Creating a Warm and Inviting Environment in your Home!

Now more than ever it is so important to have a quiet space in your home that invokes a sense of calm and tranquility. A place that will turn off all of the outside noise.

There are many ways that you can achieve this! It’s all about layering in items into your space that make you feel good and bring you comfort. This can include aromatherapy, textures, colours and lighting.

It’s all about creating a Home of Wellbeing.

Let’s explore ways that not only the items themselves bring in a feeling of comfort, but how they do that.

Ambient Lighting

Utilizing lighting as a way to create a warm and inviting scene in your home is one of the most common ways to achieve this.

There are a variety of ways one can do this so lets explore some options.

Fireplaces

Nothing says comfort quite like a wood burning fireplace. The crackle, aroma, and ambient glow of a wood fireplace is unique and oh so appealing. This is a much more natural way to add warmth to your home.

If you are looking for convenience however, you may opt in for either an electric or gas fireplace as they can be turned on with the flick of a switch.

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Ambient Lighting

There are so many ways that you can add ambient lighting to a space. Let’s explore.

  • Night Lights – add them to your hallways or bathrooms for a soft glow during the night.
  • Candles – add them to your dining table when entertaining or beside you during a quiet book reading session. I also light one in the bathroom when I have a guest, so that it adds aromatherapy and adds a thoughtful touch.
  • Dimmable lighting – pot lights, table lights, floor lamps can all be purchase in dimmable options. It’s nice to have a low lit lamp on during the evening for a warm glow.
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Textiles

Textiles are by far one of the top ways that you can layer in comfort, a sense of calm and create a welcoming atmosphere. Textiles provide warmth, texture, colour and will absorb sound to create a more calm environment.

Textiles are vast in their varieties; window treatments, area rugs, blankets, toss cushions & upholstery. Let’s take a closer look at each example.

Blankets

Blankets provide an aesthetic touch that will make a simple sofa look more luxurious. Layers in of themselves make a space feel way more inviting that none at all.

Who doesn’t love to cozy up to that warm fluffy blanket on a cool summer night, or in the heart of winter? Having a throw blanket draped over your sofa, favorite chair or nestled in a basket next to you means it is accessible, and the perfect companion in a pinch.

Your guests will love this simple gesture if they happen to be a person who gets cold easily.

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Area Rugs

I often recommend my clients add an area rug if they don’t already have one to their living rooms, bedrooms and sometimes even a dining room. I love the comfort they provide while grounding the furniture in the room to create a unified space.

They are great sound absorbers too, so will reduce or even eliminate that echoey sound you get without one.

They also offer warmth, texture and colour to a space which in of itself can offer a calm inviting atmosphere.

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Window Treatments

Window treatments have a way of softening the look of a room. They add depth, drama, elegance and warmth. The texture of the treatment can make all the difference in creating a calm, and inviting atmosphere.

Satin for example may seem cooler, while cotton or linen will seem warmer. The colour as well has a great deal to do with how they will make you feel. Soothing neutrals feel more natural, and therefore have that peaceful easy feel to them.

Curtains will frame a window, so your green space outside acts like a gorgeous piece of art, and will bring the outdoors in. Nothing says comfort quite like the beauty of Mother Nature.

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Toss Cushions

Layering your bed or sofa with some gorgeous toss cushions will absolutely create a welcoming vibe to any room.

There is something about the layers that just invite you in and make me want to snuggle. A sofa on its own can feel somewhat rigid and cold. If however you add some upholstered cushions you add an instant look of luxurious comfort, especially to a leather sofa.

Personally, I like being able to adjust my own level of comfort with a cushion or two – even when I am visiting a friend. Equally I like to offer that option to my guests, you never know if one is necessary for back issues or otherwise.

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Greenery

Greenery has a way of bringing a space to life. It can make an otherwise dead environment suddenly feel energised with life, thereby invoking a true sense of connecting it with mother earth and the great outdoors.

I always use and/or recommend greenery to all of my Design clients and always incorporate it in my Staged Properties.

Greenery has a natural way of making a space feel like HOME!

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Colour

Colour may surprise you to see it in my list of ways to make a home feel more cozy and inviting, but believe me when I say, that colour can affect your mood, so choose wisely in your design.

Colour has been long used in marketing to attract a certain vibe and to grab attention and has a direct impact on how we feel.

Neutrals have a way of naturally creating a calm environment much like a spa would use in their zen like spaces. Likewise, soft pastels can also create a calm peaceful vibe.

Choosing a calm colour for your homes retreat is so important to achieving your personal sanctuary from the outside world.

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We encourage you to create some personal space for yourself and nestle down to comfort. It is so important for the mind, body and soul!

We would love to hear how you have helped yourself in creating a space of wellbeing for your home.

To your personal wellbeing…

Cindy Lutes – Certified Property Stylist

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