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To ask what makes a home lovely?

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googlenut Thu 04-Dec-14 21:16:17

Because I just don't seem to have that knack of creating a really warm, stylish and cosy home. I have to visit a lot of houses for my job and I think the following seem important:
1. Really clean - seems whatever the size if house if it is shiner clean it just seems really inviting
2. No clutter but not sparse. If there are things in a room they are colour coordinated.
3 good lighting - so lots of lamps etc
What else do you think? I've been in tiny house which were lovely because of all of the above so don't think it is necessarily anything to do with money.

SpringBreaker Thu 04-Dec-14 21:17:52

soft lighting, candles, neutral carpets/sofas/curtains with a splash of colour from cushions and a rug

nice fireplace

Trills Thu 04-Dec-14 21:29:15

I don't think really really clean is inviting. Just "clean enough".

dun1urkin Thu 04-Dec-14 21:29:45

Cats grin

LaurieFairyCake Thu 04-Dec-14 21:30:18

A farting dog

Cauliflowersneeze1 Thu 04-Dec-14 21:31:11

The feel of the house

Izzy24 Thu 04-Dec-14 21:31:17

Real fire in the cold weather. Soft lighting. Flowers. Nice smells.

Solasum Thu 04-Dec-14 21:31:51

Lamps. A comfortable sofa. A few personal items in every room, but not an ungovernable tide.

GloriousGloria Thu 04-Dec-14 21:32:25

My auntie told me my home was lovely and cosy the other day.

I have all of the above including the cats and trumping dogs grin

fuckmeblindiknowthatcat Thu 04-Dec-14 21:33:58


A cat makes a house a home wink

Shadow1986 Thu 04-Dec-14 21:34:17

Light airy spaces. Nice lighting. Personal touches I.e family photos. Clean and tidy. Fresh flowers. Scented candles. Hint of colour but not too much. I've just decorated my home and feels almost perfect.

NewEraNewMindset Thu 04-Dec-14 21:38:36

Nice smell, clean looking ie floors look hoovered, toilet is clean, rugs, homely ornaments like photographs, non cluttered, good decoration.

Andrewofgg Thu 04-Dec-14 21:38:43

The people in it.

Trills Thu 04-Dec-14 21:41:51

Being warm enough.

FoulsomeAndMaggotwise Thu 04-Dec-14 21:41:51

I love to see mess and clutter. Not dirt, but just stuff around the place. It makes me feel like you can tell that home is lived in and loved and fun times happen there. I like when people have music or the telly on while I visit, makes me feel part of the family. That's what makes a home lovely I think.

cheesecakemom Thu 04-Dec-14 21:44:11

Oooh definitely no animals - maybe just a small dog.

cogitosum Thu 04-Dec-14 21:45:10

I'm another one who likes a bit of mess and I think clutter is homely.

Also hate 'matchy matchy' side furnishings.

cogitosum Thu 04-Dec-14 21:45:35

Soft furnishings

MurderonthetopCs Thu 04-Dec-14 21:48:34

What makes a home welcoming is simply how welcoming you are. It isn't down to external stuff, imo, otherwise a show home on an estate would be welcoming.

avocadotoast Thu 04-Dec-14 21:52:24

If you don't have bright lighting you don't need it to be super clean wink

I like cosy but not chintzy. Comfy furniture, comfy cushions, practical solid furniture.

My house is for the most part a complete mess, but my living room is always lovely and cosy smile

Kbear Thu 04-Dec-14 22:01:24

cake in a tin and the kettle boiling

Ragglefrock Thu 04-Dec-14 22:05:33

I also dislike matchy matchy furnishings because it looks a bit try-hard and I like to see meaningful interesting things rather than random tat that serves only to complete a colour scheme.
Glad I got that off my chest!!
I agree that good lighting really helps but am not massively fussed if crumbs are on the floor etc and in fact super clean homes make me a bit nervous that I'll spill something. Talking points are good I.e wow Id love to know where that quirky photo was taken or oh, who's the piano player. I like homes with personality not just furnishes straight from ikea (especially down to the mass produced art).

minipie Thu 04-Dec-14 22:09:50

YY to soft/nice lighting and "no clutter but not sparse"

A general look of being cared for e.g. broken things have been fixed, items are mostly where they should be rather than scattered, beds made, curtains opened etc. Not a student pad basically grin

Some soft textures, ie not all hard wood/tiles but some fabrics too - cushions, rugs, curtains

Comfy sofa/armchairs

This is a personal thing, but I like furniture to look sturdy rather than spindly

CrockedPot Thu 04-Dec-14 22:16:00

Comfy sofas, fresh flowers, plants, books, nice rugs, clean windows. Bit of dust, the odd cobweb doesn't matter a jot. It's a feeling more than a tick box list though...what would put me off is domestic stuff on show, ie vacuum cleaner parked where you can see litter tray..cats, yes, shit, no. Dead plants, a no no, mysterious stains on walls, gross. Smelly loo..horrible. My home is not posh at all, lots of second hand stuff, but everyone who comes round comments that it's a lovely, lived in, home. And that's just the way I like it.

Mulligrubs Thu 04-Dec-14 22:22:43

Comfy sofa, soft lighting, matching colour schemes but not toooooooo match, not too clean but not super cluttered - just "lived in" I guess! Rugs, cushions and having the rooms at a warm temperature helps a lot.

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