I asked three local store owners for their definitions of a welcoming and well-designed room. This is what they had to say:
Judy Rayner and Nancy Fullerton, The Great Room:
The colour has to make you feel welcome. In our case, we don’t want too much colour. It has to be a soft, warm colour. The room also has to be functional. You have to feel comfortable in the room.
Kristopher Ledoux, Abode Reclaimed Furniture:
The most important thing is the ability to move in the room, the flow of the room. The room should have good feng shui. There should be a healthy mix of contemporary clean lines and a little bit of rustic. And, lastly, the room should have big, thick picture frames, and not too much clutter.
Jennifer McNutt Bywater, Vested Interest Trading:
No clutter. This is especially true if you have children. You want to be able to put things away. The room should also have a complimentary colour scheme, and a warm and comfortable layout with a focal point. But most importantly: go with what you really love! You should be able to look around your home and feel that you truly love everything that you have chosen for it. That is how I feel about my own home.
What defines a welcoming home for you?