How to Create an Open, Welcoming Home in 4 Easy Steps

Your home is supposed to be a safe haven. It’s supposed to be a place that makes you feel completely at ease. If you want to create a living space that’s welcoming, comforting, open and refreshing, these four steps can get you on the perfect track. Don’t assume that establishing an enticing home is ever too hard or too time-consuming. It’s not.

Focus on Your Entry Point

A nice entrance can make your home feel instantly welcoming and reassuring. If you’re looking to immediately feel at ease any time you set foot in your abode, you need to give your attention to pleasant “extras.” Try to place a beautiful, soft and intricate area rug right by your front door. It can even be a good idea to put gorgeous artwork on the walls. What can be a better greeting than a stunning painting that features mountains, a cityscape or even flowers?

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Bedroom Lighting Ideas for a Truly Relaxing Space

Often, one of the most overlooked areas of bedroom interior design is the lighting configuration. People are often under the illusion that, because bedrooms should be a space to inspire sleep, lighting is simply not important. However, this is one of the most important areas of interior design which should never be disregarded. Lighting can turn your space into a truly functional, relaxing room that’ll be suited to a range of activities. These bedroom lighting ideas will turn even the most dimly-lit room into a cozy, comforting space that you’ll never want to leave, especially on those cold winter mornings.

Bedroom lighting should be at the forefront of bedroom interior design and is just as important as choosing the furniture and wallpaper. Ambient, task and accent lighting configurations are the most useful in bedrooms. Ambient lighting mimics natural lighting, softly illuminating the entire room, whereas accent lighting highlights important features in the room, such as the bed. Task lighting serves a specific purpose; allowing you to read in bed, light up a mirror or illuminate the inside of a wardrobe.
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Ready to Host: How to Make Your Home Inviting

Guest post contributed by Meghan Belnap

Party season is fast approaching, and you are anxious to hold special events for friends and family in your home. You just love the decorating, cooking, and baking that accompanies all the preparation but are disappointed that your home is lacking; it is just not very appealing or inviting.

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A few simple additions and/or touches is all that you’ll need to lure your guests in for a good time. You can get the look you want for this area by:

Adding Color

If a room is very bland, a fresh pop of a bright or contrasting color may be all that is needed to bring this area alive. Add this color in art, assorted pillows, throws, candles, ceramic pieces, books, rugs, or even in the wall paint and trim.
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A Step by Step Guide to a Comfortable Bedroom

Guest post contributed by Zack Davis

A bedroom is your personal space that you look forward to after coming home from work all tired and worn-out. Therefore it should be designed in a way that gives you comfort and helps you to enjoy a sound sleep. This article will serve as a step by step guide to help you create a comfortable bedroom which can refresh and rejuvenate your body and mind.

 

Step 1: Select the bedroom furniture

Selecting the bedroom furniture depends on your personal taste. However, if you are a fashion freak and want the décor of your bedroom to stay up to date, then it is best to opt for a mixture of traditional and modern furniture pieces. The good thing about traditional furniture is that it looks classic and is never out of fashion. If you don’t share your bedroom with anyone, then you can go for single bed options or if you are sharing your bedroom, but it is small in size then its best to go for queen size bed instead of king size bed. Look at the head board of the bed and choose the one that best suits your needs. For example, if you prefer reading a book before going to sleep the best choice for you is to have an upholstered headboard having a comfortable surface that would soothe your back when you lean against it. Other furniture items include side tables, night stand and a rocking chair that give a complete look to your personal space.

 

Step 2: Select a comfortable mattress for your bed

The key to a sound and peaceful sleep is a comfortable mattress. Make sure that your mattress is not only soft but has a comfortable fabric that feels good against your skin. The kind of mattress you opt for largely determines the quality of rest you get every night. Before going for the mattress shopping set a budget range and check different mattresses for their comfort level and opt for best memory foam mattress that would provide you personalized comfort.

Step 3: Select the lightning of your bedroom

Choosing the right lighting scheme can uplift the vibe and highlight the décor of your bedroom. This does not mean that you should go for lighting that is too bright. A bedroom is a place where you look up to get some rest after a tiring day at work so the lighting scheme should be soft so that it relaxes your nerves and body. If you like reading in your bedroom, then make sure that proper light fixture is hanging above your bed that provides you with sufficient light needed for reading purpose.

 

Step 4: Select the paint for your bedroom

Bright and vibrant wall paints no doubt looks good and add a playful spirit to your space but opting for soothing color palettes is a good choice when you are considering to paint the bedroom walls. Neutral wall paints give a spacious look to your bedroom and have a relaxing impact on your mind and body. Moreover, subtle shades give you the leverage to decorate the walls of your bedroom according to your own style to add a bit of color and glamour to your bedroom. Hang your favorite pictures or abstract art pieces, make a collage or go with just a single statement piece the choice is totally yours.

 

Step 5: Add a centered rug 

A small rug placed at the center of your bedroom will not only complete the décor of your bedroom but will also give a welcoming start to your day by pampering your feet by its soft fiber and fur right after you wake up and step out of bed. Moreover, the unique patterns and designs of the rug blend perfectly with the décor of your bedroom and give it a more exotic look.

 

Author Bio

Zack Davis is a well-known psychologist, content writer, and marketer for sleepholic. I’m very concerned about human health, love sleeping and enjoy hanging out with friends. You can often find me happily writing about anything to do with sleep and other related topics.

 

 

 

5 Tips to Light Up Your Living Room

Guest post contributed by Diana Smith

Most homeowners spend a lot of time trying to find just the right sofa, looking for that ideal vintage wooden table top and discussing the different shades of paint that will round up their living room and turn it into an exquisite piece of art. But most of them simply fail to realize just how important proper lighting conditions are for the look and feel of their living room, the space where most of the family spends their time either by themselves or entertaining various guests. If you’re one of such home owners, then this nifty little list of tips on how to adequately light up your living room is the right thing for you.

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