Having a home that is inviting that beckons to visitors and lingers in the minds of guests makes for both an enjoyable and memorable place. And there’s a bonus benefit to creating a home that is inviting to guests: it’s often more inviting to you, too! We’ve got ten tips to try that will help you craft a home that welcomes everyone who walks through its doors, though warning, it may make them never want to leave!
- Let your front door and entryway set the inviting tone first
Don’t underestimate the inviting power of some good curb appeal. Winter’s been tough for everyone (and may still be raging where you are) but a quick front stoop clean and a bright welcome mat does wonders. We’re also suckers for cute signs by the front door that say “hello.” Want a quick trick for an entryway to add instant inviting vibes? Add a big green leafy plant right to the side of the inside of your front door (if one will fit). Guests get a big eyeful of green life as soon as your door is opened.
- Use color and other design tricks to pull eyes through your space
Consider a guest’s first view of your space and pay special attention to designing the farthest point of that view. Like painting the far wall across from your front door in a bold accent color, adding fun art or lighting, or anything else that will capture attention. This will almost literally pull people into and through your home, creating this feeling that they want to stay awhile and explore your space.
- Make getting into your seating arrangement and around your furniture easy
You might not mind moving a chair out of the way to get behind the dining table, but guests don’t normally feel comfortable in spaces they don’t understand how to traverse. Small homes especially need to be on the look out for this uninviting culprit. The idea is to make moving through your home getting from the front door to comfy seating areas, the kitchen, the bathroom and more obstacle-less. Don’t squish over-sized furniture so closely that no one can squeeze through, and don’t put so many floor pillows on the ground guests have to crawl through them like an obstacle-course. And, this is of course tough for parents, but try to corral the toys out of the way to deter tripping!
- Go way overboard with leafy, long, trailing, green fluffy crazy plants
This is pretty self-explanatory. Lots of plants just bring life into a space, and make it feel like the kind of welcoming place you want to spend an afternoon.
- Go overboard with soft textiles, too
Perhaps the most obvious suggestion on the list, but it’s still incredibly effective. Go for plush rugs or layer them like a champ. Go for deep furniture, floor pillows and soft ottomans and benches. Frame textiles for wall art. More room softening ideas.