Opening up your home doesn’t have to be stressful. With proper design and flow, guests will feel comfortable and welcome without any unnecessary work on your part. These tips will help you create an inviting atmosphere, whether you have a cozy country cottage or beach villa.
1 – Turn your living room into a restful place where guests can gather and converse. Pieces of furniture that offer additional seating like sectionals and benches are perfect when guests are coming. For informal gatherings, large pillows or Moroccan poofs can add extra space in a pinch. Be sure that the furniture is facing each other, not the television. It’s hard to carry conversation if everyone is looking in the other direction.
2 – Make sure pathways are clear to promote traffic flow. You don’t want to make it awkward for people to move across a room or get around one another. Clear unnecessary objects from hallways and entryways while guests are over, and make sure you leave about a foot and a half of space between pieces of furniture.
3 – Accessorize! There’s nothing like adding a touch of charm or sleek contemporary style to spark conversation. If you’re working with hardwood, tile, or laminate floors, an area rug will add texture and warmth to your home. Pillows will make any sofa look more comfortable.
4 – Use existing tables to your advantage. Large coffee tables are perfect for games or appetizers, and sideboards or buffets in the dining room can be used as a staging area for drinks or food prep. A DIY bar or food assembly station will help keep you out from behind the kitchen counter and allow your guests to help themselves as much as they want.
5 – Use mood lighting to create welcoming atmosphere. Instead of harsh overhead lighting, use lamps and wall sconces throughout your dining room and living room as a softer alternative. Candles are also a hostess’s best friend. Lighting a few inexpensive candles will make the occasion feel special.