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How to make a small apartment guest friendly

Bonnie Stinson

In a one-bedroom, it can feel like you don’t have much room for guests. Whether your guests are visiting for the afternoon, or even staying for a couple nights, your one-bedroom actually has plenty of space to host visitors comfortably! It doesn’t have to be stressful to have people over.

Here are some easy ways to help keep your space guest-friendly while also being livable for you.

Food & Drink: Buy in Advance, and Stage It with Style

How to make a small apartment guest friendly

Keep some cans of sparkling water in your fridge, and buy a few bags of chips or trail mix to store in the back of the cupboard. You can easily offer these to your guests as soon as they arrive. Additionally, this is a great trick for unexpected guests. While they’re sitting down and sipping on their drink, you can subtly dash into the bathroom to wipe down the sink.

Another way to add a special touch is to use uniquely shaped plates and serving dishes. You can find lots of options at the thrift store — look for the long-narrow appetizer trays often donated by catering companies, or wood cutting boards. A little staging goes a long way to making whatever food you have on hand look special.

Coats & Shoes: Make It Obvious

How to make a small apartment guest friendly

As soon as they arrive, most guests will want to know where to stow their shoes, coat, and bag. Having a coat rack or shoe bin right by your front door is an easy way to visibly guide people towards the right thing to do. Help them feel at home by having a clear place for their things.

Some people like to post a sign, saying something like “Shoes Off, Please”. Signs are a great way to communicate with guests, and they can save you the time and energy (and sometimes awkwardness) of asking guests to remove their shoes or hang their coats.

Bathroom: Make It Easy

This is an easy one. Of course, you don’t need a label on your bathroom because you know where it is. But your guests don’t know! After all, who hasn’t been that person wandering around, looking for the bathroom and praying you don’t open the wrong door?

Look for a discreet sign you can mount on the bathroom door. It should be something you won’t get annoyed looking at every day. The sign could be something as straightforward as a classic bathroom icon decal (get a free gender neutral one, here!), or something artsy, like a poem or sketch about the fabulous joys of taking a bath.

Another great trick is to keep a collection of travel-sized toiletries. When you’re having people over, it’s easy to swap out your regular soap for a fresh, guest-friendly one. You can also set out a set of shampoo and conditioner with their towels, which helps them to not use yours!

WiFi: Don’t Make Them Ask

How to make a small apartment guest friendly

Displaying your WiFi code is not just a tip for Airbnb hosts! This is the ultimate way to make your place guest-friendly. It’s kind to help your guests conserve their data usage, especially if they’re coming over to work on a project with you. But for overnight visitors, it is absolutely essential that they know how to access the Internet.

Plus, WiFi networks and passwords can be a fun opportunity to share your personality! It’s fun when a visitor can guess the name of your network based on your interests. So write out and frame your network and password, and mount it in your living room somewhere obvious.

Sleeping Arrangements: Easy Set-Up, Easy to Hide

How to make a small apartment guest friendly

For one-bedroom dwellers, this can be the trickiest part of having guests over. It can be challenging to figure out how to provide a second bed, a set of bed linens and towels, and create room for your guest’s belongings without totally destroying your living room. Lots of people use futons or sofa beds, of course, which can be a couch during the day and a bed at night. A nifty idea is to apply smart glass film to the windows in your guest’s area. This way, they can control the flow of daylight.

But our best tips for overnight guests involve clever storage. An ottoman with storage provides the perfect way to add extra seating to your living room while also stowing guest linens invisibly inside. Similarly, if you can spare the space, it’s really lovely to be able to offer your guests part of an empty console or bureau in the living room to store their items.

This tip works in the bathroom too. By using containers in your bathroom, you can easily gather up your own stuff and set out an empty container for your guest’s items.

Your Own Stuff: Quick Storage

Finally, our best tip for making your one-bedroom guest-friendly is to have quick storage options around for all your own stuff. This way, whether you have lots of notice, or none at all, you can use your baskets or crates to quickly contain your mess and tidy up, leaving more space for your guest to feel at home.

Guests generally care more about the cleanliness of the room and bathroom more than anything else! Don’t sweat! Check out our cleaning guide for guests.

There you go! We hope these tips are useful for making your one-bedroom space more guest-friendly.

