Home sweet home, how we miss you when we’re away! There’s nothing more comforting than the warmth of our bed in winter, than the softness of our favorite sofa after a long day at work. Our stress melts away slowly, our mood brightens, and we can be ourselves whenever we step through the door of our house. So, how do we make our home feel even better? How do we turn it into a real sanctuary, and make it look warm and inviting? We’ve got a few tips for you.
Light up the room
The first one on the list because most people tend to make a mistake here. Lighting affects our mood and our comfort, and you really want to avoid harsh lights as much as possible. Adjustable switches are a good idea, and make sure that there are always multiple sources of lighting, especially in big rooms. You want to have enough control so you could make the room bright in case you’re sitting down to read or work on something, or give it a romantic mood if you’re having a date, or dinner with friends.
It’s a bit sad to walk into a home and have it look bare. It looks cold and clinical when there aren’t enough details around, and to solve this, you want to add texture in form of lush carpeting and nice curtains. Hardwood furniture, textured wallpaper, and couch covers help as well, and they make the room look interesting and keep it spacious. Little things like these make a big difference.
Warmth from the first step
Most of us feel a small measure of relief as soon as we see the doors to our home. Comfort waits inside, so we want to make the entrance look appealing and inviting to anyone who approaches it. Simple things like outdoor mats are really practical, and they’re a simple, effective form of decoration, especially if they have a welcoming message written on them. Your friends will be eager to visit such a nice home, and hey, friends tend to bring booze, so lure them in this way.
An abundance of pillows and blankets
Want a place that looks fun and cozy? Just add pillows and blankets. There’s no easier way to decorate, and pillows definitely contribute to giving your home the appearance of a small paradise. If there’s something comfortable everywhere you turn, then you’ll always feel safe and relaxed, and you can even make your own pillowcases if you like to sew and want to save some bucks.
Aromatherapy for the mood
Let the soothing scents of jasmine, sandalwood or lavender fill your home. Scents have a very potent ability to evoke certain moods and memories, so why not light some incense or use aromatherapy oil to turn your home into a haven?
Don’t forget the bathroom
We spend our mornings and our evenings getting ready in the bathroom, and if we’re surrounded by cold tiles and muted, gloomy colors all the time, it might make us grumpy and more likely to start the day off on the wrong foot. Always have clean, fuzzy towels at hand, and bring some brightness in with colorful soap dispensers, towel racks and toothbrush holders. Little jars, boxes and drawers where you keep your necessities neat and tidy will also make everything more inviting.
When guests come over, it’s good to always have spare bedding at hand. Clean, fresh sheets feel good against our skin and help us sleep, and they make it seem like your guests are welcome. It’s very nice when the sheets match the covers and the pillowcases, as this can be a decoration on its own. Silk is a good material to sleep on, but regular cotton is fine as well.
Having a welcoming home isn’t difficult, as long as you put your love and your creativity into decorating it to suit your tastes. Both you and your guests will always feel good there if the place has a touch of your personality in every corner.
This article was written by Samantha Braddy, a contributor from High Style Life.