Hosting gatherings can be one of the most exciting things you’ll do as a homeowner. Entertaining both your family and friends in one room can be a fulfilling task and though it can be a handful, the experience makes up for good memories and good food that is just a wonderful bonding moment
Every homeowner who loves to entertain knows how stressful it can be—cleaning the house, prepping the food, and essentially just making sure everything is neat and polished. They dress up not only themselves but the house as well to make a great impression. But what do guests really notice when they first step inside your home?
Obviously, a spotless, well-maintained, appropriately and elegantly accessorized home makes a good impression. But there are other things you might not realize that your guests take notice. To give you an idea, here are seven things that guests first notice when entering your home:
Naturally, bold walls provoke a different response as opposed to having neutral ones. Of course, your personal taste brings character to your own space, that’s what matters most. Well, you can’t repaint your walls every time you host a gathering. You don’t have to please everybody so let your personality shine through, bold or neutral.
People take notice beyond what they see. They observe with all their senses, speaking of which—the odor of the house is one of the first things that catch a guest’s attention. If you’re not confident about the smell of your house especially if your furry friend hasn’t taken a bath yet or you’ve cooked something with a not-so-pleasant smell lingering in the house, lighting up a scented candle or using essential oils can help alleviate the foul odor and keep the space smelling great.
Admit it: chances are you’ve visited a friend or colleague’s house and thought “The sofa should’ve been placed elsewhere”, or “The artwork is hang up too high”. This could also pass as a thought to your guests. It’s nothing to worry too much about, but if they do have a good suggestion, put it into consideration.
A touch of greenery inside the home is a surefire way to make the space one with nature. Also, houseplants get a big smile of approval from visitors for they make the space more alive and breathing of fresh air.
How good or bad the lighting goes is easily noticeable. It’s not the worst thing nor the hardest to fix, but guests can definitely notice if a living room is poorly lit or your chandelier hangs too low in the dining area.
Clutter needs to be purged. A messy home calls for an unpleasant attention and people will surely notice if a house is messy—cluttered coffee table, messy table console, kitchenware all over the kitchen and dining area, etc. Get rid of the clutter and unnecessary knick-knacks around the house. Keep the rooms tidy with just the right bit of style.
Art and bookshelves
A homeowner’s taste in art speaks a lot about them. The same goes for the books and other focal pieces they have on display. These artworks and small decorations indeed catch people’s attention. It’s one of the easiest and simplest ways for making a good impression.
If you’re a self-proclaimed entertainer or will be having people over in the coming weeks, keep these in mind and above all else, allow yourself and your guests to enjoy what matters most: the moment you share with one another.
About the author: Chie Suarez spends her downtime pinning home decor finds on Pinterest. She also writes for Wincrest Bespoke, a home builder in Sydney that is created for those who seek more than just a luxury home.
February 23, 2018