Pretty urns filled with a steady bloom of begonias, a beautifully engraved welcome mat (reminding guests the correct way to spell your last name), an iron bench placed blissfully next to a streaming koi pond. But what about the interior? Granted a pot brimming with a sweet-smelling marinara sauce, an open bottle of chilled Pinot Gris (or in my case, an iced Diet Dr. Pepper), or the password to the home WiFi contribute in making visitors feel comfortable but there exists a few design tricks that achieve the same effect.
Decorate with a mood enhancing color palette. An added pop of yellow or green not only create a cheery feel but work well with the ever-popular gray or grain tones (bow to Joanna Gaines).
Give your home a pleasant smell. No one, not even a pet lover, want to take a whiff of an uncleaned litter box or enjoy the aroma of socks worn by your son during a recent basketball game that he carelessly threw on the floor. So purchase your favorite freshner and spray as needed.
Live plants or cleverly bagged herbs bring the outside into your dwelling and generate a feeling of being one with Nature. Personally; fresh peonies, tulips, and roses fulfill my needs and don’t require me to use the latest over-the-counter allergy pill.
Mood lighting; whether a pretty chandelier or a few well-placed lamps (remember the shade often makes the beacon) not only add style to a room but creates a softer environment. No disco balls please as Studio 54 closed in the early 80s.
Pillows, blankets, and rugs (oh my). A little texture adds warmth, vibrancy, and sometimes extra seating.