From the Floor Up

Key Components for Creating a Welcoming Atmosphere

Posted by Daltile Team on Dec 29, 2015 10:30:00 AM

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When your family and friends first walk in your door, you want them to feel comfortable and welcome. The way your home looks and functions goes a long way to accomplishing that. Here are a few key things you need to do to in your interior design to make your home a warm and welcoming place for your guests.

Furniture

No matter what style furniture you have, how you arrange it is the most important factor in creating a welcoming environment.

In the living room, make sure furniture is a comfortable distance for conversations. If you keep all furniture against the walls, it makes it difficult to converse comfortably. Ensure furniture is arranged for the primary focus of the room. If you plan on watching a lot of TV rather than talking, place all seating in comfortable locations for viewing.

In the dining room, be sure there is enough room to move about. A table that fits the size of the room is more welcoming than a table that seats more people but is crowded.

If you love to socialize while you cook, make the kitchen comfortable for your guests with seating at the island where you prep or cook food.

No room is complete without surfaces for your guests to place drinks or other items on. Place yourself in the shoes of your guests to determine what is still missing that might make them more comfortable.

Even stone flooring can be welcoming if it’s done right. Daltile’s Haut Monde is a porcelain tile inspired by warm, even-grained sandstone. It comes in several pleasant, neutral shades. Pair it with other warm colors to amplify the cordiality and your space will be the ultimate in welcoming.

Flow

Knowing where to go, where not to go, and how to get there is the first thing your guests think about, even if subconsciously. They’ll feel more at ease when they know these things.

Make sure areas guests will be in are well lit and free from clutter. Provide an accessible place for guests to put items they need to store but might need later like coats, purses, or diaper bags.

Close doors to areas guests won’t enter or you want to keep private. Lights off and doors shut signal to guests that this space isn’t for them.

Let guests know right away where the restroom is or other areas you are inviting them into so they feel oriented and won’t feel intrusive.

Warm Décor

The décor in your home sends a message. It reflects who you are and can potentially set guests at ease. Softness is the key here. Even if you have contemporary design in your home, a few soft elements can make it feel warm and inviting.

Colors have a psychological effect. Yellow, red, and orange are warm colors and are generally inviting. But you can make any color inviting. Adding grey to your scheme or picking grey-influenced colors softens the feel in your space. Even if you use bright or stark colors, you can use accents, textures, and fabrics to soften things.

Big soft couches invite comfortable lounging. Stiff Victorian style seating makes people feel like they can’t even slouch. Pick soft materials and curved lines for your furniture. The more informal the décor, the more comfortable your guests will be. Save your Victorian décor for the formal sitting room.

 

Daltile wants to help you make your home inviting. Check out all the warm colors and textures available in all styles of tile for your flooring. Fabric and wood-inspired tile further helps you achieve the welcoming look you’re going for.

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