Four Ways to Create a Welcoming Home

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Some people’s homes just make you feel warm and fuzzy as soon as you arrive. The décor, the furniture, the colors all feel so welcoming like a sanctuary. You too can have this warmth and cozy feeling in your own home with a few simple design techniques. These tips will help you and your guests feel oh-so-nice as soon as the front door is opened. 

Freshen up with flowers. Beautiful fresh flowers are always a welcoming sight anywhere you visit, so place them in your entrance foyer, on a decorative table or in your main living area. Always make a point to buy and replace them regularly and cut off dead leaves or drooping flowerheads as they age throughout the week. 

Welcome them home. Your front door, porch and entrance should look and feel welcoming as soon as people arrive. Beautiful potted plants, a clean and freshly painted front door, an oversized welcome mat and a clean and clutter free front entry will give a great first impression.  

Go outside. During cooler evenings, it’s always nice to retreat to the backyard or a front porch after dinner. Prepare a lovely outdoor seating area with cushioned chairs and couches, nice lighting and little extras like a tabletop or built-in fire feature. Install a fountain for water sounds. 

Splurge on a sofa. Sinking in to a soft, cozy couch is one of the nicest ways to rest and relax. Choose one that has a soft fabric exterior with extra soft cushions. Dress it up with soft-colored throws and plush pillows. Since this is the main piece of furniture in your living area, choose it wisely. 

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