Your home speaks volumes about you so it’s very important that you craft a home that makes everyone who walks through the doors feel welcomed. With the entertaining season around the corner, everyone is certainly expecting a lot of houseguests to show up. Whether they’re just stopping by for dinner or wish to spend the night, there are certain things you must remember to make your guests feel extra comfortable. We have compiled a list of 10 things that will ensure your house is in top-notch condition when guests arrive. Follow these tips for a beautiful home that welcomes guests without any words being used:
1. Let the inviting tone be set by the entrance
Never underestimate how appealing a good curb can be for guests. It’s important your entryway is tidy and clean as that is the first thing people see when they enter. A well-maintained garden, a simple welcome mat, and a well-lit hallway will go a long way in setting a nice first impression. Make sure the entrance to your curb is lit as well ensuring that your guests will not have to stand in the dark while they wait for you to greet them.
2. Capture attention with the right use of colors
Consider your guest’s view as they walk into your home while giving your house fresh interiors or re-designing your home. The wall farthest away from the entrance of the house should be painted a bold color or should have a striking artwork hung on it. These kinds of ideas will capture your guests’ attention and they will further want to explore your space.
3. Seating arrangements should be kept as simple as possible
Even though this sounds simple, a lot of people- especially those who live in small apartments or homes don’t manage to do it well. A room should be easily navigable for the guests without the trouble of having to climb around or over chairs and couches.
4. Lighting matters
Lighting plays a very crucial role in setting a welcoming note about the house. Various layers of lights from ambient, to task to overhead will definitely give an ethereal feeling about your home. Dimmer on overhead lighting, especially over the dining table is strongly recommended.
5. A touch of nature adds life.
You should bring as much as outside as you can on the inside. Plants give a sense of freshness and will make every guest feel welcomed. Combined with simple furniture and natural lighting, plants instill a crisp and clean aura. In such a surrounding your guests can really relax and feel at home.
6. Encourage conversation
When you lay out furniture it’s important to keep your guests in mind. The best way to encourage conversation is to make sure that all your main seating pieces are all facing each other. No matter whichever seat a guest chooses he/she should not feel left out from the conversation. An adequate space to set a drink for every guest seated should also be taken care of.
7. Cut the clutter
Piles of rubbish, magazines, and stacks of bills can clearly give a messy vibe and can stress your guests out. No one wants to slide a stack of papers away before they set their coffee mug on the table or push aside laundry before they can sit on the couch. Tuck stacks of magazines and letters away to keep your space uncluttered and keep bathroom counters clear enough so that guests can wash up without having to worry about breaking or spilling something.
8. Your home should smell great.
When a guest walks in, one of the first things they are bound to notice is the smell of the place, so make sure it does smell nice. A good scent plays a huge role in how comfortable a guest feels at our home. Eject anything that may be cultivating a stink or a bad odor and inject nice fragrances into your home. Natural, softer scents have a pleasing effect on just about any person. The same goes for the smell of freshly baked goods.
9. Your décor should reflect your personality.
Wall prints, personalized artworks, and photographs are all ways to create a more inviting, warm and personal feeling at home. But remember not to go overboard as sometimes it gives the guests a vibe that they are intruding. Seeing an abundance of your personality on the walls is a must when you decorate your rooms.
10. Little things matter the most.
As clichéd as it sounds, at the end of the day it truly is the little things that count the most. The tiniest details are like the icing on the cake. Some of our personal favorites are a nice stack of magazines or books, fresh flowers, and a gorgeous bedside carafe.
We usually surround ourselves with like-minded people so things that we appreciate or love the most will be something our guests enjoy as well. And at the end of the day when everyone leaves, it’s the memories made that really counts.