Perhaps you’ve been living in the same old routine for way too long and have spending most of your down time scrolling through inspirational photos on Pinterest for interesting ways to soften up your home’s aesthetic. Make it more appealing to the eyes, more welcoming to your guests, and add a few more Instagram-worthy decor pieces to modernize the place. There’s just one thing, it’s has to be a budget-friendly project! Most homeowners would agree that being financially conscious while making home improvements is important to making the whole project “work”. Because who wants to live in a beautifully decorated home with no money left over to fill the fridge, right?
Luckily, being cost savvy and putting forward the utmost quality is our forte and it doesn’t stop at the door for us at Clera Windows and Doors. We’re in the business of making homes more beautiful and functional. Having a home that is warm and inviting is not only great for impressing your guests, but it is good for you. It’s always better to come home to a place that you love, one that makes you feel happy when you look around and can simply enjoy your space. Our home design experts can share a few tips on how to make your home more inviting to your guests, but be warned – they may never want to leave!
1. Never underestimate the power of curb appeal
Let your front door set the stage for what your guests can expect when they approach your home. Winter may of taken a toll on the exterior of your home but us Canadians know, a good sweep and a power wash can get rid of road salt residue and dirt left behind after the snow melted. A good tidy of your porch a fresh new “Welcome” mat and maybe a potted flower arrangement or two is just what it takes to give your guests a warm welcome.
2. Capture your guests’ attention
Once you enter your home, it’s great design tip to use bold colours, combined with great lighting to create a focal point at the farthest point of the room, an area that draws the attention of the person walking through the front door. What this does is it creates interest in the room and makes your guests want to come in and explore more of the home. A great idea for this would be maybe to paint a bold coloured accent wall and hang a painting. Let a lot of natural light from your windows flow into this area or play with cool lighting ideas in this area. The design opportunities for this area are endless, it really should be a reflection of your personal style and taste combined with some great ideas you snagged from Pinterest.
3. Create a comfortable space
View your living space from a distance and consider whether or not it would be easy for someone to flow through the room. When was the last time your rearranged your large furniture pieces in your living area? There’s nothing more uninviting than a room you have to twist and squeeze through to get from point A to point B. Your living room should embody an open concept to be truly welcoming. Maybe you don’t need three side tables even though it’s more convenient for you to reach the remote or set down your coffee beside every sofa and chair. Free up some space by getting rid of non-essential furniture pieces and try a fresh new arrangement on the furniture pieces you decide to keep. Remember, give oversized furniture the space it needs to actually appear big in a room instead of having it squished up against other pieces.
4. Textiles for days
A warm and inviting home, you can never have too many textiles! Throw in a neutral tone shag rug that you and your guests can snuggle your feet into while you relax. Add pops of colours and patterns with throw pillows and even a lap blanket. There’s no such thing as going overboard with textiles, they soften up the room, the make the room comfortable and more inviting.
5. Let there be light
Rooms with a lot of natural light are naturally more inviting. A room that has the sun flowing through it almost seems as if there’s nothing to hide. It shines upon every surface and really highlights the rooms decor. The great thing about natural sunlight is that you can control the amount you let in as the day progresses. With the right window treatment you can give the room the right dose of light and privacy every room needs.
6. Make your home scent-sational
Every home has its own smell and that’s not necessarily a bad thing, but it could be if you have got so accustomed to your son’s hockey equipment stinking up the laundry room and seeping into the front foyer of your house that it no longer bothers you. On the contrary, you could visit grandma’s house on a Sunday and it would smell heavenly of baked bread and cookies. Nonetheless, your guests visiting your home for the first time will be arriving with a fresh palette for scents and will be privy to every detail of it. So, be sure to freshen up your home by letting fresh air flow through your windows and bring in some natural fragrances with fresh flowers, air purifying house plants, or essential oils.
If your windows are constantly getting stuck and are getting trickier and trickier to open and close, it may be time to consider replacing them. Every home should be able to enjoy the pleasures of letting fresh air flow through as often as they’d like. Whenever you’re shopping for new replacement windows, there’s no harm in getting the helpful advice from the professionals. Get connected with a specialist at Clera Windows and Doors and get more information for your home. We’ll be happy to give you more insight on whether or not your current door frame system will be compatible with you brand new replacement door for many years to come. Contact Clera Window and Doors today to find a specialist in your area and to book a free consultation.