Who doesn’t love a home gathering? You’re spending time in a friend’s home, you’re more comfortable because you’re not out in public, and the whole ambiance is left to someone you actually know. Ambiance is important! It can make or break your guests’ experience. So, if you’re hoping to host your own incredible home gatherings, you’re going to want to consider your interior design—which directly informs the ambiance of your gathering.
In this blog post, we’ll explore the connection between design quality and the quality of entertainment in that space. Next, we’ll give some tips and insights for designing a memorable yet comfortable space for gathering. You and your guests deserve a space that’s as unique and enjoyable as your friendships!
When you’re having people over, good design will vastly improve your ability to host. For starters, it allows you to connect better. A well-designed space provides a comfortable environment for folks to interact, which in turn helps conversation flow. Thoughtful design also means there will be designated areas for food, seating, and activities, which can make the whole experience more seamless and enjoyable. Whether you’re throwing a dinner party or casual get-together, a space that’s inviting and well-organized will make your guests want to stay all day (or night).
Although every design project is going to be different, here are a few rules of thumb to keep in mind.
Understand what your space needs. To create a space that actually fits your needs, you need to know what those needs are. This is one of the reasons we recommend working with an interior designer: because they know the right questions to ask. If you work with a designer, one of the first things we do is learn about your lifestyle, personal preferences, and the types of gatherings you host. This information acts as the foundation of our design, because without it, we can’t cater to the things that are most important to you!
Take time for space planning. No matter how much or little square footage your space has, you want to take advantage of all of it. Again, a designer can help with this. Designers can help you maximize your space by considering factors like flow of movement, seating arrangements, and utilization of indoor and outdoor areas.
Consider both aesthetics and functionality. With a great designer, you don’t have to choose between beauty and practicality! You can have the best of both worlds. A designer can help you define your aesthetic, ensuring your space is visually cohesive and reflective of your personal taste. They will also consider all the important practical elements such as storage, durability of materials, and ease of maintenance.
Don’t forget the details. It’s the little details that can really elevate a space, showcase your unique style, and create an ambiance your guests will remember. From paint colors to accessories and more, these small details will both invite your guests to relax and act as great conversation starters.
Worried about getting furniture and layout just right? We feel you: it’s admittedly easier said than done. Here’s a list of three quick tips to get you started in the right direction.
1. Incorporate a few statement pieces! Not only can statement pieces show off your style “personality,” they can create a nice focal point for a space. Plus, one or two standout elements can spark great conversations between you and your guests. Rather than buying a statement piece trending on TikTok, we recommend taking the time to find something you’ll still love in the coming years. (Unless you just love the piece and/or TikTok.)
2. Furniture should be versatile and comfortable. Having a variety of comfortable seating options for your guests will make any and all types of gatherings easier. Couches are great for lounging or games, dining chairs are great for forming deeper connections between guests, and counter height island stools in a kitchen allow guests to mingle with the host. Plus, having several spaces where folks can sit in different modes will allow for some movement and a change of pace.
3. Think about the flow of your space. The flow will impact how your guests move through your rooms. To ensure good flow, consider universal design so that each portion of your home is accessible to everyone. You should also remember to purchase appropriately scaled furniture for each room and to maximize all available space through indoor outdoor flow. Remember, as party-goers are moving from room to room, you want them to feel comfortable–and for your party to feel easy–at every turn.
When it comes to entertaining, great design makes everything easier and more fun for both the host and their guests. Whether you love throwing a dinner party because you love to cook, or a game night that goes on for hours—your gatherings will be all the more amazing in a space that’s well-designed.
A bonus to designing your home’s gathering spaces well? Thoughtfully designed, versatile spaces for entertaining will increase the value of your home. But we’re getting ahead of ourselves. Good design exists for your enjoyment, and you should enjoy your time spent hosting people you care about—in a space that makes everyone comfortable and happy.
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