Your home is where people gather to relax and unwind—whether it’s you and your family after a long day, or your friends as you get together for the weekend. As such, it’s important to style and fix your house in a way that’s comfortable and welcoming. From adding textures to regulating your room temperature, here are five tips to make your home more inviting for anyone who walks through your doors.
Stick to Warm Colours
Creating a comfy environment starts with the overarching colour of your interiors. In a previous article on ‘Warm Tones’, we suggested some trendy shades that can help make your rooms more pleasant and easy on the eyes, like terracotta, forest green, golden mustard, and berry-red. In other words: earthy tones. Designing your rooms with these colours in mind will surely create a warm and inviting atmosphere.
If you can’t pinpoint what exactly makes a space look inviting, it’s probably the texture. Texture is what adds “visual weight” to an otherwise flat room, as recommended by design experts from North Wales Interiors. Therefore, these textures help decide the overall feel of a space. For instance, a chunky throw blanket over your living room sofa can incite feelings of comfort even when you’re just looking at it. Fuzzy rugs and sheepskin seat covers will have the same effect and will make your home feel much more inviting.
Mind the Temperature
There’s nothing more uncomfortable than being in a freezing room—especially when you’re a guest. Therefore, one of the best ways to ensure that your home remains cosy is by maintaining your central heating system all year-round. Heating systems can last for 15+ years, depending on how well they are maintained. It will definitely cost more to keep replacing them every time they break down, which is why HomeServe emphasise the importance of getting your heating systems checked by professionals on a regular basis. This way, they’ll be able to last for much longer, keeping you warm during the colder months and nights. Plus, you can relax knowing that the house’s heating system isn’t likely to randomly malfunction in the middle of a freezing cold day.
Use an Air Purifier
Besides temperature, air quality is also an important factor in any cosy home. After all, it’s impossible to stay comfortable if you have dust, smoke, and pollen floating around your house. An air purifier can remedy this by sucking out the dirty air and filtering the pollutants, before blowing it out clean. Tom’s Guide notes how air purifiers are especially helpful for households with pets, as animals have the tendency to collect dust and pollen on their coats. This is a simple change that can have a big impact of the quality of living in your home.
Warm temperatures and moist air aren’t the only things that can make homes feel cosy; scent is a huge part of that too. Scented candles not only look and feel warm when they’re lit up, but they also make your house smell wonderful. You don’t even need a lot either. At most, you can place them in rooms where people hang around the most, like the living room or kitchen. If you or your guests are sensitive to fragrances, we find that creating your own potpourri (a mixture of plants and spices) can provide the same effect.
Creating a warm and comfy home isn’t as much of a challenge as you might think. In fact, you’ve probably already got some of these tips ticked off of your list. With a few extra pillows and a candle or two, you’ll soon have a space that is so homey and snug that nobody will ever want to leave it.
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