Just remember, most people aren’t coming over to inspect your house, they’re coming over to hang out with you. Being present with your guests and checking in about their needs are the simplest ways to be a good host, no matter the size of your home.

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Hosting people in your small apartment is difficult. When you don’t have lots of space, even having an extra person in your home can make the entire place feel cramped.

However, it’s unrealistic to expect that you’ll never host guests and I assume that’s why you’ve ended up on this post!

With a little planning and prioritisation, you can have your friends and family around without feeling overwhelmed.

Be honest about your space

If you love hosting, it’s difficult to admit that you might just not have space. Be honest to your potential guests about the limitations of your hosting abilities and find alternative solutions.

For example, going out to eat might be easier than trying to fit four adults in a space that only really comfortably suits two.

You might not be able to offer accommodation for the night and a hotel near you might be the best option to make sure everyone is comfortable. In return, you could offer to pay for a meal or activity you do together.

Keep clutter to a minimum

A small space can become cluttered when guests are round. Dedicate a specific area for bags and coats to avoid anyone tripping over a rogue pair of shoes.

The bed is usually the best option for non-staying guests as it’s out of sight.

Extendable table for dining

Drop leaf tables are great for small apartments because they usually seat up to six when it’s fully extended. This way, you have the option to have friends round for dinner if you want, but it doesn’t take up too much space normally.

Our IKEA dining room table is the single best purchase we made. And although we’ve only used it a handful of times, it was worth every penny. The built-in storage is also a gamechanger because it’s extended our very limited kitchen cupboards.

Buy the biggest sofa for your space

Buying the largest sofa you can fit in your space makes chilling out in the evenings much more enjoyable.

Plus, you have the added benefit of space to seat guests. We have a three-seater sofa, meaning we have room for three guests because we can also use our two dining room chairs.

We could have opted for the two-seater, but the extra space would have been wasted, and it’s nice to have enough space to put our feet up.

Air mattress for sleeping

While it might be tempting to buy a sofa bed for guests to use, don’t. They’re uncomfortable, and you need to prioritise your year-round comfort rather than a few nights a year.

Instead, invest in an air mattress. They don’t take up too much storage space, and they’re better than the floor or sofa. Also, if your guest is travelling to yours by car, ask them to bring their own bedding. This way they can have their comfortable pillow, and you don’t have to try and store a second bedding set.

Invest in vacuum bags

If you do plan to have spare bedding, buy some vacuum storage bags. They basically suck all the air out and take up a fraction of the space.

This way, you don’t need to sacrifice precious storage space for items you don’t use that often.

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How to make a small apartment guest friendly

How to make a small apartment guest friendly

UK based content creator sharing organisation hacks, budgeting tips and small space living solutions.

*This post contains affiliate links, meaning I may make some money if you buy anything using the link.

Hosting people in your small apartment is difficult. When you don’t have lots of space, even having an extra person in your home can make the entire place feel cramped.

However, it’s unrealistic to expect that you’ll never host guests and I assume that’s why you’ve ended up on this post!

With a little planning and prioritisation, you can have your friends and family around without feeling overwhelmed.

Be honest about your space

If you love hosting, it’s difficult to admit that you might just not have space. Be honest to your potential guests about the limitations of your hosting abilities and find alternative solutions.

For example, going out to eat might be easier than trying to fit four adults in a space that only really comfortably suits two.

You might not be able to offer accommodation for the night and a hotel near you might be the best option to make sure everyone is comfortable. In return, you could offer to pay for a meal or activity you do together.

Keep clutter to a minimum

A small space can become cluttered when guests are round. Dedicate a specific area for bags and coats to avoid anyone tripping over a rogue pair of shoes.

The bed is usually the best option for non-staying guests as it’s out of sight.

Extendable table for dining

Drop leaf tables are great for small apartments because they usually seat up to six when it’s fully extended. This way, you have the option to have friends round for dinner if you want, but it doesn’t take up too much space normally.

Our IKEA dining room table is the single best purchase we made. And although we’ve only used it a handful of times, it was worth every penny. The built-in storage is also a gamechanger because it’s extended our very limited kitchen cupboards.

Buy the biggest sofa for your space

Buying the largest sofa you can fit in your space makes chilling out in the evenings much more enjoyable.

