When I invite guests over to my apartment, I want them to feel comfortable as soon as they walk through the door. If you stepped inside an apartment that was cold and uninviting, would you want to visit again? I found several tips for creating a welcoming atmosphere in your apartment.
Start With Your Entrance
The entrance is where you’re going to make your first impression, so start by adding a welcome mat by your front door. You can also place flowers on a small table, and hang a chalk board or framed mirror above it. A mudroom hutch can also add a cozy, lived-in vibe.
Comfortable Seating Arrangements
It never hurts to arrange your seating for conversation. One idea is to place your couch and chairs in a semi-circle around your coffee table. This creates an intimate atmosphere for socializing, but it doesn’t block the paths around your furniture. If you have a breakfast nook, add some throw pillows for gatherings in your kitchen.
Use Your Lighting
Lighting is a key element to creating a welcoming atmosphere in your apartment. While an overhead light is great for cooking and hobbies, it’s not ideal for entertaining guests. It’s better to use several sources to create a balanced low lighting. One example is a tall floor lamp with multiple bulbs and settings. This allows you to adjust the light to fit your needs, from playing a board game to having a conversation.
Add A Personal Touch
You may want to hide the clutter of mail and documents, but don’t hide your photographs, books or wall art. There is something about a personal touch that makes your guests feel comfortable. You can also add a little coziness with soft blankets and throw pillows on the couch.
When you take the time to create a welcoming atmosphere, your guests will always feel at home in your apartment.