10 Tips On Giving Your Home A Great First Impression

Nov 07

First impressions – they can make or break someone’s perspective about you.

They’re very important when you’re going for a job interview, going out for a date, and even when you’re inviting someone over for dinner at your place.

Today we’ll be talking about the great first impression you can achieve by sprucing up your home. These tips are not exclusive to just guests, you can enjoy them too.

As a homeowner, there’s nothing you’d want more than to make a great impression with the right people in your life. We’re here to help you with just that.

In this article, we’re giving you 10 tips that will help you to make a great first impression when you invite someone over to your home. 

1. Color That Sets A Tone

The first thing you need to do is set a color. The color you choose will say a lot about your style and personality, so choose wisely.

When you’re thinking of a color you, imagine how it would make your house look.

Will it go with the style of the door? Would it make the door knocker look absurd or amazing? Will the finishing come nicely or will it ruin everything?

Colors can make us feel emotional. You can walk in a room and instantly feel happy because of the way the color pulls everything together.

That’s why this is an important tip. Not only will you be able to make a great first impression, but you’ll also feel better when you come back home from a long day’s work. 

2. Well-Lit Entrance

The entrance to your home is the key to everything. A well-lit entrance will be even better.

Be careful though, by well lit we don’t mean an entrance that is too bright. We mean a lighting that is both soft and layered is perfectly in tune with natural light.

Many people don’t think too much about this because they’re not aware of the magnitude. If you can captivate your guests with the entrance, chances are they’ll be mesmerized by the rest of the decor.

Make a false ceiling, add spotlights, pendants or lamps. Make a combination that will work best for you!

Also, the pathway that leads to your door should be neat and clean. Nobody will appreciate clutters and cobwebs hanging about when they first walk up to your door.  

3. Make Your House Smell Great!  

Another vital tip. If the first smell you’re getting when you walk in is of leftover rotting away in your bin, then you need to do something about it.

It’s going to be even more horrific for the guest to smell the same thing you’re smelling if and when they walk in. Make use of scented candles or room diffusers.

Light up a scented candle half an hour before your guests arrive. This will help the scented candle fragrance to spread properly throughout your house and leave it smelling better than what you were smelling before!

Room diffusers are a better choice, in my opinion, because they don’t give the impression that you lit up a candle. Instead, they’ll leave a subtle fragrance behind.  

4. Art, Furniture, and Decorations

Now that we’ve talked about smells, colors, and lighting, it’s time to talk about art, furniture, and decorations.
The statement you can make with either a piece of art, furniture or decoration will impact their impression of you. This will also speak volumes about your style, personality and how you perceive things.

The key is to put up either of these things in the first room your guests enter. It could be something personal to you or it could be something very simple.

Don’t go overboard with it, just be you! Make your own signature statement and tell your guests a little bit about your tastes and style. 

5. Flowers And Plants

When it comes to flowers and plants, the first thing that must come to your mind is the word: Fresh.

Indoor plants and flowers give life to your home. That being said, don’t turn your house into a forest. Put some fresh flowers or plants near the entrance or outside your door.

Pick a spot with efficient sunlight to sustain your plants, and make sure they’re in the right condition. A sight of plants and flowers will say a lot about you.

So, get some fresh smelling flowers and spice up your place! 

6. Music!

Nothing will make your guests feel better than music! It’s subtle, but it will help create a unique atmosphere. It has to speak about your style too.

It’s not just for the guests that you’ll put on some music. Do it for yourself when you’re feeling low, or play some romantic tunes to have a great night in with your partner.

Pick the right music that will blend with your guests’ tastes. So, put on some groovy tracks, get the wine out, and chill out with your guests. With music, nothing can go wrong. 

7. Keep Your House Clean

It’s common sense that an unclean and dirty house will put anyone off.

Imagine yourself walking into a house that has dust and dirt everywhere. You’ll be put off immediately and create an impression in your head about the person’s house you’re in.

The same can be in your case too, so do a little bit of cleaning before the guests arrive. Vacuum the carpet or sofa, dust the shelves, put the toys away, clear away the used coffee mugs and napkins, that’s all it takes to make a lasting impression.

If you don’t have storage space to put away useless mail or letters and other junks lying around, make use of a box or a storeroom where you can put unwanted clutter away at the last minute. 

8. Special Serve Wears

It’s an old custom to offer drinks when guests come over. However, it’s not an old custom to use whatever piece of glass or mugs you have.

Whatever you’re serving to your guests, make sure they match. Buy a separate case of glass or mugs for guests only. This will help you look composed and make the guests feel special.

It’s important to make the guests feel welcomed and special, so why not go the extra mile and keep a special serve wear for them only? 

9. Temperature

Having the right music, food, special wears is all fine and dandy, but you also need to think about the temperature.

Making your guests feel warm and cozy on a harsh winter day, or making them feel cool and relaxed on a hot summer’s day will make a great impression.

You have to know what the right temperature is for everyone. It’ll speak volumes about your consideration for them and also make them feel at home.  

10. Well-Stocked Pantry

A well-stocked pantry will come in handy when you’ve run out of milk or sugar, or an important ingredient when you’re cooking dinner.

Having to go out after the guests arrive to grab an ingredient you’re missing won’t make a good impression. It might even make them feel uncomfortable.

Would you really want to put them through that or be in their place when you’re visiting someone else’s house? No, right? Exactly, so have your pantry well stocked.

This also falls under stocking up on extra toiletries, napkins and etc. there’s nothing more awkward than having someone ask you where the toilet roll is. It’s better to be safe than sorry. 

Final Thoughts

We’ve presented 10 ways for you to make a great first impression, all you have to do now is follow them and see the results for yourself!

If you’re the same as me, someone who fails to make a first great impression but somehow manages to salvage the relationship just in time, then it’ll be wise to start implementing these useful tips.

We hope you become the talk of the town about being an amazing host and throwing wonderful parties! Just remember to have fun.