- Published on Tuesday, 25 January 2011 16:00
- Written by ARAcontent
No matter where it is, no matter what its decorating style, a home should always make family and friends feel welcome and comfortable.
Adding friendly touches throughout your living space helps guests relax and feel at home. Fortunately, creating an inviting atmosphere can be as simple and cost-effective as introducing different colors, aromas and accents to spruce up the existing decor.
Focus on the areas your guests use the most. The design experts at Through the Country Door, an online lifestyle and home decor store, offer advice on how to create a pleasant and cozy environment throughout the year.
Expecting overnight guests? Unless your home has a guest bedroom with an attached bath, your guests will need a place to stow their toiletries during their stay – and a shared bathroom can run out of storage space quickly. A freestanding towel cabinet provides space for towels and other items, so you can keep vanities and counterspaces free for guests.
Dining room and kitchen
Guests usually gather where the food is served, which means your kitchen and dining areas are sure to see plenty of action. If the kitchen is the heart of the home, the dining room is not far behind in terms of creating a welcoming environment.
Both rooms benefit from an infusion of seasonal colors. Vibrant red, forest green and rich gold can evoke a warm feeling. Even if your day-to-day color scheme is cooler, it’s easy to add these festive colors for special occasions. Simply choose accents and accessories that boast warm hues, such as a gorgeous floral centerpiece with red blooms and green foliage, colorful scented candles or solid-color slipcovers in tones appropriate for the holiday for the chairs.
The living room is another area where guests will linger to chat, share a movie or play games. Adding homespun warmth to this room can be as easy as providing guests with comfy seating, cozy throws and plush pillows for floor seating.
Provide somewhere for guests to park their beverages and play board games. A coffee table can be an essential entertaining piece, as well as an available prop to continue your decorating theme of comfort and class.
Whatever your decorating style, it’s important that it invites guests warmly. By mixing timeless styles with fresh accents, you can create a casual, comfortable, lived-in look that’s both affordable and practical.
For more decorating ideas, visit www.countrydoor.com.