Is HGTV running on your TV in the background, with your Better Homes & Garden Magazine open on your coffee table? Then you might just be asking yourself, “Why can’t my living room be country chic like theirs?” or “How do they make it all look so warm and homey?”
Great news! It is easier than you think to create an inviting home by using these simple tips that break down each element that ties the look and feel together.
1. START WITH YOUR ENTRANCE
Your entrance is the first thing that welcomes your guests, so make sure you spend extra time decorating your entrance. Add some lighting, art or an outdoor decoration piece that will draw your guests to your home. A “Welcome” sign or doormat is always a nice accent piece that gives your guest a warm invitation in.
2. ADD THROW BLANKETS
Find some nice, quality throw blankets that coordinate with your living area and bedroom. A nice throw blanket on the living room couch encourages guests to make themselves right at home. Keeping a throw on your bed can give it a nice decorative touch. You can even pick out your most stylish throws and find a nice woven basket or blanket ladder to put them on display that invites your guests to grab a blanket and stay a while!
3. GET YOURSELF A COMFY COUCH
Nothing says, “Welcome!” quite like a nice, comfortable couch. The couch is the staple of a living space, so choosing the right one will elevate the room.
4. ACCENTUATE THE FIREPLACE
If your house has a fireplace, highlight it by decorating the mantle area with things like vases, candles or other decorative pieces. However, don’t try too hard to follow a set decorative plan for your mantle. Finding pieces that work with your style and coordinate with the room will help give your space some personality. Also, putting one big focal piece, such as a mirror or painting, in the area above the fireplace will help draw the eye and pull the room together
5. MAKE ROOM FOR FRESH FLOWERS OR PLANTS
Fresh flowers or plants make a great addition to the kitchen and/or bathroom! Visit your local grocery store or farmers market and pick out flowers that coordinate with the room you want them in along with a nice vase to put them in. Don’t really have a green thumb? Succulents make that perfect green pop without needing that green thumb!
6. USE THE RIGHT LIGHTING
The right lighting can work wonders. If you’re having a cocktail party, you’ll want to give your room plenty of light. This invites your guests inside and highlights your home’s interior features. When you are having a small get-together with close friends, dimmed lighting can create a cozy atmosphere.
7. USE LIGHT PAINT COLORS
Light, vibrant paint colors can make any room look bright, warm and inviting. Dark colors tend to make rooms look smaller and don’t have a very homey appeal.
8. CREATE AN OUTDOOR HANGOUT SPOT
Take your living space outdoors! Comfortable chairs and a fire pit are a great addition to your outdoor space for fair weather seasons.
9. LET THERE BE CANDLELIGHT
Having plenty of candles around your home gives it a sense of warmth. Put a couple candles in each room and people will feel a sense of comfort no matter where they are in your home. Plus, your home will smell great, too!
10. HANG UNIQUE MIRRORS
Placing a cool mirror above a dresser or table can give a room personality and reflect your style. Mirrors also give the illusion that a room is much larger than it really might be due to reflecting light.
11. GET PLENTY OF COMFORTABLE PILLOWS
Pillows can be a great accent to a living area. Investing in ones that are comfortable and stylish takes it to a whole new level.
12. INCORPORATE A LARGE AREA RUG
If your living area has hardwood floors, a large area rug will instantly warm up the space. People sometimes like to make the area rug a focal point and choose their accessories, pillows, and paint color based on the color and/or pattern of the rug.
13. CREATE THEMED PHOTO COLLAGES
Displaying pictures is a great way to let people know who or what is most important to you and also adds a personal touch to your home. Make a framed collage to add to an empty wall by choosing a bunch of pictures that have a common theme, like a family vacation or special event. You can buy collage frames pre-made or group individual frames together for added style.
These tips are sure to help make your home as cozy and inviting as can be. If you’re currently sitting in a rental property dreaming of ways you will make your future home cozy and inviting, contact one of our loan experts today to see just how close you are to achieving that dream of homeownership!