Getting together with family and friends is one of the best ways to enjoy your free time. It’s a way to make memories, share some laughs and stay connected to those you care about. But what happens if your house isn’t exactly set up for entertaining guests? Maybe you’ve been reluctant to invite people over for this exact reason and you’re growing tired of always having to meet somewhere else. Why not make 2023 the year you become the perfect host? We’ve got some great tips that will make your living room perfect for entertaining.
Provide Ample Seating for Your Guests
The first rule in being a great entertainer is to provide everyone with a comfortable place to sit. This means it could be time to replace your old and tired furniture with stylish new options that are big on space and comfort. Check out shops like Ligne Roset Bromley for the latest trends. If you have a smaller home, you may need to look into flex options that can double as other types of furniture when not used as seating. For example, an ottoman can be used for putting your feet up, as a table, or as seating, or just whatever you need.
Arrange Furniture in a Way to Encourage Conversation
It’s not just the type and quantity of seating you need, as there also needs to be thought put in the layout. For entertaining, you want to create a set-up that encourages conversation. Depending on the space available, you can even create multiple seating ‘zones’ if you will. To encourage conversation, make sure that the seating faces inward, so guests can look at each other while they speak. This allows for greater engagement. This may mean you need to do a quick rearrangement before guests arrive, and then put things back after they leave.
Provide a Place to Rest Drinks and Snacks
As a good host, you already know that providing drinks, appetisers and snacks to your guests is important, but they need to have somewhere to rest the items. Making sure there is a coffee table, end table, an oversized ottoman with a hard surface, or any other table-like piece of furniture will be important. Nobody wants to sit with a drink in their hand for hours with nowhere to rest the glass.
Get Rid of Clutter in the Living Room
Clutter is a big no-no when it comes to entertaining as this will make the room feel closed in and untidy. Make sure to do a thorough cleaning before guests arrive, removing everything that doesn’t have a proper place.
Create a Welcoming Atmosphere
Then there is the atmosphere, which you also have a lot of control over. This means turning off the television that just acts as a distraction, having relaxing music playing softly in the background, offering ample natural and artificial light, and lighting some scented candles. This will all work together to create the perfect atmosphere.
If you want to be known as the perfect host in 2023, be sure to use these tips so your guests feel welcome and comfortable in your home.