Your front room is usually the first thing someone sees when coming into your home. It’s also a place where you’re likely to relax, or visit with family and friends, so it’s understandable to want to make this space as inviting as possible for anyone who happens to be in it. Here are some ideas to consider if you’re looking to make your front room more welcoming.
Don’t Make the TV the Focal Point
A big, fancy TV can be an instant conversation killer. Consider placing your TV in the family room instead, or maybe in the basement if you have a media room or entertainment space down there. If you want the TV in the front room, try hiding it with cabinets so it’s not the focal point of the room.
Anchor Floating Furniture
A sofa that’s in the middle of the room tends to give the appearance that something is missing. Use anchor pieces like a table behind it, or a side table on one side. A pole lamp can also serve as a nice accent piece. Anchor the space and give it dimension by balancing your bigger furniture items.
Embrace a Softer, Natural Look
Minimize the sleek look of your furniture with some softer touches in your front room. It’s a goal that can be achieved with throw pillows with more relaxed colors and patterns, fabric wall coverings, or natural fiber carpets. Similar results can be seen with accessories with natural materials like wood or maybe some flora and fauna here and there.
Get Curvy with Your Layout
If you’re updating your furniture, consider smaller, curvy sofas. Circular designs create a cozier space and encourage conversations. Don’t want a curved couch? Consider subtle curvature like an oval coffee table or chairs or sofas with rolled arms or backs.
A fairly inexpensive way to make your front room more inviting and enhance your decor at the same time is to add some plants. Try a mix of potted plants in corners or by windows and maybe some fresh flowers on tables and stands. Studies have shown that plants improve mood, plus they naturally clean the air.
Pay Attention to Air Quality
Speaking of air, the quality of the air in your home can also determine whether or not people want to stay in the front room. A dehumidifier can also get rid of allergens and other airborne particles. A more fragrant option worth considering is a diffuser with doTERRA oils. Essential oils have anti-microbial properties that can ward off airborne pathogens and create a more pleasant environment, especially for anyone with respiratory issues or allergies.
Simplistic and Natural
Another simple way to make your front room more inviting is to let more natural light inside. Even if you’re limited with windows, switching to lighter curtains or using blinds you can adjust throughout the day to control light can have a similar effect. Finally, avoid the temptation to fill every space with something. An uncluttered look can make a room seem more welcoming.
Your front room is the centerpiece of your home, and the first thing guests will see. Make it a warm, inviting space. Something you can be proud of, and that speaks to you and your interests.