As soon as someone walks through the door of your home they get a sense of how you have created the space. Making sure that your home feels inviting is important for when guests come over or people enter your home.

It’s also handy to understand how to make your home feel welcoming when it’s ready to be sold. The task of making your home feel welcoming, comfortable and stylish can seem daunting, especially if you’re in the  process of moving or starting over somewhere new. Even entertaining guests during busy times of the year can overshadow seeing the overall welcoming picture of your home. We have some tips for you to help you make sure that every person who walks through the doors of your home feels welcome and cozy inside its walls.

Start with the Entryway

The absolute first impression of your home that people get other than the outside appearance is that of the entryway. The minute people walk through the front door, they’re getting a sense of your home and property. There’s certain accessories that you can add for a simple touch that can make a big difference in the way your home is portrayed. Depending on how your entryway is set up, there are small pieces that you can use to give the entryway of your home an instant feeling of being inviting.

An example of an effective accessory would be a grandfather clock, which is stately and has a charming touch. A rug or succession of rugs also gives a sense of warmth and can add a lot to an entryway. This is particularly useful for homes in colder climates. It’s also important to make practical use of mirrors and lighting in your home’s entryway. If the entryway is a porch, a classic bench is a great piece to make visitors feel like they’re right at home.

Entice the Senses

Once visitors get inside your home, there are several small ways that make an impact on how guests feel inside of your home. Candles are a small touch that work quite well. Since our senses help us make associations, candles with the scent of flowers, cookies, or even cinnamon are a great way to help visitors feel welcome. These scents are very much associated with the feeling of “home.” Many times, it’s effective to burn these types of candles while an open house is going on. The small touch helps to further entice interested buyers.

Keep Delicate Items To A Minimum

When you’re in a museum or a china store, you often feel like you can’t walk around because you’re afraid of breaking something. While it’s certainly acceptable to have nice things in your home, you don’t want anyone walking around it to feel as if they’re in a museum. Part of developing a welcoming feeling in your home is making sure people actually feel comfortable there. These are some thoughts on how to give your home an inviting touch. Now, over to you- what makes you feel welcome in a home? 

The quaintness that comes with a small home can be irresistible and there are a lot of benefits to choosing a small home too. Not only do they usually come with a cheaper price tag but they are also cheaper to heat and keep cool as well. Homeowners often feel stumped, however, on how to make the most out of their new homes after move in day.

Below are some tips for making the most of your small space. Whether it’s just one room or your whole house, you’ll feel like you’ve found some extra square footage.

Master of illusions – choose curtain rods that are wider than your window frame and install them close to ceilings so that the entire window frame is visible when curtains are open. Curtains should also come two inches above the floor. This set up will allow maximum amount of light to enter the room and make the room appear larger than it is.

Reflect – adding mirrors, glass and see-through furniture provides plenty of opportunity for more light to be reflected throughout the room and create the illusions that there is more space than there is.

Be bold – choose large art pieces instead of opting for a gallery wall. Choosing a large landscape piece will add an “extra window view’ while a statement piece adds extra oomph.

In plain sight – in small spaces storage can be an issue. Instead of trying to cram everything away into nooks and crannies consider putting things right out in the open. By arranging things in the open in a thoughtful way, it will look like an intentional statement instead of a cluttered mess. Use hooks and shelves to your advantage.

Make space – get creative and maximize the square footage you have. Placing counters over a washer and dryer and installing slide out drawers in cabinets are two great ways to make the most out of limited space

Color matters – warm and dark colors eat up light and can make your space feel small. Choosing a color palette consisting mostly of neutrals, cool tones, and light colors will ensure your space stays bright and therefore, appears larger.

Spread out – sconces and lamps placed throughout the room evenly spread light around as opposed to a single overhead fixture which creates dark corners.

Quality over quantity – a few large pieces of furniture that fill up the room may seem counterintuitive but it will actually make the room appear larger than it is. Prioritizing important pieces will be key since it will mean less will fit in the room but the effect will be well worth the effort.

Show some leg – furniture with exposed legs allows for visual space under furniture making the room appear less stuffed

It can be overwhelming after move in day to figure out how to prevent your cozy new home from feeling overcrowded with stuff. With these tips in hand you’ll be able to create a space that feels spacious and homey, so you can sit back and enjoy your adorable new house!

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