Timeless Trait Tuesday – Welcome (Again!)

I think our discussion about inviting and welcoming homes requires a little more introspection. I know I talked about this a little bit during my first week of blogging, but making your home welcoming and inviting is about more than just hospitality, don’t you think?

Making your home inviting from the outside could mean a clear path to a well-lit front door, a brightly colored porch swing, or large numbers on your mailbox.

Making your home welcoming on the inside includes not only your hospitality, but the colors in your home, the comfort of the furniture, the furniture arrangement, the smells, the quality of light, the personality of the artwork, and the care you take in making a house a home.

What can we do inside to make our homes more welcoming?

Furniture. Sure, you want it to look good, but it should feel good too!  It should make someone want to sit down and stay awhile!  It should be arranged to to facilitate conversation, allow movement through a room and complement the architecture in terms of both style and scale.

Lighting.  Light makes a big difference in spaces small and large.  Too little, too much, too glaring, too blue; when lighting is off, so is everything else.  Make sure there is more than one light source, so you get combinations of ambient, accent and task lighting appropriate to each space.  Remember that the fixture over your dining table should hang 32″-36″ above the tabletop.  And when it comes to table and floor lamps, make sure they fit the size and scale of the room and the furniture, and err on the larger side.

Materials.  When your rooms have layers of textures and a variety of materials, there is visual interest.  Do something like use linens and velvets together in varying shades of the same tone to add depth, or use different patterns in the same colors\ combinations.  Don’t use the same tone of wood or paint for all your furniture; then it looks like you bought everything on the same day from the same place.  Warmth created by varying wood tones and species makes a space look collected and personal.

Accessories.  Cut down on the clutter!  It’s ok to leave tables small and large completely empty; every room needs moments of visual rest.  In my opinion, your accessories should be meaningful to you to add meaning to the space.  Use the KISS method: Keep It Simple, Stupid!  When it comes to accessories, less really is more.

What suggestions do you have?

How have you tried to make your home inviting and welcoming?

(all images via Pinterest)