Often times homeowners decide to postpone having their home the way they wish due to their lifestyle with children, pets or other reasons they believe a welcoming home is not possible.
Our belief is that you should be able to live surrounded by the type of atmosphere that will make you feel welcomed and relaxed.
Remember your home is your retreat from the outside and it should make you feel comfortable, contented and uplifted.
Consider our 5 ways to make your home interior more welcoming.
1. Include Beautiful Finishing Touches
Enough can’t be said about how finishing touches make your home feel welcoming and luxurious. You can accessorize with just a few pieces or have as many items as your space, money and imagination will allow! If you have items that you have purchased or you love a special silver plate that your inherited, there is no reason not to display them. Perhaps you have a wonderful gift you received that is especially important to you. Make these pieces enhance your decor and give you the ongoing memories and reflections that you desire. You likely also own pieces that you have acquired over the years, or you may decide to purchase a whole new array of items. Finishing touches are extensive and can include art, mirrors, clocks, wall ornaments, plants, floral arrangements, decorative pillows, glass work, vases, bowls, jars, and many other decorative “bits and pieces” or Objet D’art. They can truly create your more welcoming home interior.
2. Create Little “Getaways”
If you have children, it is always nice to have a little area that parents can retreat to. This may include a sitting area in your master suite or a separate “parents room” that children are not allowed into. It should be adorned with furniture and accessories that suit the couple involved and it should clearly be comfortable and luxurious for parents to relax and enjoy at the close of a busy day. This space could also be used to pursue hobbies or other activities.
3. Set the Table
There is nothing like having a nicely set table to make you and your family feel special. It also helps to make your dining time open for relaxation and conversation, without the imposition of the outside world. A table with napkins, candles, and even a decorative centerpiece will make it feel like a “dinner” occasion. If this isn’t possible everyday, then try at least once a week to have a beautiful sit-down dinner with your family. If you live alone, invite friends or family over and they will appreciate this experience along with you.
4. Dress Up Those Windows
If your windows only have blinds or shutters, you are missing a wonderful addition to your home decor. Drapery and curtains give you the opportunity to add colour and texture to your rooms and can set the mood. From the dramatic to the delicate, windows that are properly adorned can give you an appealing loveliness . . . that definable air of relaxing luxury. High-end commercial spaces such as hotels and restaurants always have plentiful window dressings as a sign of luxury.
5. Elevate Lighting in All Spaces
Often overlooked, lighting levels can bring about a complete transformation to any room. Most people focus on task lighting for the purpose of reading, preparing food or other task orientated work. This task lighting together with the natural light from the windows or ambient light, makes illumination but it often doesn’t create atmosphere. In addition, many homes, especially new models do not always have huge windows that allow a large expanse of outside light. To give your room tone and mood, accent lighting needs to be used to provide this. Through floor lamps, table lamps and undermounted lamps, you can create lighting that will emphasize certain decor features such as ornaments, countertops or furniture. Making sure you add sufficient accent light will create a whole new luxurious feeling to your spaces. If you have lamps that are in good condition but are not in keeping with your new decor, then simply change the shades.
Should you wish to attain a more welcoming home, ask us.