Ensuring Your Home Makes a Positive First Impression
Whether you are meeting your future in-laws for the first time or having your boss and their spouse over for dinner, you may be feeling a little more anxious and stressed than you thought you would be. You are a fabulous cook, and you are preparing a dish you can make in your sleep, so the food is not causing the stress. It's your environment. You know how important it is to make the right first impression, but maybe you are just not sure what message your home is sending. After all, there is a fine line between elegant and stuffy.
A Cozy Fire
Nothing screams, "Welcome!" like a warm fire. It is a feature that can complement any space with any color scheme or theme. That being said, even if you have a wood-burning fireplace, you probably don't want to send the message that you don't care about the environment or your health. Bio fuel wall-mounted fireplaces are perfect. Since bio fuel wall-mounted fireplaces are environmentally-friendly and create no smoke, they can be put in any room in your home. Also, since they are mounted at eye level, they create the strong focal point that every home needs.
Clean the Clutter
Having your future mother-in-law trip over a pile of shoes after walking through the door is not how you want to start this relationship. Make sure your home is clean, but not sterile. You want people to feel invited and comfortable, not scared to touch anything or sit on the furniture.
Spruce Up the Outside
Visitors to your home judge you long before they get in the door. You might as well "wow" them early, so they are prepared for a positive experience. A thoughtful welcome mat is important. It can have a funny quote or pretty picture; just make sure it's an extension of your personality, not what you think others expect to see. Solar lights, wind chimes, potted plants, and even a gnome can all give your space personality.
Now that they got past the door, the real judging begins. This is when their eyes being scanning in circles, taking in every detail. The entryway is where they make the split second decision whether they like your home or not. A coat rack, rug, and mirror are all essential here. If you have the space, a chair is a nice addition, so they have somewhere to sit and remove their shoes or put them back on later.