Hosting guests comes naturally to some and not so naturally to others. But it isn’t just about how good of a host you are when it comes to making a positive impression. Your home is a reflection of your personality, and creating a welcoming space will help your guests feel more at ease during their stay.

Simple Touches to Make a Home More Welcoming to Your Guests

How to Make Your Home More Welcoming to Your Guests

Whether you are an experienced host or it’s your very first time hosting in your home, these simple touches will elevate the space and make it much more inviting.

Know Your Guests

The better you know the people visiting, the more you will be able to cater to their unique needs. If, for example, you know that one of the guests loves a particular kind of beverage, keep some in your kitchen and surprise them with it. Check in advance if anyone has dietary requirements, especially if you plan to serve a meal. This level of consideration will help them feel that you truly care about their comfort.

Create Comfortable Spaces

Speaking of comfort, it is essential that your guests can mentally and physically relax in your home. If they are only staying for a meal, set up the dining space to make room for everyone to eat comfortably. If they are staying overnight, preempt what they might want or need in their bedrooms, so they don’t have to feel awkward asking you for it. This might include glasses and some water, extra towels, and something to read. Dress the beds in the best organic sheet sets, so your guests sleep well and wake up feeling refreshed. Let your guests know if there are any peculiarities about your home, such as a faulty lock on the bathroom door or an unexpected step down to the kitchen. This will give them a small yet important additional layer of comfort.

Keep It Clean

The cleanliness of your home matters when guests come to stay. Not only do clean spaces make people feel more at ease, but they are also important for hygiene reasons. You don’t need to stress out about not dusting every corner of the ceiling or disinfecting the top of the refrigerator, but make sure your home is ready for them to feel safe, comfortable, and relaxed. Just make sure not to be so strict as to disallow any untidiness from your guests, as this is far from welcoming.

Make Allowances

You may have spent a long time tidying and cleaning before your guests arrived. You may have swept all the floors and changed all the bedding. However, expecting your guests to leave your home exactly as they found it is not only unrealistic, it’s unreasonable. Know that the more people in your home, the higher the chances of something spilling or breaking. Being uptight and anxious about them disrupting your home will only cause you unnecessary stress and cause them discomfort.

Use the above advice to help you make your home that extra bit more welcoming and impressive.

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About the Author: Patricia Davis Brown

Patricia, like her blog, is not a one-dimensional designer, which is evident in her accolades of 17 national design awards. Over a 38-year career in the industry, she has carved a niche in several areas of design. Licensed in interior design and certified in kitchen and bath design, she offers a full menu of design services ranging from whole house interior design, kitchen and bath design, lighting design, full remodels, commercial design and universal (ADA) design. Patricia is a sought-after speaker in the industry and has been published in many publications as seen on her interior design firm’s website, She writes for such publications as QuinStreetinc, Relaxed Remodeler, and talent offering design tips.