Are family and friends coming to your house for the holidays? You can relieve some of the stress that comes with entertaining by taking advice from Home Improvement Expert, Eli Mechlovitz. Eli can give you ten easy ways to warm up your home and welcome your guests with open arms.
Here are some very easy tips to try out for a more inviting holiday celebration at home:
Rugs. In addition to literally warming up your cold floors, a throw rug will create an inviting, cozy atmosphere in your room as well. A soft rug invites you to sit on the floor by the fire to enjoy a glass of wine and a good book. It also means you can kick off your shoes without getting frostbite! Add warm autumn colors like deep reds and gold for extra warmth.
Books and photo albums. Whether they fill empty space on a bookshelf or are conveniently placed on a coffee table, books and photo albums create a “lived in” look and feel. It makes people want to wrap up in a blanket and snuggle on the couch while reminiscing through old albums. However, don’t go overboard because you don’t want it to look cluttered. There should be a few books and albums strategically placed to invite sitting and relaxing.
Welcome guests. Welcome people into your home in a friendly, inviting way by placing a welcome mat at your front door. Choose one with rich, autumn colors or hang a welcome sign by your front door or in the entry way.
Greenery or artificial flowers. Color adds warmth, especially red, orange, gold and green. Fill your house with warm, rich colors, and add scented candles or plug-ins (think holiday flavors like pumpkin spice or cranberry) to top off the effect.
Turn your furniture towards the fireplace. There’s something magical about sitting around a fire, enjoying coffee or wine, and reminiscing. The flames make people talk, they make you feel cozy, and they encourage good times. If your furniture isn’t already, arrange it so all of the pieces point towards the fireplace. Then grab a book and see how many people join you!
“Holiday up” the bathroom. Bathrooms are often forgotten when we get our home ready for the holidays. Add some themed towels, colorful scented candles, and sparkly holiday soaps to add some holiday warmth to a room that every family member and most guests end up spending some time in.
Choose seasonal throw pillows for your furniture. Add holiday-themed throw pillows to the chairs and couch, along with a cozy blanket hanging on the back of the couch. The colors will warm the room and make the area extra cozy.
Add curtains to your windows if you don’t have them already. The colors will add emotional warmth and the curtains will physically warm. Curtains are a great way to trap the cold outside while still letting natural light warm the house.
Add twinkly lights throughout your home. Decorate the indoor greenery with lights, drape them over the doorway, and string them up in the bathroom or any other place that needs a little extra light. Soft white adds a nice touch and creates a holiday glimmer inside as well as out.
Place holiday candy jars around the house. Add glass jars filled with peppermints, butterscotch hard candies, and colorful holiday ribbon candy around the house. Place the jars in easily visible places, such as on the coffee table and kitchen counters.
These are the best ways to make your home atmosphere more cozy and inviting.
GlassTileStore.com's Eli Mechlovitz is well aware that using colors and simple home accessories can greatly improve and alter a home's look and feel. For example, by adding colorful tiles to a bathroom wall or kitchen backsplash, you can add light and style to the room without having to invest in an expensive redesign. He believes that this constant stream of new and totally original tile designs is what’s keeping his business a step ahead of the competition. GlassTileStore.com revolutionized the way tiles are sold and bought online. He offers free shipping, a 365 day return policy, and design help to customers, something you’d be hard-pressed to get at other tile stores.