Thursday, January 7, 2016

Parenting Pointers: Make Your Home More Inviting With Subtle Decor Changes

A darkened living room and clutter all around the house are disconcerting to the average visitor. You
want to create an inviting space that intrigues guests and makes them want to return very soon.
Interior design incorporates a lot of psychology into individual rooms. Every person has a different
perspective so the decor must stimulate the basic senses and create that inviting feeling. Take a
look at these top tips that invite your guests in with just the swing of the front door.
Light Up the Space
Dark corners and dim light encourage visitors to stay away from a certain part of the home. Use light
fixtures in specific locations to illuminate pathways and open spaces. Light fixtures are relatively
inexpensive when you research styles that you prefer online. Ideally, you want a mixture of fixture
types within your home. Recessed lighting, floor lamps and table lamps are all styles that you can
mix and match throughout the house.
You might have a sofa area that's often used for reading or looking over coffee table books. Add a
floor lamp to this space and angle it over the sofas. Visitors will see this bright light and feel
comfortable about picking up a coffee table book. These large books will often spark conversation
and add unique insights to any dinner party.
Recessed lighting is perfectly suited for spotlight purposes. Add these fixtures over a piece of
artwork, for instance. Visitors will flock to this well-lit area and explore the art as a group. Consider
recessed lighting along a hallway. Many homes have hallways that are lacking windows. The
recessed fixtures keep the space open while providing a guiding light for visitors searching for
bathrooms and other areas. Use your household lighting to invite guests into certain areas while
guiding them away from private spaces.

Add Colors Throughout the Home
Colors play a huge role in the comfort of your home. Ideally, you should use light colors throughout a
house. As light reflects against white walls, you'll notice that the space appears larger and more
inviting. Guests who encounter these bright spaces are more inclined to relax and engage with
others. Dark spaces tend to repel people and make them feel uncomfortable.
It's not just the color white that creates an inviting appearance, but you can also add green plants to
the interior too. Live, indoor plants reflect light as it strikes the leaves. As a result, the indoor space
has a color tone that is incredibly subtle to the naked eye. Plants also provide functional value to the
space. As they transpire, the plants provide fresh oxygen to everyone in the immediate space. 
People feel comfortable because they have higher oxygen levels compared to a space without
plants. The area also smells better because of the air transfer occurring at the plant's cellular level.
Invite your guests to feel at home with colorful pillows on the sofas. Alternatively, add a colorful
throw onto the sofa as a decor accent. Visitors are welcome to hold the pillows or wrap the throw
around them as conversations flow into the evening. An inviting space is comfortable when every
human sense is taken into consideration.
Arrange Your Furniture With Care
Every furniture piece can make a statement to your visitors, especially when they're arranged in an
inviting configuration. If you place a sofa in the middle of a room with its back facing an entryway,
you're closing off the space. A closed space is considered private and encourages people to stay
away. Open up the space by arranging sofas with their backs against the wall. You open up the floor
plan so that visitors feel comfortable moving around the space.
Your furniture should also surround a rug for the most inviting feeling. The rug designates a central
point in the room. Visitors know that they can congregate in this area and be part of the
conversation. You might add a coffee table onto the rug or possibly add large pillows for lounging
purposes. The surrounding decor should dictate your central-point accessories.
The television shouldn't be the focal point of the room. Add a large piece of artwork to the wall or
install an aquarium. You want the focal point to encourage conversation. A television will only stop
the conversation as the audio and video take over a gathering. Your guests will feel invited when
they have a common subject to talk about that's provided by your decor choices.
If you're currently performing major home maintenance on a room, such as a bathroom, this fact
doesn't have to mar your decor in other rooms. Invite guests to use another bathroom and locate the
gathering away from any loud construction sounds. You'll still have an inviting space that will only be improved upon as the maintenance project finally reaches completion

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