Whether you live alone or have a family, a warm and welcoming home is essential. Warm and welcoming spaces are not that hard to create. Investing in your home and focusing on what your home features are important. So, just how can you create a warm and welcoming home – perhaps with what you have got, or perhaps from scratch?
1. Give Each Room a Purpose, Style, and Theme
To kick off the process the right way, you have to focus on giving each room purpose, style, and theme. Trying to tackle your whole home at once is no good. Instead, you need to focus on doing one room at a time. Think about how you want the rooms to feel, and think about what overall look you want to create. Look at what you currently have going on and see how it matches up to your expectations. For example, does your master bedroom look like it is a warm and welcoming master suite, or has it turned into a dumping ground?
2. Seating and Places to Relax
A welcoming home is one that is comfortable to be in. Comfort can come in many shapes and forms. Ensuring that you have lots of spaces to sit and relax in is essential. From formal dining areas to relaxing living rooms that feature a big bean bag chair, couches, and a sofa, the seating that you add matters. To make sure you don’t swamp a room with your seating, you need to look at how big the room is, and then you need to size up the seating you are looking at. Cozy and comfortable is easier to achieve when you know how much space you have to play with.
3. Focus on Textures
Mixing textures is easier to do than you may think, and it can be done cheaply too. For example, in your living room, you could add texture in the throws or pillows that you use. Or you could mix and match by adding textured drapes and plain throws and cushions. Texture can help any room feel inviting, and it is important to be bold with texture. Being brave and using clashing textures will pay off, and it will give you a space that feels comfortable and enjoyable to be in.
4. Don’t Be Afraid to Add Personality
You do not want your home to look like it has been plucked straight out of a home decor magazine. To avoid this happening, you need to focus on adding personality to every area of your home. Adding photo frames filled with pictures of loved ones and adding trinkets is important. These will not only invoke memories, but they will also make your home feel more wholesome and welcoming.
5. Pillows, Blankets, Throws and Cushions
Throws, cushions and pillows can help tie a room together, and they help spaces feel snug and cozy. When you are adding pillows, cushions, and throws, you need to focus on mixing and matching styles and shapes. If you are just going with square or rectangular-shaped cushions or pillows, you will find that your space will look quite boring and unappealing. However, if you mix it up and use bolster cushions and pillows, oversized pillows, and layered throws, you will see the positive and warming effect it will have.
6. Layering is Always Great
Spaces can feel more inviting and welcoming when they are layered. Layering is easy and simple to do and can be done with rugs, throws, cushions, and even drapes. When you are using layering within your home, always remember that more is better. If you are layering rugs, you need at least 3 to make it have that wow factor. Similarly, if you are layering fabrics and soft furnishings, think about clashing prints, patterns, and textures to make a statement.
7. Don’t Forget About the Outside Areas
You can spend a lot of time focusing on the interior of your home, and sometimes this means you neglect the exterior portion of your home. Working on the outdoor area and focusing on the exterior of your home is important because you will want this to feel warm and welcoming too. Adding plenty of seating areas, entertaining spaces, chill-out places, and a variety of cherubs and plants (for privacy and sheltering) will help make any space feel inviting.
8. Add Natural Elements Indoors
Natural elements can be brought inside, and they can help to make any space feel a lot warmer and more homely. For example, houseplants that are scattered throughout your home will give spaces a more natural feel and look. Similarly, fresh-cut flowers can brighten up a space, and make it feel inviting and warm. When you are looking at adding houseplants or flowers, try to make them a centerpiece of your home and not something that has just been stuck or pushed into a corner.