Quick Fixes to Give Your Home a Fresher, More Inviting Feeling

Posted by: Gail VanKleeck  |  Date: 11/25/2013

Quick Fixes to Give Your Home a Fresher, More Inviting Feeling

Tweaking your existing storage-options, decorative accessories, window treatments and mirror placement is easier than you think.

Whether you are inviting people to your home to celebrate a special occasion or simply planning a  dinner for family and friends, you may find yourself wishing your home felt a little fresher and more inviting.  If you don’t have much time, energy or money to spend right now, these simple suggestions can give your home a fresher and more welcoming feeling.

 

Begin by moving your accessories closer together. 

If your accessories, family photos and mementos are spread across your mantle or book shelves, as show on the upper shelf in this illustration,your eyes need to work harder to see and enjoy them.  If you gather your accessories closer together, as shown on the lower shelf, they will feel more related to one another and your eyes will have a more peaceful and pleasant place to rest. 

Look for the opportunity to create a sense of relationship between your decorative items.

Look for the opportunity to create a sense of relationship between your decorative items.

Your goal with decorative accessories is to encourage your eyes to sweep across an empty space and then to settle on something enjoyable.

If you have a grouping of family photos, raise some of them up a little by using a small easel, a book or a decorative box.  This will make the grouping more interesting and make it easier to see the faces in the photos. 

Deal with your home's clutter. 

Even if you are comfortable with controlled clutter, some of your loved ones may find it distracting.  Homes that encourage and support relationships have fewer visual distractions.  This means the people gathered together there can pay more attention to one another.

If everything you use in your rooms has a place, sooner or later it may actually be put there.

Consider buying a few decorative boxes with lids for your papers and magazines.  Try using tables with drawers or doors. Look for lift-top ottomans.  Buy inexpensive hooks or narrow racks and install them inside your closet doors.  All of these will help reduce the distraction of clutter.

Increase your natural light. 

Natural light feeds and enriches our spirit, yet we tend to forget how important it is. If you pull your shades or blinds partially down over your windows when they are not in use, you are diminishing your rooms natural light.  If you keep your shades and blinds stacked at the top of your windows when they aren’t in use, you’ll increase your natural light.

A mirror hung in the corner of a room and as close as possible to a window will draw more light into the room and also expand your view.

In the end, the best thing you can do when you entertain is to do less. 

What matters most is your loving presence …and that is much easier to give when you are feeling more peaceful and rested.

 

 

 

 

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