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A warm and welcoming home is what most of us strive to create. A place that can act as a sanctuary when we return from a busy day. Also, a place where guests can relax and feel comfortable too.
It can seem like a lot to achieve, but it’s possible to do on a small budget. These simple changes will instantly uplift the mood of your home and make it more welcoming:
Some studies have suggested that candles not only look aesthetically pleasing but lift the mood and enhance productivity too. Scented candles, in particular, are a great way to create a warm and cozy atmosphere. Scent stimulates our smell receptors and sends messages to the brain. This is why scent is often associated with memories and particular moods.
Jasmine is a particularly good scent to pick. It’s an uplifting aroma that has been used as an antidepressant. It’s one of my husband’s favorites. Peppermint is also a good idea. This scent has the ability to relax us and cleanse our minds, increasing our concentration and the freshness of a room.
Use Soft Furnishing
The difference between a house and a home are often the small personal touches. In this case, it’s about creating spaces people love to be in. Soft furnishings are a good way to do just that. Layer up some blankets and cushions on a sofa to create a soft welcoming effect. If it’s not soft, my son doesn’t like it. He’s all about feel.
Rugs which feel great underneath your feet are also a good idea. Don’t be afraid to mix these softer accessories with some harder ones like an ottoman or a mirror. The contrast often works really well and creates an interesting and inviting space.
Make Sure There Are Beautiful Smells
As we already know, smell is a great way to create mood in a space. Fresh cut flowers in the hallway and bedrooms make a home really inviting. They also bring a sense of the outdoors in.
If someone in your house is a smoker there’s a good chance your house smells just like it. You might try to convince them to use E-cig. They include flavored liquids which smell a lot better than normal cigarettes. If not, consider getting a timed fragrance spray. These will help keep a room smelling fresh and welcoming throughout the day.
Make It Nice And Bright
Any welcoming home will feel light and bright. You may not have lots of natural light streaming in but there are other ways to trick the eye into feeling a room is flooded with light.
Mirrors are a great way to bounce light around a room. Candles and lamps positioned at different levels also provide pops of light. Consider buying a copper-rimmed light shade. They throw out a warm inviting light.
Krystle Cook – the creator of Home Jobs by MOM – put her psychology degree on a shelf and dived into a pile of diapers and dishes instead. She is a wife and mother to two rambunctious boys, sweating it out in her Texas hometown. She loves cooking, DIY home projects, and family fun activities.