There is a common theme we have seen over the years in homes that ‘woo’ buyers, and we would propose extends to ‘wooing’ guests. It is what we call the “the tension between beauty and warmth.” A decorator-perfect home is beautiful but can lack invitation. You might be surprised by this, but the homes that draw the most favorable reviews are not the ones who showcase decorator perfect atmospheres but the ones that wrap up beauty in an atmosphere that says, “sit and stay awhile.” Here are 4 tips we have seen for creating that perfect tension:
- Pulling sofas and chairs into cozy and more intimate spacing that eliminates a sense of distance between people sitting in them.
- Creating nooks and corners that invite curling up with a book or just a cup of coffee for some peacefulness.
- A game table set up that invites sweet leisure time like puzzling or playing games.
- Smaller rather than larger tables for sitting around over a meal.