creating a welcoming home

Having a dinner party, or inviting friends over this winter and worried about your home not feeling like "home" for your guests? Here are five tips and tricks to create a welcoming home. Follow these and your guests will never want to leave!

Creating a welcoming home goes beyond buying pretty things. Sadly, you can buy good furniture and nice things, but you can’t buy comfort. Luckily, we are here to help you create this comfort. We want to help you master the art of having a warm, welcoming home that will be sure to dazzle all who come through and visit over the holidays and cold winter months. Here are 5 steps to creating a welcoming home…

Be true to your own original style

If you are true to your style and personality, your home will inevitably have a warm and welcoming feel to it. If you live in an older home, or one that already has lots of charm and character, you are starting with a leg up. Don’t be afraid to mix and match different styles until you get your personal style to shine through. Reflect your personality and people will always feel at home.

Check the lighting

Be sure to install soft, diffused lighting. The perfect balance is to create a flattering glow with enough light to still be able to see what you're doing. You can try lighting candles and turning on lamps if you don’t like your overhead lighting.

All about the furniture

Furniture plays a large role in the comfort-ability of your home. Choose furniture that is overstuffed and plush to make people feel welcome. Use a lot of pillows and throw blankets if you don’t have fluffy couches and chairs. Add some ottomans to make people feel like they are sleeping, which automatically makes them feel more comfortable.

Also, make sure that you have comfortable dining room seating; it’s essential for hosting dinner parties.

Make sure that the seating encourages conversation

Make sure the furniture is arranged in a way that people can easily converse. You can accomplish this by making sure that all of the furniture is placed within talking distance of each other. Square or circle seating is a good option with the middle area open for a coffee table.

Random textural updates

The use of neutral tones and textural fabrics can help a home feel cozier. Adding things from the outdoors (plants, branches, etc.,) can give a home more of a comfortable, eco friendly, chic look. Also, adding handmade artwork and vintage items help make people feel at home.

Last, but not least, don’t forget to turn on some music and light some good smelling candles (or bake some cookies) before your guests arrive. All of these tips will help you make sure that your guests feel warm and welcomed this winter. Don’t forget most importantly to show lots of love and just be yourself. If you do all of these things, your guests will be sure to have an amazing time and will probably never want to leave.

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