Creating a Happy and Inviting Home

Sometimes homes can get to the point where they look a bit drab and need to be livened up. Here are 6 simple things you can do to make your home feel happier and more inviting:john-Croft-Design

1. Paint the front door

If you have a front door that you aren’t impressed by, give it a fresh coat of paint. Choose a colour that you like and that will echo design features inside and outside the house. You can even choose a doormat that is complimentary to the door to give it an extra kick.

2. Entryway

Provide a place to leave shoes and jackets before visitors make their way to the living room. You can buy a range of shoe and coat racks in different colours to suit your home. By providing space to put these items, you will avoid having jackets and scarves left on furniture. This will help your living room to remain spacious and uncluttered and will help differentiate the entryway from the living area.

3. Make it different

Don’t be afraid to mix up the elements in your living area. If you do it right, a mixture of items with different styles can make a room feel inviting and look contemporary. If you decide to take this approach, make sure the items work well together so it doesn’t end up looking chaotic. Don’t pick willy nilly, be thoughtful and consider how different elements will work in the room.

4. Attention to detail

When it comes to the feel of a room, the simple placement of a few items can make a huge difference. For example, a few candles, artworks or trendy sculptures can increase feelings of happiness when entering a room.

5. Don’t underestimate texture

When choosing items for a room, take texture into account. If you enjoy the texture of a rug, cushion, chair or bench, chances are you will find the room much more inviting.

6. Use patterns and colours well

If you have a plain couch, adding some patterned or different coloured cushions can make it feel welcoming. If your couch is patterned, try to use plainer cushions so you don’t have too much going on in the one area. Having too many patterns can cause visual tiredness and will make your room less relaxing.

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