Plus, you have the added benefit of space to seat guests. We have a three-seater sofa, meaning we have room for three guests because we can also use our two dining room chairs.

We could have opted for the two-seater, but the extra space would have been wasted, and it’s nice to have enough space to put our feet up.

Air mattress for sleeping

While it might be tempting to buy a sofa bed for guests to use, don’t. They’re uncomfortable, and you need to prioritise your year-round comfort rather than a few nights a year.

Instead, invest in an air mattress. They don’t take up too much storage space, and they’re better than the floor or sofa. Also, if your guest is travelling to yours by car, ask them to bring their own bedding. This way they can have their comfortable pillow, and you don’t have to try and store a second bedding set.

Invest in vacuum bags

If you do plan to have spare bedding, buy some vacuum storage bags. They basically suck all the air out and take up a fraction of the space.

This way, you don’t need to sacrifice precious storage space for items you don’t use that often.

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How to make a small apartment guest friendly

How to make a small apartment guest friendly

UK based content creator sharing organisation hacks, budgeting tips and small space living solutions.

Preparing for guests can be a fun experience. It means looking at a room from a new perspective and creating a feel that is both welcoming and homey. When you plan out your space, no matter how small, consider what features you’d like to see when staying away from home.

Follow the 10 tricks below to make your small guest space feel friendly.

Get Comfy Seating

Feeling comfortable can be difficult when there’s not a good place to sit. Assess your small guest space and decide where you can add some seating. Besides the bed, there should be at least one chair for someone to unwind in. For a small space, consider nesting furniture or a settee , which you can tuck into the corner. Don’t forget to add a small tabletop lamp nearby so guests can read or do crossword puzzles before bed.

Offer Some Privacy

Guests will feel uncomfortable if they have no privacy, like someone could be watching them. Even with a small space, you can take steps to ensure a guest feels like the spot is their own. If there’s no doorway, invest in an ornamental room divider that matches your home’s aesthetic. Choose coverings, like curtains or blinds, to allow guests control over who can see in through the windows.

Create Storage Space

Storage space in a guest room has two main benefits. The first is more room for you to store clutter, like seasonal decorations or photo albums. Your guest, whether they’re staying for a night or a year, will also appreciate the opportunity to stow away clothes and toiletries. Add floating shelves for a simple and modern look, and choose a bed frame with storage space underneath. Encourage guests to hang up clothes by providing empty hangers in the closet.

Provide Entertainment

A guest is essentially a stranger in someone else’s home, no matter how well they know the family. Be aware that your visitor may have a different sleep schedule than you, perhaps staying up late watching TV or getting up with the sun. Either way, offer a way for them to stay busy with an entertainment stand. Beyond the TV, be sure to provide access to movies and shows, whether it be through cable, Netflix or DVDs.

Add a Coffee Cart

Who doesn’t love coffee? Guests will enjoy the inclusion of a coffee cart in their room , as they can get a head start on their day at any time without having to worry about waking the family. Plus, the added convenience of beverages just feet away means your guests can enjoy their cup of joe while watching the morning news or Saturday cartoons.

Install New Lighting

Nobody likes staying in a dark room. If your guest space is crawling with shadows, consider how you can make it more inviting with wall and ceiling lights. Take away the drab, ordinary fixtures and replace them with something unique, akin to an art piece. If you have an existing feature you love, spruce up the design with an intricate ceiling medallion.

Clear the Clutter

Guests don’t want to stay in your storage space. Packed among the artificial Christmas tree and stacks of brown cardboard boxes, they’ll feel as if they’ve merely been stowed away, an inconvenience in your home. Make guests feel welcome and wanted by clearing away the clutter. Clean and organize — the room should look like it was waiting for your guest’s arrival.

Include Special Touches

A clutter-free room is ideal, but a bare one can be unwelcoming, too. Don’t forget to include a few extra touches, such as decor or photos, to make the room feel connected to the rest of your home. Don’t go overboard — it shouldn’t be your private second bedroom. You can add a piece of interesting art or include a small clock on the bedside table — items that make the room feel lived in.

