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How To Make Your Home More Welcoming to Guests

How To Make Your Home More Welcoming to Guests

There are always a million things to think about when you’re hosting friends or family for a get-together. The last thing you should worry about is if your home is welcoming enough. Learn how to make your home more welcoming to guests with our brief guide!

Set the Tone With Your Front Door and Entryway

The first thing your guests will notice about your home is your front door and entryway, so you want that part of your home to be as welcoming as possible. Whether you have a house, condo, or apartment, there are simple things to spruce up your front door and entryway to make them feel welcomed.

First, you want to ensure your front door is well-lit and clean. If you live in a colder climate, be sure no snow or ice is awaiting your guests. You want your guests to enter a peaceful and welcoming environment in the entryway, so keep your entry free of clutter. Consider having flowers or scented candles in the entrance so that you invite your guests in with a pleasant fragrance.

You want your entryway to be well-lit, but not something too penetratingly bright. Consider some wall sconces, which can be installed quickly and cast a subtle, warm glow for your guests to enter.

Draw Their Eye Through Your Home

A trick to get your guests to want to come through your house is to consider their point of view for a room. Which wall is furthest away when they enter? Accent that wall with a bright color, some interesting art, or a light display. This way, the wall will naturally draw the eye, encouraging guests to move into and throughout the room.

Fill Your Home With Pleasing Smells

You want to think of all your guests’ senses when hosting, including smell. Yes, you want to get rid of foul odors, but you don’t want to hit your guests with an overpowering smell of kitchen cleaner. Scatter scented candles or fragrant flowers throughout your house so that every room smells good to your guests.

Baking some cookies before your guests arrive is a great way to infuse your home with a pleasant aroma.

Imbue Your Home With Natural Elements

You don’t want your home to feel cold and unfriendly, so imbue your décor with natural elements to make your home feel warm and genuine. You don’t need a full greenhouse in every room, but natural accents of green and color can do wonders. You can display plants and flowers or even fruits and veggies throughout the kitchen and the rest of the home.

Make Seating Cozy With Pillows and Blankets

Who doesn’t love snuggling up next to a cozy pillow and blanket? If you want to make your couches and chairs more hospitable, add some fluffy blankets and soft pillows so your guests will never want to leave!

You don’t want to overdo it to the extent that there’s nowhere to sit, but adding comfortable pillows and blankets makes your seating look cozier and gives you a chance to add color and designs to your décor.

Those are a few of our tips for how to make your home more welcoming to guests, but there are certainly plenty more. The thing to remember is that as long as you are welcoming and thoughtful, your guests will always feel comfortable in your home.

Karen LeBlanc

Karen LeBlanc

Karen LeBlanc is a freelance writer living in Orlando, Florida with many published bylines in magazines, newspapers, and multimedia sites. As a professional lifestyle writer, Karen specializes in art, architecture, design, home interiors and personality profiles. Karen is the writer, producer and host of the streaming series, The Design Tourist ( that brings viewers a global dose of design inspiration with episodes featuring the latest looks and trends from the world’s premiere design events and shows. She also publishes a quarterly magazine on design travel that you can read by clicking the link: Her journalism background includes seven years on-air experience as a TV news reporter and anchor covering a range of issues from education to politics. Her educational credentials include a Master of Arts in Mass Communications from Northeast Louisiana University and a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from Louisiana State University. Throughout her career, Karen has written and produced dozens of documentaries and videos for educational, commercial, corporate, and governmental clients and appeared in many TV and video productions as a professional host.

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Karen LeBlanc

Karen LeBlanc is a travel host and writer with a popular travel show, The Design Tourist, and a companion lifestyle blog. As a widely published travel journalist and content creator, Karen is a member of the North American Travel Journalists Association. She also serves as the Design and Travel editor of the national lifestyle magazine, LaPalme. Karen believes that every destination has a story to tell through its local art, architecture, culture, and craft. This immersive creative exploration begins with authentic accommodations where the narrative of place unfolds through art, accessories, accouterments, furnishings, fixtures, and food. 

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