Atmosphere is the je ne sais quoi ingredient to interiors. You can't really put your finger on it and it's not really something you can buy in a box to add to your home. But it's the thing that differentiates a great home from just a good one, and it's the thing that makes guests want to stay and linger in your home as long as possible. How do you get it (or make your existing atmosphere even better)?
Well the answer to that isn't easy. A gorgeous, welcoming and rich atmosphere isn't as quantifiable as interior designers might wish it was (or else every restaurant in the world would ace atmosphere without even trying).
So don't take any of the tips or advice you find below as the law. These are merely suggestions of areas and ways you might do some adjusting to tweak and find your home's magic spot of atmosphere. (A note on the photos used to illustrate this post: atmosphere is even harder to show in photos than it is to define!)
If you feel like your home could use an atmosphere boost, consider trying one of these things:
Check your lighting: Aim for good and low lighting
Are you being true to your own style?
Your home should exude a lot of your own personal and wonderful personality; that will add a ton of atmosphere nearly instantaneously. If you're not sure if your home does or still unsure of your own style, here's help: 6 Ways to Pinpoint Your Home Decor Style.
And that it encourages conversation
Remember: Your attitude and how you make others feel plays a big part of having a great home atmosphere
How have you created an enviable atmosphere in your home? Do you have tips to share?