Add Extra Blankets

You can never predict the needs of your guests, and some will feel too uncomfortable to seek you out with requests. Try to consider their needs before they arrive by adding extra blankets in the room. Whether at the foot of the bed or folded on the top shelf of the closet, visitors will know they can quickly grab one if they’re feeling chilly at night or want to prop up their pillows.

Use Fresh Flowers

Take any guest space to the next level by adding a vase or two of beautiful, fresh-cut flowers. Such a small gesture will make your visitors feel welcome and thought of. Choose flowers that will last the longest after being cut , such as peonies, calla lilies, chrysanthemums and alstroemeria. You can also create a permanent guest room fixture with indoor plants like cacti and succulents.

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Creating a guest space that is friendly and welcoming is easy to do. There’s no need for a costly renovation or extensive changes. Instead, think about the small things that turn an ordinary room into a luxury getaway.

AUTHOR: KACEY BRADLEY

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Depending on where you live and your proximity to a popular summer travel destination (the Grand Canyon? Disney World? New York City?) you may find yourself deep in houseguest season. I don’t live in a particularly touristy city, but I host houseguests frequently, and I think it’s part of the fun of having a house with room to share. In fact, in just a few weeks my husband’s brother and sister-in-law will be piling in with their three kids for a sleepover.

If you’re expecting a guest (or two, or five!), here are a few little ways I prep for them. All are small, and most help me as much as they help my guests!

In the Kitchen

First, let’s talk food, because what’s more important than feeding your guests?

1. Give your guests a meal game plan.

Houseguests come in all different flavors: there are the weekend family reunions, with every meal eaten together; there are the friends just using your place as a crash pad for a city visit; there are visits with little kids, and hence meal times are preset in granite; there are visits where your in-laws prefer to take you out to swanky restaurants every night. (Those are nice.)

I find it helpful and soothing to figure out what kind of meals a set of houseguests needs, and even to send an email ahead of time letting people know what to expect. It can be as simple as, “Hey, let’s plan on going out the first night you’re here, and I’ll handle dinner the other nights, plus some grab-and-go breakfasts. Lunches are on your own — we’ll give you lots of cafe recommendations for your days out!”

And of course, if you’re planning a big get-together with several families or groups, make a meal plan for who cooks when and let everyone sign up.

Just having a general set of expectations set in advance is helpful, and it helps me plan and shop.

2. Ask ahead about food allergies and preferences.

This is a fairly obvious to-do, but it’s worth mentioning! If you’re feeding several meals to guests, ask about allergies. And it’s also extra-hospitable, I think, to say something like, “Hey, we’ll have some breakfast things around — is there anything you really love to eat for breakfast?”

3. Delegate the coffee, depending on rising times.

Now let’s turn to the things that look and feel hospitable, but are really more for me than for the guests! If you have promised coffee to your guests (and I would argue that tea or coffee first thing in the morning is a non-negotiable aspect of hospitality) then set up your coffee and tea station in the kitchen and let your guests know how to get it going.

This allows for a variety of rising times and means that I (or, let’s be real here, my husband) won’t have to bolt out of bed first thing to make coffee for our virtuous early riser friend. Instead we say, “Here’s the French press and the kettle — you know how to use it!” Or, when we have a larger group, we haul out our monster drip coffee maker and set the timer for the earliest riser’s schedule.

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Converting a dining room into a child’s room allows your house to grow with your family without the expense of an addition. Permanent changes that alter the amount of public living space can hinder resale value, so approach this as a temporary solution, keeping the possibility of converting the room back into a dining space later available.

Close It Off for Privacy

Dining rooms are commonly open on at least two sides. Lock or block off one entrance to maintain a dedicated one, and frame and hang a new door to provide privacy. To maintain the ability to convert the room back into a dining space in the future, opt for a glass door. Use curtains for privacy, and then remove them when the space is no longer needed as a bedroom. This gives your child the privacy he needs while keeping your options open in the future.

Incorporate Storage Options

Use existing built-ins for storage in the new bedroom. Store personal items and toys here, and add bins in addition to or instead of a dresser. Use bookcases and wall shelving in lieu of built-ins. You have several options when it comes to closet space: Use an armoire to hang clothes, or section off one wall to create an actual . Install closet organizers across the wall, and then close it off with heavy curtains hung from the ceiling, or install new walls to close it off.

