Expecting Company? 5 Ways to Make Your Home Extra Inviting from Jacksons Home & Garden
Whether you’re hosting a small gathering with friends or expecting overnight guests, everyone wants guests to feel at home and welcomed in their house. However, in an effort to plan, we sometimes overlook simple things that can make our guests feel welcome. Here are 5 easy ways to make your home extra inviting for guests, from the #1 home store in Dallas, Texas, Jacksons Home & Garden:
1. First Impressions Matter
When your guests first pull up to your home, what do they see? A week before your guests arrive, walk up your front walk and assess your entry with fresh eyes. Should you freshen up the landscaping? Is your front walk overgrown? If they are arriving in the evening, be sure to turn on porch lights and landscape lighting to make your home feel welcoming. A nice wreath on the door is also a great touch. Upon entering, make sure you have natural spaces to store coats, purses, and shoes, and don’t forget to offer them a beverage! These simple tips will make your guest feel right at home from the first moment they arrive.
2. Freshen the Linens
Do you have a guest bedroom that isn’t used very often? What a wonderful retreat for your guests, but sheets that aren’t often used can begin to smell stale, so give them a re-wash right before overnight guests arrive to maximize freshness. Also walk through the home and put fresh linens in all bathrooms, in the kitchen, and switch out old kitchen sponges.
3. Play with the Lighting
It’s great to have different layers of lighting in your home: Ambient lighting (main ceiling fixtures), Accent Lighting (decorative layers), and Task Lighting (lighting created for a specific purpose in the home). Play with these various layers to create the mood you are going for. If you are hosting company in the evening, then it’s a good idea to turn down the ambient lighting and let the accent and task lighting soften the mood. At the end of the day, a well-lit home is inviting and comfortable.
4. Stock the Fridge
When overnight guests arrive, make sure they feel welcomed by having a fridge full of snacks and beverages on hand. It’s also a great idea to leave bottled water and a few snacks in their room for late night cravings. Also consider children, as they might have food preferences and dietary restrictions that might make some foods unfavorable. Have early risers in the group? Have a coffee bar all set up with breakfast items and everything they need to make coffee on hand and ready for them in the morning.
5. Doesn’t Underestimate Scents
Did you know your home has a natural “smell?” Most people don’t notice it, but your guests will smell it when they come in. Don’t underestimate the value of scents in the home. The smells in your home can be inviting – or not. Placing scented candles around the home and having fresh baked goods on hand can immediately up your welcome factor.
Ready to spruce up your home for upcoming guests? Visit Jacksons Home & Garden in Dallas, Texas today for your home décor, accessories, tableware, outdoor furniture, and more.