Creating a warm, inviting atmosphere in your brand new home isn’t just for the benefit of your visitors. You and your family members want to enjoy a warm, welcoming home as well! Luckily, there are some simple, creative ways to add a quick dose of warmth to each room.
1. Use Soft Colours in Your Entryway
The entryway is the first place you see when you walk into your home. So, why not establish a warm atmosphere for your home right away? One idea is to use soft pastel colours in your entryway. For instance, you could put down a light blue area rug featuring an attractive pattern. Place a loveseat in the entryway with a couple light blue throw pillows on it or scatter them on the bench seat.
A mirror with an elegant gold frame would be a pleasing touch. It would also reflect and enhance the natural light coming into the room from the front door.
2. Light Scented Candles
Picking up on a pleasant fragrance when you walk in the door of a home helps to set an inviting tone. There are so many scented candle fragrances available today it’s easy to find a few you love (plug-in air fresheners make a great alternative if you prefer). Some notable relaxing scents include:
3. Incorporate Soft Lines
Walking into a room that encompasses soft lines in the décor can help to put a person at ease. The person may not even realize why he or she suddenly feels more comfortable!
For example, an oval table in your dining room is one example of a furniture piece with soft lines. A circular coffee table would be an impressive touch in the great room. End tables with rounded edges also add a pleasant flow to the general tone of your décor. You can also consider using an oval area rug in the dining room or the bedroom to add a sense of softness.
4. Put Personal Touches in Every Room
Displaying family photos, crafts made by kids and souvenirs from family trips are all personal touches that add warmth to a home. Decorating with meaningful items conveys a little about your family’s life and makes your home appear more personable.
5. Mix Some Plants into the Décor
Houseplants are excellent additions to a home because many of them absorb airborne toxins and release oxygen. As a bonus, their colours and textures can contribute to the warm tone of your rooms.
If you have a room with beige or white walls, try adding a snake plant to the area. This plant’s dark green, wavy leaves will bring a snap of colourful interest to the space. Other houseplants with dark green leaves include pothos, philodendrons and Boston ferns.
6. Eliminate Clutter on Tables
Some tables attract more clutter than others. For instance, a table in the entryway is a really convenient place to put letters, junk mail, keys, bags and even folders from work. These things pile up very quickly giving an untidy look to a room. Instead, keep a bin or basket in these areas where you can stow these items out of sight until you can put them away later.
7. Mix Pops of Colour and Patterns into Rooms
Vibrant colour can make any room more inviting to family as well as visitors. If you have a room with neutral or white carpet or walls, try to include some artwork with lots of colour. Or, if your sofa and other furniture items are neutral, add an area rug with a brightly coloured, zig-zag pattern. Artwork with a pop of dramatic colour or a rug with lively patterns can quickly become the highlight of the room.
8. Enhance Natural Sunlight
The natural light flowing through a skylight or a set of large windows instantly adds an airy, inviting atmosphere to a room. So, if you have some natural light flowing into a room, make the most of it. For example, putting up white curtains can reflect the light coming in. Keep tall furniture away from windows so they can’t block the sunlight.
9. Provide Soft Lighting
If you don’t have natural light in every room, try putting in some soft lighting. Pendant lights are an attractive, modern idea in the kitchen. They would fit right in above a spacious kitchen island with a couple seats for family members who want to sit at the eating lip.
Choosing the right shade for a floor lamp or table lamp can soften the lighting in a corner of the great room or a bedroom. Lamp shades come in all different colours and shapes.
10. Create Small, Comfortable Nooks
A nook in the great room complete with an easy chair, reading lamp and ottoman gives a comfortable vibe to the entire room. Setting up similar nooks like this throughout your home gives you places to go when you want to read, listen to music or just relax.
For example, in one corner of your bedroom, set up a plush chair with a side table near a window. This will make a great place to get away and cozy up with a hot cup of tea when you want some peace and quiet.
It doesn’t take much time or effort to add special touches to a room to make it more inviting for everyone. Most importantly, though, focus on what sorts of décor make you feel at ease. After all, it's your home and you deserve to relax at the end of a long day.
For more helpful home decor advice, check out our previous posts "6 Home Decor Solutions for Common Complaints" and "How to Mix High and Low End Décor for Ravishing Results".