Make It Comfortable

Paint the room a fun color, or colors, that appeal to your child’s personality, and then incorporate large area rugs to warm the space up. Switch out chandeliers or dining-specific overhead lighting with floor and table lamps and a ceiling fan with a light kit. Remove heavy, formal drapes and replace them with more child-friendly window treatments, like layers of sheer panels for a girl or stiff roman shades for a boy.

Keep Local Building Codes and Laws in Mind

Standard build codes require two means of exiting the room, typically in the form of a window and a doorway that opens to the rest of the home. If there aren’t any windows, you need a door that opens to the outside in addition to the inside door. Always check your town and county building codes before making any structural changes or using a room for other than the purpose for which it was intended.

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How to make a small apartment guest friendly

Need to squeeze an extra bed into a small living room or home office to accommodate an overnight guest? Here are eight great examples of portable floor beds, each of which can be rolled up or stacked away when not needed.

DIY Folding Mattress

How to make a small apartment guest friendly

Got a sewing machine? You can make a mattress that you can fold for easy storage in a closet or trunk. This DIY project from French by Design has been so popular it almost broke Instagram.

Moroccan-Inspired Floor Cushions

How to make a small apartment guest friendly

It’s no wonder Moroccan-inspired floor cushions are a small-space favorite. They are available in a wide range of sizes and shapes, which you can arrange into endless variations to create comfortable low-profile seating. Larger cushions, as shown here, make great day beds. They are available in many styles and sizes from Urban Outfitters, Anthropologie, Etsy, and World Market at prices ranging from $40 to $500.

Convertible Daybed

How to make a small apartment guest friendly

Create a daybed using a twin-size IKEA MINNESUND mattress, which costs $90. For some extra height, get two mattresses, then stack them up and cover them with fabric. To prevent slipping, place the mattresses against a wall. During the day, create a backrest with pillows, as shown here. When it’s time for bed, remove the decorative cushions and add bedding.

High-Density Foam Sleeping Mats

How to make a small apartment guest friendly

You can find foam sleeping mats at most big box stores. Portable beds like these fold up, so you stash them away until needed. Keep in mind that some mats are better for sleeping than others. For the best comfort, look for options that are at least 3 inches thick, 75 inches long and 30 inches wide, such as this one by Lucid Mattress. Anything less may feel more like a yoga mat than a sleeping mattress.

Thai Massage Mat

How to make a small apartment guest friendly

If you’re looking for a compact solution that rolls up for easy storage, a Thai massage mat checks both boxes. They’re available in two mattress sizes—full or twin. Most styles are around 3 1/2 inches thick.

But be warned: You may want to avoid Thai mats filled with Kapok fibers. While the organic material is considered a cushy substitute for goose down, it’s highly flammable.

DIY Cotton Mattress

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If you can sew a straight line, you can DIY this eco-friendly bed called the Original Twist Mattress. Even better, you can customize it to fit your space and needs. Open Your Eyes Bedding sells the instructions and supplies.

While you can use any fabric you please, for the best comfort, stick to 100-percent prewashed, organic cotton. Stuffing the mattress with organic buckwheat hulls will naturally combat dust mites. The hulls are also fire-resistant and biodegradable.

Customized Air Bed

How to make a small apartment guest friendly

Air beds come in many forms, and the expensive types don’t always last longer than cheaper ones. Adding high-quality sheets and blankets can make an inexpensive air bed just as cozy and comfortable as an expensive one.

Got a small space and a small budget? You don’t have to break the bank to buy your dream couch.

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Just because you have a small space and budget, doesn’t mean you have to go small on style. We share a list of our 10 favorite sofas that fit any size and style apartment while making a big visual impact. Bonus: Some reviewers say they’re comfy, too.

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Budget-Friendly Luxury

If luxury is what you’re after, look no further than this sleek, dark beauty. The combination of rich, blue velvet and gold-polished stainless steel legs is hard to beat at this budget-friendly price.

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Small-Space Sectional

Available in navy or green velvet and gray fabric, this gorgeous sofa allows you to enjoy the comfort of a sectional and the simplicity of a modern sofa all in one. Not only does the sofa measure just under 82 inches wide, but the chaise is also reversible, making it ideal for a small space with limited layout options.

