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Decorative ideas to enjoy a warmer and more welcoming home

To come to a place and say that one feels instantly at home is one of those clichés that we have all heard before. But Why exactly should we feel at home? Since a home is where we spend the most important part of our life in, it must feel warm and cosy. Getting these pleasant sensations is much easier if you follow certain guidelines when choosing your home decor.

The importance of lighting
Some interior designers consider lighting to be the most important factor in creating a cosy room. Exaggerated or not, the truth is that the intensity and quality of light can even affect our state of mind. A homogeneous light, not very intense and yellow is the most recommended for a welcoming home. An alternative to the above is to have aromatic candles that give a pleasant fragrance while creating a more intimate and relaxed atmosphere.

Wood and other natural materials
When choosing furniture, designs inspired by natural environments are the best option for those seeking a more welcoming home. Emulating the serenity and discretion of a chalet in the woods, the wood finishes, beyond the furniture, also contribute to generating these feelings. Laminate flooring is a very complete solution to fully integrate our home in this decorative design. On the other hand, it is a material with proven effectiveness as a thermal insulator, so your home will maintain its warmth even during winter.

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Comfort everywhere
Arriving home and dropping yourself on a soft and cosy piece of furniture is one of those little pleasures of everyday life. Cushions are much more than a decorative feature, since they help us take a rest or regain strength. We can combine them with sofas or chairs, while their colours and / or printed patterns can also be welcoming. If you don't have any pets in your home, you should consider carpeting the floors.

Memories of home life
If there is anything that makes a home feel cosy and warm, it has to be all the past memories of the occupants. This doesn't mean you should clutter it with furniture, tables and picture frames, but some details can be included in this regard. A rustic design frame, for example, can be hung on a bare wall to remind you of your best holidays or a family occasion that you are fond of remembering.

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Property on offer in Spain

In recent years, the Spanish property market has become a sector particularly valued by international investors, and it's no surprise. Between 2009 and 2014, property prices in Spain underwent notable changes, and as a result properties are currently being sold at very competitive prices. This situation applies to houses both for sale and to let, as well as to more luxurious properties, making Spain a practically unique case in Europe. The best investment possibilities can be found in Spain's high-end properties.

The high-end sector is the most interesting to the international investor. Many people the world over consider property in Spain, especially in the larger cities, to be some of the best patrimonial assets in Europe (a good example would be a luxury attic in Madrid or Barcelona). And as for the exclusively residential market, those who wish to have a second home in Spain, or buy a main house can also benefit from this situation. Logically, all of these benefits also reach the proprietors who wish to sell their houses.

Living and working in Spain

The quality of life enjoyed in Spain is the result of a unique combination of climatic, geographic, and of course, human factors. Living in Spain is an option that is contemplated by more foreigners every day, and buying a house is the first step towards that. Acclimatisation tends to be fast, and those who move in with the objective of developing business ventures can also count on easier administration when buying a house. Spain's high quality property market paves the way forward.

The type of property which one moves into in Spain will obviously depend on the newcomer's aspirations. Those who head to Spain, whether to live or to work, can enjoy the wonderful surroundings, either in an apartment with a view (of the beach, mountains or the city) or in a house right on the coast. For more information, it can be very useful to seek the advice of an estate agent in Spain, who will analyse the most interesting offers based on the prospective buyer's criteria.

Selling your house in Spain

Selling your house is another option for foreigners who live in Spain. Whether you are coming to the end of your stay in Spain or you just want to get rid of one asset in particular, the services of a reliable and trustworthy Spanish estate agent are essential. These professionals will examine the qualities of the villas in Spain that they want to commercialise, reaching the most advantageous sales agreements possible and getting the luxury properties in question on the market. Little wonder: if anything indicates the current context of the market it's that the role of the agent is basically to close a good sales agreement.

How to arrive in and travel through Spain

Alongside the properties that Spain has available, the country also offers areas of great patrimonial and natural interest. It's worth highlighting the excellent connections by land, sea and air to all the European capitals such as London, Paris, Berlin, Rome, Brussels, and Geneva, and many other European cities are less than a three-hour journey from the main Spanish airports. Those who travel to Spain have airports at their disposal not only in the main cities but also in the majority of the provinces. Another alternative to get around the country is via the complete train network that, on a smaller scale, consists of commuter trains to the inland regions, creating easy access to almost any town and property in Spain.