No matter how big or small your home is, there are lots of ways to make it cozy and inviting. You don’t need a large budget, just a little bit of thought and creativity.
Making An Entrance
If you have one, the front yard will create the first impression of your home. A neat and tidy outdoor space suggests your home is loved and cared for. Keep pathways free of clutter and debris. Sweep regularly and cut back any overgrown plants and bushes. Remove any weeds that have grown through the cracks.
Guests don’t always arrive and leave during daylight, so good lighting is also important. No only is it a must for safety; it also provides a cheery welcome.
Wash down the front door and if paintwork is chipped, give it a quick lick of paint. Similarly, refresh window sills and any other paintwork.
If you live in a rural location or if the weather is particularly bad, a boot scraper is a good idea to protect your flooring.
Once inside, the hallways should be kept free from clutter. If you don’t have hall cupboard, allocate an area for outdoor coats and shoes, etc. Wall hooks or hat racks work well.
It’s likely that your guests will spend most of their time in the living room. The first consideration is seating. Do you have adequate chairs to accommodate everyone? Rather than bringing in hard dining room chairs, opt for something more comfortable like Sack Daddy giant beanbags. Beanbags are ideal as they are fairly mobile and can be moved from room to room.
Heat and light are other considerations. Not everyone has the luxury of a roaring log fire, but ensure the room is adequately heated and ventilated. Lighting will take some consideration, depending on the room. Overhead lights can be harsh but are practical if you’re eating. Introduce lamps according to functionality. For example, if you spend time sitting and chatting, place a lamp close to the seating area.
Invest in a large tray to assist you in carrying snacks and drinks between the kitchen and living room. If you don’t have a permanent coffee table, occasional tables are practical. They can be folded when not in use for easy storage.
It’s not about everything being perfect. Your carpet may be a little worn, and the decor may have seen better days. This doesn’t matter. The addition of a cheerful rug and some photos or artwork are what your guests will notice. Embrace the Danish concept of Hygge. This is all about homeliness and gathering friends and family together, rather than keeping a perfect home.
The other room guests are likely to visit is the bathroom. It goes without saying that this should be kept clean and tidy. It should also be well-stocked with toilet rolls, clean hand towels, and soap, etc. Other little touches include scented candles and bowls of potpourri. Fresh flowers add an unexpected, luxurious touch.
When it comes to welcoming guests, think about their first impression and then focus on the rooms they’ll occupy. Forget perfection and concentrate on coziness instead. They won’t notice your old carpet; they’ll be too busy admiring the warm and inviting home you’ve created.
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