Interior Design Tips: How to Make Your Home Welcoming and Cozy

Regardless of whether you are trying to make your guests feel welcome, or you wish to create space where you can curl up after a busy day, interior design is the key. Find out what you need to change and where you need to look for comfort and coziness.

First things first – start with the entrance

With an inviting entrance, you will set the mood for those coming to your home. An entryway clear of clutter and debris is a good start. Colorful door with a stylish knob, a handle, and a knocker will make a good start. Some of the most widespread colors, apart from natural wood color, are blue, green, and red. Floral wreath, flower planters, seasonal garden décor, or fun welcoming signs are a nice addition.

Meet expectations for your hallway

A nice entrance will raise the bar and set high expectations for the hallway. Even though it is often overlooked, the hallway deserves some of your attention. Carefully select the furniture, minding the size of the room. Narrow tall furniture is the best choice for smaller spaces. Perhaps shoe cabinets have some advantage over shoe racks as they look tidier. If you have a staircase in the hallway, utilize the space underneath it. Add a comfortable sitting area, an armchair or a bench. Accentuate one of the walls with a mural, colorful wallpaper, or selection of your family photos and paintings.

Select the right materials

Once you are in the house, your first impression is created by the materials, namely what walls and floors are made of. Wood is your best choice for creating a warm atmosphere. It is also favored by the current trends. Speaking of trends and warmth, all-natural materials are an excellent choice. Try using leather, fur, wool, and cotton. Choose soft fabrics for the upholstery and fluffy throws to make straight lines smooth.

Pay attention to the layout

The furniture in your home should be arranged in such manner to allow enough space for maneuvering. If your home is small, leave only essential pieces and create minimalistic space, rather than using every inch of it. Focus on curves and soft edges. If you prefer modern furniture with strict lines, use rugs, throws, cushions, and mats to soften them. While there should be traffic space, you still need to keep your furniture close enough to encourage conversation and the sense of togetherness.

Set up the lighting

Each time of the day requires specific lighting. Stay energized throughout the day by allowing as much natural light as possible. In addition to your windows, you can add light tubes, roof windows, and skylights. Use window treatments to change the color of the light coming in and make it look warm even on a gloomy day. Light orange curtains can create this effect for you. Nightfall calls for mood lights. Several lamps, candles, or a fire space can do wonders.

Don’t paint it black

Without a doubt, warm color pallets are the right choice for a snug home. This does not mean that you should paint your entire home yellow and orange. In fact, professionals from ASAP Sydney Painters will tell you to choose warm neutrals such as beige, light peach, light brown etc. You can use different hues of the neutral color of your choice throughout the entire house. Make it more exciting with accent colors used on certain architectural, as well as decorative pieces.

Little things that matter

Paying attention to detail will make all the difference. First of all, make sure you keep your home tidy and clutter-free. Indoor plants filter the air and evoke serenity. Add greenery and floral patterns to your home. Be careful with florals as they can get too much and be tacky. Perhaps, adding dried flowers and some pine cones can do the trick. Personalize space and use quirky accents and centerpieces. We will again emphasize the importance of using cushions, throws, and blankets on coziness.

Make sure that if you use these tips, you also incorporate yourself into them. Don’t follow design trends blindly but ask yourself how you feel about them. Essentially, you and the members of your family, are the ones creating the atmosphere in your home. No interior designer can change the effect you have on your home.

Princess Castle Party Entrance HOW TO

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What a great entrance for your little princess for a birthday party or special event. This can be done with a little planning and I will tell you the secrets to do so.

TOWERS: You will need six feet of pine that is 2″x4″ or 2″x2″ and  a 1.5’x1.5’x1″ square for the bottom. You will need balloons and poster board and a 2′ piece of doweling that is no thinner than 1/2″. Attach the square 1.5′ board to the bottom of the 2″x4″x6′ pine board. This needs to be centered evenly to prevent it from toppling over. To the top of the 2″x4″x6′ pine board attach the doweling by drilling a hole to fit the dowel in the 2″x4″x6′ pine board. My suggestion at this time is to paint all of this with a coordinating paint color to the balloons. When these are in your venue you will either use push pins or staples to attach the balloons at the part where they are blown up to the 2″x4″x6′ pine board. Use your poster board to make a funnel that slides down the dowel. Use additional piece of poster board to make a flag that attaches to the top of the dowel.

CHAIN: You will need the long balloons that you will interlink to each other to create the chain. The base is a pile of small balloons that the chain gets attached to. The top is attached to the top of two towers.

PATH: As seen we used a roll of white paper that is about 12′ and created a cobblestone pattern on it. We used a sharpie marker and a cement path mold and traced around the “stones”. We embellished it with some natural marks with the sharpie marker.

There you have it –  a little work and around a hundred dollars will make the perfect grand entrance for your little one. I had thought about adding some small pots of real growing grass around to give a unique look but stayed with this design.