How to Create a Welcoming Atmosphere at Home

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First impressions are always lasting impressions. If you want to have a relaxing and positive surrounding in your home, it will take a little work and some ingenuity. From the start, your home should be pleasing to anyone who enters, including yourself. Let’s face it, it’s hard to have a relaxing afternoon at home if you’re not pleased with your surroundings. This applies whether you’re in a house or apartment. Your place should be pleasing to all senses as soon as you open the door. Here are some simple yet creative ways to create a welcoming atmosphere at home.

Visual Ambience

Visual stimuli can make a huge difference in the atmosphere of your home. Dark and gloomy colors can feed into depression and put a damper on any of your guest’s day. You should create bright and happy spaces for your home to enjoy your living space. Let’s start with the entrance. A simple potted plant can add a sense of homeliness to the outside of your home. Make sure that it isn’t too bulky and that the pot is simple and elegant. If you don’t have a green thumb, try using artificial plants and flowers. Once you open the door the décor should dramatically match the ambience you created outside. A well styled front entrance can set the tone immediately.

How to Create a Welcoming Atmosphere at Home

Get Rid of Clutter

A great way to make your home look more welcoming and appealing is to always use positive light. The best way to do this is to use natural sunlight wherever possible. If you aren’t able to try finding some eco-friendly bright lights or sometimes a strand of white Christmas lights will do the trick. They add some charm, eclectic hospitality and save energy. Your colors should be bright and cheery. If you prefer earth tone or darker colors, highlight the rooms with brightly colored pillows, drapes and décor to accent and offset the dark colors. Get rid of unnecessary clutter. The sight of clutter can be a stress factor for anyone. Decide whether or not you really need these items. If you can’t decide, move them away from eyesight. Store them in a garage or closet so that it will not distract the positive order that you are trying to create. You can also utilize things like storage units for your things. Some storage companies provide services, like The Storage Center services, to help store excess items.  Leave none of your rooms unchecked. Every room in your home has a specific purpose and can contribute to the overall feel. We sometimes leave one room for ourselves. This is okay if you leave a positive mark there as well. Photos of happy times, family, and friends can add a positive aura to this particular room. Try to break the habit of using your private space as the ‘untouched’ room and maintain harmony with your rooms.

Sense of Smell

Aromas can contribute to emotional and psychological effects on all of us. We should always use aromas that are pleasing to us. However, some odors can contribute to relaxation and happiness. You should always use aromatic odors that are relaxing in your home. Lavender scents attribute to a welcoming and calm atmosphere. Use lavender scented oils or air fresheners around the house especially in areas where you tend to sleep and lounge. Using naturally scented products and oils, have its advantages. You can use flowers to enhance the scent of your home. Try to incorporate more natural elements into your house such as plants and essential oils. Plus it adds some natural beauty.

You can try using these different elements to enhance the atmosphere of your home. Any of these can be naturally inviting when you mix good company and a great visual ambience. It all depends on your creativity, attitude, and imagination.

Bio: Rachelle Wilber is a freelance writer living in the San Diego, California area. She graduated from San Diego State University with her Bachelor's Degree in Journalism and Media Studies. She tries to find an interest in all topics and themes, which prompts her writing. When she isn't on her porch writing in the sun, you can find her shopping, at the beach, or at the gym. Follow her on Twitter @RachelleWilber and Facebook. 

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