Have you ever looked at home in a magazine and wondered just what made it look just so inviting? From the bright light in the living room to the welcoming colors, something about those homes makes you feel like you want to be there.
These pictures aren’t photoshopped: creating an ambiance like this in your own home is completely doable! Here are a few tips to make your home feel as inviting as a magazine’s.
Redo Your Patio
If you’re lucky enough to have a backyard, your patio is the perfect space to rest, relax, and recuperate. However, it won’t feel as relaxing if it’s not done up properly. To make a backyard become more inviting, you need the following aspects:
- A deck
- Outside seating
- Cover from the sun
- A nice visage
There are several companies online like mg construction that will give you a free quote for a wooden backyard deck. Imagine being one quote away from your dream patio!
Bring the Light In
A key aspect to all homes that look and feel inviting is their openness and amount of light they let in. If your living room is cramped and light seldom gets in, chances are you won’t want to spend a lot of time there. Clear up space by decluttering and rearranging furniture so that there are a clear path and open space in the center of the room.
Also, consider adding a large mirror to a wall opposite any living room furniture to really make space look bigger. If you’re lucky enough to have natural light, open those curtains! If not, consider adding lamps with natural, warm, white lighting.
Change the Color Scheme
Brighter, natural colors give the appearance of natural light, even if actual light is lacking. Woodsy colors such as cognac and beige, in addition to whites and light grays, will brighten up your home and give it a breath of fresh air.
Changing the color scheme of your home doesn’t have to mean repainting everything; it can be as easy as trading out that old brown couch for a midcentury modern-looking leather one. Even hanging artwork on the walls with this colors scheme will do wonders for lightening up your home and making it feel more inviting.
Ditch the Carpet
Carpet flooring, without fail, makes a room look about half as small as it really is. Even though most carpets are technically a “light” color, they do nothing to add the appearance of space to the room – they actually take away from the space! Tile flooring, wood flooring, or even concrete flooring will make your living room look exponentially larger than it actually is. If you have the ability to tear up your carpet and replace it with something more solid, the entire room will open up.
Get New Furniture
Sometimes, all your home needs is a revamp from that old 70’s floral couch your grandmother donated to you when you moved out in college. Modern, sleek lines on furniture and fresh colors like greens and whites will make your home look like an Instagram post in no time. The midcentury modern look has taken the homing world by storm, and for good reason! The sharp edges are cleaner and less bulky, adding space and structure to any room.
It’s quite possible that your dream home is within your reach, right under your nose! Some simple changes to your current abode can transform your home from feeling cramped and dark to an open and breathable respite from the outside world.
The main things to remember when seeking that “open” look? Create a pathway of space, enlarge the appearance of the room, and brighten the colors.