Three things guests really notice in your home, according to an eye-tracking study

Something to think about this holiday season

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A new study has revealed three things in our homes that are likely to catch guests' eye. We love making our homes into calm spaces for ourselves - but we often wonder what kind of impression they give off to visitors.

It'll soon be time to welcome in friends and family for Halloween parties, Thanksgiving dinners and Christmas celebrations - so what are the top things guests notice? We'd imagine it would be things like hand soap, hand towels, and our cozy fall decor...

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But, apparently, kitchen floors, home office chairs and throws on a bed are three of the top items that people focus on the most when visiting. Research by used eye-tracking technology to locate areas of different rooms that hold people's gaze for the longest time.

1. Office chairs

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In the top spot were office chairs. This comes as no surprise - the working-from-home revolution meant we had to invest in functional office items like chairs, desks and laptop stands. 

And they're not always the most beautiful pieces of furniture, it's fair to say. However, a proper office chair with lumbar support are much better than working from the sofa, or bed. 

If it's time to take the plunge, invest in the best office chair so you can work in comfort and style. Hopefully it won't feel at odds with the rest of your decor and guests will be admiring it rather than noticing an ugly black chair tucked in the corner.

2. Kitchen floors

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Next up, we have kitchen floors - how are yours looking? With 323 views and maintaining the gaze of visitors for 2,987 milliseconds, kitchen flooring is the second most viewed element in the home.

Whatever yours looks like, keeping it freshly swept and mopped when guests come over goes a long way. If you're planning a kitchen renovation, it could be worth spending a bit more time making sure you're 100% happy with your decision.

3. Throws on a bed

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It turns out the throw blanket on your bed can also get a lot of attention from guests. Throws were the fourth most-noticed element recorded in the study, after children's beds or cots. 

The best throws bring all the cozy vibes for fall, as well as providing some extra warmth on chilly nights. We're loving the chunky knit throws on Amazon right now, which add lovely texture, color and visual interest to your bedding. 

Layering a blanket at the bottom of your bed is a great way to finish of your bedroom and make the bed look more luxurious.

Millie Hurst

Millie joined Real Homes in early 2021 as a homes news writer. When she isn't writing about trends, makeovers and houseplant care, she spends her free time making tweaks to her rented flat in North London. Her next project is a very basic armchair reupholstering job to help create a cosy reading nook in her living room. She loves browsing antique centres, tending to her small front garden, and is never without some fresh flowers at home.