Top Tips to Make Your Home Feel Warm and Welcoming
It doesn’t matter whether you live in a small one bedroomed flat or a rambling seven-bedroom country pile: the one thing that we all have in common is that we want our homes to feel warm and welcoming whenever people visit.
Your home should feel like a sanctuary of comfort: a place where you are always safe to relax, unwind and spend time with the people that you love. Translating that atmosphere into your interiors isn’t always easy: everyone’s tastes are different, and so this feeling of warmth and comfort is something that will vary from home to home.
But one thing that all welcoming homes have in common is that leave guests wanting to linger a little longer, are full of happiness and laughter, and they ooze charm and character.
Want to recreate that feeling in your own home? Here are our top tips for creating a warm and welcoming atmosphere in your home, without spending a fortune:
The Warmth is in the Details
The most welcoming homes are those that are full of personal touches, truly unique to the family that lives there. The warmth is in the details. That means hanging plenty of family pictures, displaying ornaments and figurines that nod to your hobbies, and even displaying souvenirs from your holidays.
If you’re looking for some ornamental inspiration then we love the Willow Tree collection, which is perfect for bringing heart to family homes. You could also try lighting candles, which will quite literally bring warmth and light to any room. Without these kinds of personal touches, a home will feel lifeless and dull: like living in a hotel.
Use Texture and Colour
Have you ever noticed that corporate buildings and hotels rarely use colour in their décor? Their lifeless and empty feel is largely thanks to the mass use of white and grey when decorating. Colour will have a huge impact on how warm and homely a room feels, so make use of it as much as possible. Don’t be afraid to experiment!
If you’re not naturally enthusiastic about colour, then texture can also be used to add interest and warmth to a room. Use cushions, throws and knitted blankets to make sofas and seating areas feel inviting and create tactile spaces that people will want to be.
Say Goodbye to Clutter
Most homes have areas where clutter tends to build up. Hallways, stairwells and entrance porches are often the culprits for being loaded with discarded coats, shoes, bookbags and other everyday debris. Whilst it may seem convenient to store these things here, it is this kind of clutter that can stop a home from feeling welcoming and inviting.
Instead turn this dead space into something functional using clever (and affordable) storage solutions: a shoe rack or coat stand can make a huge difference. By moving clutter out of the entrance to your home, you can create a warm welcome from the minute you open your front door. Guests will be so impressed that they’ll never want to leave!