A recent survey by interiors website My Domaine has revealed what visitors really think of your home.
Surprisingly, the first thing most visitors notice is not the mess or cleanliness, it is the flow of the rooms and the placement of furniture. You may find that visitors are mentally rearranging your space in their heads!
Secondly, no surprises, they do notice the cleanliness and clutter around your home. Some clean freaks, like Monica from Friends, will be champing at the bit to get out their dusters and spray cleaners, whilst the rest of us will just be gauging your mess against our own and making ourselves feel better about our own mess back at home!
Next up is visitors looking at your art, be it on the walls, the bookshelf or the coffee table. What you display is as important as what you give away about your cultural interests, magazines, books, etc. The worst thing, generic art – sorry Ikea!
Does your home smell nice? That’s next on the list. As the adverts say, you may be nose-blind to the smell of your home, good or bad, but visitors are experiencing it for the first time (even if they have visited before, they have re-set their senses by being away from the smell, even if only for a little while). So check if you have emptied the rubbish bin or the cat litter and light a lovely smelling candle for about 10-15 minutes before your guests arrive.
Guests will then be assessing the light in your home, natural or not, and how you have chosen to decorate/paint the rooms. Most visitors won’t be looking at the exact light fittings, just how they are placed and what they illuminate around the space. And most visitors don’t seem keen on red or brown walls.
Finally, guests will notice any plants, flowers or greenery and how much outside space they can see from inside. So maybe that bunch of withered petrol station flowers need to go!
The most important thing to remember is that they are your guests and you can repay them by thinking all the same things when you drop in on them unannounced too!