How do you make your home welcoming? First, while the words ‘house’ and ‘home’ can be, and are often, used interchangeably, there is a huge difference between what a ‘house’ is and what a ‘home’ is.

A home is a place that feels welcoming and comfortable – kind of like your very own oasis! If you have just moved in, or you are looking for ways to make your space more “homey,” we have pulled together some ways that you can make your space feel more welcoming and comfortable, not only for yourself, but for your family, friends, and guests that visit!

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Here are our favorite ways to make your home welcoming:

 1 – Get a nice wreath and doormat.

It may seem small, but first impressions truly are everything! Pick out a nice, decorative wreath for your front door that matches the season, along with a welcome mat that guests can view before entering your home. Whether you are looking for a designed welcome mat or one with a funny saying it adds a nice appeal and will make your home welcoming!

2 – Create a nice ambiance.

Next, make sure there is a nice ambiance set inside your home. Creating a nice ambiance can include making sure that your home smells good with nice, fresh candles or room spray, making sure the lighting is not too bright or dim, and allowing as much natural light inside your home as possible.

3 – Create a place for guests to put their belongings.

When guests enter your home, make sure there is a space by the front door where they can put their coats and jackets, bags, and any other belongings they may have brought with them. It is a great way to make sure that they are welcomed immediately after setting foot in your home. 

4 – Have seating that encourages conversation.

Seating in your home is very important, especially when you are expecting company. Make sure that your seating is close enough together where people can have conversations easily and will not feel strained to hear or feel the need to speak loudly. Offer guests to sit in a comfortable, cozy area of your home, such as your living room, where there is relaxed seating such as couches! 

5 – Don’t forget about the bathroom.

If you know that guests will be staying for a long period of time, or even overnight, ensure that your bathroom is stocked up with all the necessities. Check to see if there is enough soap, toilet paper, clean towels, shampoo, and conditioner for your guests. Also, add some nice thoughtful touches to your bathroom by lighting a candle or adding a plant!  

6 – Keep your home clean and remove clutter.

Your home will look its most comfortable and inviting when it is clutter-free. Try to stay organized by keeping belongings in their designated space within the home. Before having guests over, be sure to wipe down tables and counter tops, ensure the floors are clean and make sure to remove any dust!Even though you may not love cleaning, it’s an easy way to make your home welcoming.

7 – Incorporate plants into your space.

Natural elements such as plants are a great way to add some life and make your home welcoming. Whether you’re looking to add tall leafy plants, succulents, or some bouquets of flowers, it will help to brighten and liven up the space instantly!

Ultimately, there are many different ways that you can make your home welcoming for your guests. It is important to stay true to your own unique style while decorating your home, because at the end of the day, your style is personal to you! You will feel most comfortable in your space if it reflects who you are and your personality. 

After reading our 7 tips, which one is your favorite way to make your home welcoming?

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