come home to at the end of the day.
1. Spruce up your outdoor area
First impressions are everything, especially when it comes to homes. The outside area of a home says a lot about what’s on the inside, and arriving home to a neatly-presented, aesthetically pleasing outside entrance will bring you, and your guests, more joy.
If you have a pathway leading to your front door, ensure that it is neat and clean, and replace any paving slabs that are cracked or covered with weeds. You could also adorn your doorstep with potted plants, a high-quality doormat and garden ornaments to give it a personal touch.
2. Make your entrance hall welcoming
Once inside the house, the entrance hall must set the tone for the rest of the house. This means that it’s important for the entrance hall to be clean, bright and positively reflect you and your family.
Decorate your hallway with light and bright colours on the walls and floors, and maybe add a console table which you can top with beautiful flower vases. And, if you can, keep any shoe racks and coat pegs discreet or out of view, as they can look messy.
3. Select a warming scent
Appealing to all five human senses is the key to sparking joy and comfort in any space, and so you mustn’t forget about the powerful scent of smell.
Burn candles or use reed diffusers or popery to emit a subtle homely scent that will drift through the hallway and into the rest of the house. You may even choose to have different scents for different rooms, e.g. a fresh citrus scent for bathrooms, and a warm wood scent for the bedrooms.
4. Soften artificial lighting
One of the simplest ways to make your home more inviting is to swap out stark artificial lighting for warm, softer lighting. Choose light bulbs with a yellow tone instead of a white tone especially for rooms that feature soft furnishings and are designed for relaxing, e.g. living rooms and bedrooms.
5. Invest in high-quality curtains and blinds
Curtains and blinds have the ability to transform any room. Not only are high quality blinds practical for blocking out daylight and increasing your home’s privacy, but they can also create a more sophisticated atmosphere.
Vertical blinds, for example, are sleek, sophisticated and modern, and their versatility makes them ideal for all home styles and appropriate for all rooms.
6. Experiment with textiles
Adding textiles and fabrics to your home will help to add more depth and will, therefore, create a cosier atmosphere. Play around with fluffy cushions, patterned pillows, blankets, rugs and upholstery in your living room and in the bedrooms. You will find that doing so will make your home feel a lot more inviting.
7. Inject pops of colour
Even if your home has a minimalist style, it doesn’t need to be bland. Injecting pops of colour in the form of statement walls or tiling, textiles, flowers or artwork will make a room look more dynamic and more lived-in, which will, in turn, create a more homely atmosphere.
8. Buy real plants
Plants breathe life into a room (quite literally). Adding house plants to your home will give it a homely touch and make it feel more inviting.
There are some plants that require more maintenance than others, so if you prefer to enjoy your plants without putting in a lot of work, opt for one of the easy-to-care-for plants below:
Chinese Money Plant
Fiddle Leaf Fig
However, if real plants are too much hassle, fake plants can look equally as impressive, and don’t require any maintenance!
When it comes to making your home more inviting, the devil is in the detail. Consider revamping the lighting, the home scent, soft furnishings, textiles and the colours in your home to achieve ultimate comfort and luxury.
Make these simple changes today and your house will become a home.