Whether you’re a new homeowner or just want an interior design refresh, creating a welcoming atmosphere in each room can brighten the entire mood of the house. You may want to liven up the home’s atmosphere either for your own sake or to make a good first impression for future guests. No matter your reason, these tips for creating an inviting atmosphere in your home will help you be prepared to make simple and positive changes to your various living spaces.
Bright Colors for a Bright Mood
While darker colors provide your home with an intense, mysterious, and romantic mood, they may not create a pleasant atmosphere for every guest. Whenever possible, add pops of bright colors to your home’s palette. Light countertops, walls, and furniture will look beautiful in a well-lit room and warm up the atmosphere without it feeling as bright as a hospital. Contrast areas with bolder colors but keep the illuminating colors at the forefront of your design.
Make Sure Everything Works Well Together
In starter homes especially, one of the priorities is simply having all the necessary furniture. Once you’ve settled down and your budget has a little more wiggle room, you can afford to make every piece of furniture fit well into your home’s design. A harmonious interior practically begs guests and family members alike to sit down and enjoy their time spent in the area.
If your furniture pieces already match with each other but something still seems off, consider switching up the flooring to match your interior décor. A new floor, or even a new rug, can do wonders to amplify the coziness of a room.
Stay Aware of Your Home’s Smells
The most invisible part of the aspects that make homes inviting are the smells. If you’ve grown accustomed to certain negative smells, like pets, guests may find themselves put off from the rooms in your home and reluctant to spend too much time as your guest. Freshen up the air with candles or sprays, open windows, and keep the rooms clean to reduce pet smells. Before guests come over, empty any full trashcans—especially if you have an open-concept kitchen. You may need a second (or third) outside opinion to determine if you need to work on the scents in your home.
Keep Everything Easily Accessible
Last on this list of tips for creating an inviting atmosphere in your home is to open your space up and ensure that guests can easily access all pieces of furniture. If the space between pieces of furniture causes people to squeeze around other people or into tight spaces, the room’s atmosphere tightens as well. There’s a narrow line between cozy and uninviting; it’s important that you walk along it rather than create an inaccessible design with your furniture placement.