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Creating lifelong memories with friends and family is what makes a house a home.
There’s a certain joy that comes from being able to host Thanksgiving in your very own dining room or to throw a cocktail party for a loved one’s birthday. That joy is bound to be amplified and the gatherings will feel even more special after these challenging months of seclusion we’ve endured. While good food and company are key ingredients for a great gathering, savvy entertainers know that there’s a little more to it. Your home’s ability to welcome and wow can come down to a few simple ingredients.
We’ve compiled some key considerations to keep in mind when designing your home for entertaining.
The open concept floor plan is among the most popular for entertaining.
If you’ve ever watched a home improvement show, you know that almost every renovation kicks off with a plan to knock down walls and “open up the space”. There’s a reason that interior designers flock to open floor plans: they work. The open concept hinges on there being a great room that connects several rooms within a space, often only separated by pillars or knee walls. Having an open sight line from your living room to your kitchen invites family and guests to navigate your home’s living areas more freely. Also, hosts can work on food prep for a dinner party while also being able to mingle with guests or monitor children in a nearby area.
Keep the space united.
Are you looking for design ideas to make an open concept space feel more pulled together? Give the great room a focal point. This can be a fireplace, built-in shelves, interestingly angled walls or vaulted ceilings. Another trick is to use paint colors to define and join together open spaces. One go-to trick interior designers often use is to select three colors from the same palette—a dark shade, a medium shade and a light shade—all in the same sheen. For example, you might apply a rich navy to far-away accent walls or smaller areas like the kitchen backsplash, and two lighter hues of blue throughout the rest of the space. Before you paint, consider the angles of your rooms from various vantage points. This will give you a better idea of where to define areas with color.
Even the roomiest of spaces can feel cramped when the interior design is off. If you’re installing a kitchen island, your kitchen should be greater than 13’ wide and allow for 42-48” of open space around your island. Consider the layout of your family room, too. Think to create imaginary ‘hallways’ around fixtures, such as your couch and coffee tables. For safety, make sure that you plan your furniture layout in all living areas to allow for clear and open pathways to any exit areas. Furniture should allow doorways, particularly those with swinging doors, to function properly.
Keep it casual.
Glass-front kitchen cabinets or open shelving are not for everyone, but having at least some of them in your kitchen can be helpful. Making your glassware and other items visible allows your guests to help themselves and you can enjoy more of your own party. Place stools at your kitchen island to provide casual seating for guests to help themselves to wine and hors d’oeuvres. In other rooms, create gathering zones to allow guests to congregate in areas that are social or a little more intimate. For example, in your living room you might have a large sectional near the television plus a pair of cozy chairs by the fireplace.
Welcome the outdoors.
One of the best tricks for doubling your entertainment space is to create an easy flow between indoor and outdoor spaces. Double doors, decks and patios provide a portal to additional space for family and guests to gather. If outdoor entertaining isn’t appealing, or if your lot doesn’t allow for it, consider large atrium or bay windows to flood your indoor space with natural light. Not only will you save on energy costs, you’ll also be able to provide a gorgeous and natural backdrop for the interior of your home.
Is it time to transform your home into a sought-after gathering place to be enjoyed by many for years to come? Please contact our helpful team of professionals for more clever ways to maximize your home’s entertainment value.
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