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Classic Charm

Add a subtle dose of charm to your space with this button-tufted beauty. Nothing about this sofa is over-stated making it a win for almost any space. Best of all, at this price, you can afford to make a statement with a coffee table or ottoman.

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Drop-Top Dreams

If you ever plan on having friends stay over at your apartment, typically your only options are a sleeper-sofa or futon. Two things that usually often look like they belong in a dorm room rather than your stylish apartment or home. That’s why this convertible sofa is a game-changer. The faux-leather finish and gorgeous eucalyptus legs are so beautiful that the convertible bed is just an added bonus.

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Velvet Statement

If subtle isn’t your style, we’ve got you covered. This sofa is bold, boxy and beautiful. The blue velvet and exposed brass frame and legs make quite a first impression and are sure to make this couch a conversation piece.

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Modern Simplicity

If you’re looking to skirt the lines between modern and contemporary or subtle and statement, this sofa is the creme de la creme. The color is neutral and blends in with its surroundings while the denim fabric is an unexpected twist on a sofa you would expect to be velvet or leather.

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Modular Design

Four words: modular recycled leather sofa. Okay, so technically speaking, if you were to buy all four pieces of this modular set, you’d spend more than $1,000. However, buying all four pieces isn’t necessary and the unique concept of this sofa makes it the perfect pick for your apartment.

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Minimalist Sofa + Side Table Combo

Nothing says “stylish space-saver” like a sofa/side table combo. With a hint of Scandinavian elegance, this sofa features a solid wood side table and water-resistant fabric.

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Two-Person Seater

If you’re really cramped on space but don’t want to sacrifice beauty for a couch that will fit, this is your best option. At just over four feet wide, you can still fit two people comfortably or lounge on it yourself. Plus, the gray finish and curved back make it a beautiful piece for any space.

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Leather Love

This elegant loveseat made from lighter recycled leather with chrome legs would add the perfect amount of sophistication to a small living space. Plus, if you graduate to a larger living area in your next home, it’d pair beautifully with a larger fabric or velvet sofa.

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A warm, welcoming home doesn’t always have the latest furniture styles or walls painted in the color of the moment, but it does have authenticity in that it reflects who you are, both practically and emotionally. A welcoming home enables visitors and inhabitants alike to feel comfortable, to relax and to be themselves.

First Impressions

The first impressions people have of your home should be both emotional and practical, in inviting them to come in and making it easy for them to do so. Clear the walkway to your front door of obstacles and have it well lit. Choose a doorbell that is lit or glows on the dark so that visitors can find it at night. Inside your hallway, there should be enough room for people to remove their outdoor clothes and to store them or hang them up. Another practical consideration is a place for people to leave their keys or purses. Your entrance is the first sight that visitors have of the personality of your home, so incorporate some mementos or objects that reflect who you are. Warm colors in your decor and accessories give an instant hint of coziness, and greeting your visitors with warmth and smiles makes them feel welcome.

Furniture Arrangements

Having a conversation by shouting out to people seated across the other side of the living room is not relaxing and hurts your vocal chords. The arrangement of all your furniture should be both practical and inviting. Visit each room and imagine people moving around and using the furniture. Make sure there’s enough room around the dining table to pull out chairs comfortably. If you like people with you in the kitchen when you cook, provide stools for them to sit on or let them lean against the breakfast bar. Arrange the sofa and chairs in the living room into groupings that encourage conversation, and ensure that there are enough tables or surfaces for people to put their cups of coffee on.

Public vs. Private Space

A welcoming home is one where people are aware of which are the private areas, usually the bedrooms, and which are the public ones they can visit, including the living room, the guest bathroom and perhaps the kitchen. Striking a balance between how you use these public spaces and what will make visitors feel comfortable is key. In a too-tidy living room, people may not feel comfortable lounging on chairs or putting their drink glasses on the coffee table. On the other hand, having to move magazines off the dining room table before sitting down for a meal is certainly not inviting.

Decor

The decor of warm, welcoming homes is all about comfort. Although colors such as yellow, red and orange generate a warm impression naturally, any color can be inviting when mixed with different textures and finishes of materials. Even an all-white room can be enticing if you use soft fabrics and nonangular shapes. A comfortable environment is usually associated with an informal decorating style — soft sofas and natural materials — in which your guests can relax and be themselves.