4 Welcoming Living Rooms
As I’m in the middle of my own home renovation, I’ve been thinking a lot about how I want my living room to function. In my search for inspiration, I’ve been scouring the internet for images of rooms that make both guests and family feel welcome. I’m not worried if the decor of these rooms will work in my home, I’m just using them as reference point for that particular feeling of “welcome.” My actual motif and scheme will shake out later; right now it’s all about mood, not concrete details...
What struck me about this space, is the room is taller than it is wide, which can often feel chilly and anything but welcoming. Designer Jay Jeffers made the space feel intimate and inclusive by making it all about conversation. I’m already imagining how guests would lounge after dinner, enjoying a glass of wine and each other’s company. Basically just 4 chairs and a table, this room says not only are you welcomed, you are part of my inner circle.
Making a grand room feel welcoming is also a challenge. It’s great for entertaining, but what about when it’s just you and husband snuggled on the sofa enjoying a glass of wine? This lovely room accomplishes both, by providing multiple seating areas, surrounding a U-shaped sectional, perfect for a party or snuggling à deux.
Can modern feel welcoming? Why yes it can, in the right hands! A fireplace always makes a room feel welcoming but modern furniture and art, especially pushing towards minimalism, can really ratchet up the “I’m in a museum” feeling. Fawn Galli solved that dilemma by introducing lush textures with an antique carpet, floral pillows, and deep velvet to soften the hard edges.
All-white interiors make most people feel nervous, not welcomed. The solution for this space was to use tailored slip-covers so the big white sofas don’t feel intimidating. Knowing the covers can come off for cleaning puts both guests and hosts at ease, even if their conscious minds don’t register the fact. Slipcovers are sort of short-hand for “We’re casual around here,” even if everything is blindingly white.
So for me a welcoming living room needs good conversation areas, lots of seating, fabulous textures, and a casual ease. What says “welcome” to you? Please visit my Living Rooms Pinterest board, and let me know which rooms speak to you!