There is nothing better than creating a space that is welcoming for guests. Having friends and family feel comfortable in your home is an amazing feeling and extremely achievable if you’re willing to put in some work. Get inspired by these steps from Elka Interiors that will make your home more welcoming to guests.
Tips for Making Your Home Welcoming to Guests
First things first, focus on your entryway. Think about it. This is the very first thing your guests will notice when they walk into your home. Create an inviting entryway by clearing the doorway from any shoes, toys, and miscellaneous items. A doormat with a fun saying is a great thing to have and if guests are showing up later in the evening, make sure there is plenty of light both inside and outside the home that makes it feel more luxurious.
Give them Space
Next, you will want to create a space for guests to place their belongings. This can be a bench, a shelf, coat hanger, or hooks. Anything that allows the guest to simply place their belongings down and move forward with the evening. There is nothing worse than stepping into a home and keeping your purse or coat with you at all times. If you’re comfortable, make sure your guest is also comfortable.
To create an even warmer space that is very welcoming, place a textured rug in the entryway with some baskets and blankets in the corner. Even if these items are not used regularly, it gives the impression that the home is a cozy space.
Give them a Tour
If you’re comfortable with it, give your guest a tour of the home. This helps them settle in and get a feel for the space. Show them things like where the bathroom is and cups for water. If guests are staying with you, it might be a good idea to layout extra clean towels, toiletries, plenty of pillows and lots of bedding. Provide privacy and room to relax.
Setting the mood with music is another great way to welcome guests. Remember to not play anything too loud and keep the music as background noise. Since everyone has their own taste in music, use your best judgment for what to play when your guests come. The main takeaway when it comes to music is to keep it a volume lower than you think.
The Shoe Rule
Shoes are a big controversy when it comes to stepping inside someone’s home. Do we take the shoes on or off? Having a sign outside your door (not a handwritten one) that provides your guests with a “no shoes” rule is a great way to introduce this rule. It’s a non-confrontational way to let your guests know you want all shoes off. If having no shoes is your thing, provide a big basket or special space for the shoes.
Lastly, the best way to make your home a welcoming space for guests is to provide food upon arrival. Nothing says, “welcome” than with a plate of yummy food for guests to munch on. Unless you’re throwing a dinner party, don’t go crazy. Cookies, cakes, or even fruit are all great items to have on hand for guests.