Furnishing a home is a tricky balance—you want to show off your excellent taste, but you also want to make your home feel warm and inviting. Here are a few tips to making your home both beautiful and comfortable, so you can keep that antique Biedermeier-era chair and make your guests feel welcome, too.
1. Mix it up. That Biedermeier chair? Feel free to keep it as a focal point in your sitting room, and even add another antique chair and side table for balance. But do make sure to pair it all with a comfortable, roomy sofa, so your guests and family can sit for hours over a bottle of wine or board game. Just because a piece of furniture is cozy doesn’t mean it lacks style.
2. Add some color. If you love to decorate all in grays and earth tones, add a splash of color with a terra cotta or buttercream accent wall. If all of your tables are made of wood, add a table runner with a colorful geometric design.
3. Buy fresh flowers. You don’t have to keep grandiose bouquets of orchids and lilacs in every room, but a small vase of your favorite blooms adds both beauty and that homey touch.
4. Don’t stress your guests. If your home feels more like a museum rather than a house inhabited by living, breathing human beings, your guests will be impressed but definitely won’t feel comfortable. Don’t worry about having the “perfect home.” A little bit of clutter can be OK, and a slightly off-balance vase is not the end of the world.
5. Add a personal touch. You don’t have to hang pictures of your entire family tree in the entryway, but adding, say, your great-aunt’s favorite foot stool to the living room can bring a whole other level of personality and charm to the room. You can even update your favorite photos and heirlooms to fit a room if needed—Photoshop photos into a collage or decoupage frames and mirrors to fit into the decor or a particular room.
Remember, your home should be a reflection you and your family, so make them a part of it.