Any homemaker knows that styling and decorating your house to look Pinterest-worthy is tougher than the interior design websites make it seem. Striking up a balance between the sleek, modern look, and a cozy, inviting home is tricky and takes a keen eye.
Whether you’re looking to sell your home or make it more inviting for guests or just yourself, here are a few helpful steps you can take to make your home feel like somewhere everyone wants to be.
Decorate Your Entrance Hall
First impressions matter. The very first thing you and your guests will see when you walk through the front door is your entrance area. Giving it a little TLC certainly couldn’t hurt and will make the experience of entering your home a more pleasant one.
This doesn’t even take much effort – with some flowers or plants in a pretty vase on your trestle table, a nice hallway vintage rug on the floor, and somewhere to hang your coat, you’ll make things feel homey and inviting.
Avoid Open Spaces
Many of us like the ultra-modern and minimalist look but beware of making your house look cold and clinical in the process. Simplicity is a great style to have in your home, but too many large open spaces in a room or on the wall can look a little bare, boring, and impersonal.
Create an intimate area in your living room by grouping your seating together, filling up empty spaces on the wall, and filling other gaps in the room with side tables, rugs, indoor plants, and other cozy décor elements.
Work With Layers
Nothing screams homey and welcoming like cozy layers of blankets, cushions, and throws that beg you to lie down and wrap yourself up in them. This will add warmth and make it look like people actually live in your house and are allowed to get comfy.
The layering rule can be extended to another décor in your house too. You can layer your home with accessories like blankets and cushions, but also trays and trinkets and even day-to-day items like books you might want to display.
Make it Au Natural
There’s something about natural design elements that make a room extra enticing and inviting. By decorating your home with natural elements, you’ll bring a sense of peace and harmony into your space that’s hard for anyone to resist.
Consider using wood and stone in your home, bringing in loads of plants, taking advantage of natural light and even drawing on natural earthy tones for inspiration for your color palette.
Use Wonderful Aromas
One final way to make your home feel welcoming is to play at the senses. Not only should your house look inviting, but it should smell inviting too. Use scented candles, incense sticks, essential oil diffusers or even a home fragrance machine to keep your home smelling wonderful and welcoming.
Try not to pick scents that are too overpowering, and avoid using these in rooms like the kitchen and dining room where you’ll be cooking and eating – nobody wants the scent of clean linen overpowering the smell of their freshly baked muffins.