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Designing the perfect home doesn’t only mean making it just right for your family, it also means making it cozy for guests. After all, it’s no secret that Southwest Florida is probably the best place to be in the country this winter, and with all the ice storms, sub-zero temps and gloomy days, visitors can’t wait to ditch their boots and coats and slip into their bathing suits for a much-needed tropical vacation. When visitors are knocking at your door, it’s nice to welcome them into a home that you’re proud of, one that emanates cheer, comfort and of course, relaxation. From subtle tweaks to full-blown renovations, here’s how to make your home warm and inviting.

Open Up the Entryway

If you’ve ever taken a second to notice a supermarket or a department store, these buildings have what are called “decompression zones” meant to help shoppers get their bearings and decide which direct to head off in first. The same goes with your home, as guests may need a moment to take it all in and get settled when they first step inside. If you’re building a new home or renovating an existing home, keep this in mind and try and opt for an open, airy front entrance, so everyone, including you, can take a moment to take in your surroundings. High ceilings and lots of light help to make this space refreshing and calming.

Opt for Warm, Neutral Tones

Cozy colors set the mood of the space, and when it comes to making your guests feel at ease, paint color can play a big role in this, which is why warm tones are in right now. Stick to some of the following paint colors to create an inviting atmosphere:

  • Rich Cream

  • Muted Taupe

  • Soft Gold

  • Rustic Green

In choosing a more natural color palette, you’re setting the tone for the home, which can really place guests in a more relaxed state.

Give Guests Their Own Space

No one wants to feel like they’re in the way of their host, and one way to alleviate this feeling is by having a dedicated space for guests. Whether it’s a simple room or a spacious guest suite, guests wants to feel like they have their own decompression space during their visit. Many designers recommend decorating this space hotel-style to bring a sense of relaxation and comfort to these temporary living quarters.

Showcase Your Views

Nothing says paradise better than breath-taking views of the water or the gentle sway of palm trees, and if you’re lucky enough to have a home with these views, it’s best to make them the center of attention. Large windows to let the light in, as well as sliders to open up into the outdoor living area make the space simply spectacular, not only for your guests, but for your everyday Southwest Florida lifestyle as well.

Your Inviting Space

From minor accents to major upgrades, choosing how your home feels is as important as how it’s built. Keep these tips in mind the next time your northern friends ring you up asking for a temporary reprieve from the snow, so that you can make their stay as comfortable as ever. When it comes to your Southwest Florida home, nothing beats a cozy oasis in paradise.

The team at Gulfstream Homes can’t wait to help you design the perfect home for you…and your guests! Call (239) 254-1664 or visit to get started.

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