Designing a home is never something any of us tend to do with simply ourselves in mind. Even if we live alone, we expect to have visitors, like when friends and family come to stay over. So, it makes sense to create a home that caters for a number of people at any given time, so that you can host a crowd. After all, you never know when someone is going to pop round for a cuppa! Or, perhaps you are a family man with a partner and children (with a couple of household pets chucked in for good measure), and therefore you need a home that is suitable for socialising in every day. Whatever the ins and outs of your personal life are, it is worth taking the potential presence of multiple people into account when you go about designing your home. This is not only relevant on a practical level, but on an aesthetic one too. You can completely change the atmosphere of a room by the way in which you choose to decorate it, which may help to make it a much more welcoming environment for guests. If you are ready to open up your home to whoever is passing by, here are some ways you can create a space that is warm and comfortable for all.
Make the most of the space
One common reason many of us cite for not entertaining at home is a lack of space. As our cities and towns expand, the demand for housing soars, and as a result, local councils are packing in a greater number of smaller homes/flats. But contrary to popular belief, you don’t have to be the proud owner of a luxury townhouse with fifteen-foot ceilings in order to be the perfect host. All you need to learn to do is to make the best of the space you have. This may, of course, mean getting a little creative. Consider which rooms usually get filled up when you have people over to socialize. Chances are, it is the kitchen and the living room, respectively. Move anything out of the way that is only going obstruct the groups of people as they gather – this could be ornaments, large floor lamps, coffee tables, etc. If you are not going to use all the chairs you have in your property at any given time, find somewhere to store them to free up space, or stack them neatly in a corner. Also, remember that you are not just limited to inside the house itself. If you have a beautiful and spacious garden, why not host your gathering al fresco instead, or at least leave the back door open so people can go in and out as they wish?
Before you have any guests over to your home, you are going to want to create a pleasant ambiance that helps to set the tone for the evening. Of course, creating a relaxed atmosphere is never all too easy in a house full of kids. But hey, you may as well try! Sprucing the place up a bit also tells your guests that you have made an effort ahead of them arriving. Start right at the beginning, in the hallway. After all, it’s the first thing they’ll see when they walk into your home. In an ideal world, have somewhere they can hang their coat and anything else they may have brought with them, such as an umbrella. Dim the lights so that they are not overly bright and harsh, but so that your guests can still see without straining their eyes. Finally, it always helps to have a fragrant candle burning in the hallway as people arrive.
Make sure your place is comfortable
Going to someone’s house for the evening is all well and good – but if you have to perch on the kitchen worktop for three hours just to have a conversation with someone, the sheen can be taken off the evening somewhat! If you know you are going to be hosting quite a few people, always make sure you have enough seating for them. Sure, people do often end up just floating around the kitchen or the hallway leaning on things – but it is courteous to have provided enough seating for them in the first place. Plus, if it is a beautiful summer’s day, why not extend the seating out into your garden? Sure, some people might be more than happy to sit on the grass on a rug. But, having some quality garden furniture from a site such as www.bridgman.co.uk/garden-furniture can help to make your home the go-to place for a gathering the second the sun comes out to play. Back indoors, don’t worry if you don’t have enough ‘proper’ seating to go around. Get creative with some more relaxed options, such as beanbags. They are relatively inexpensive, and you can get all sorts of different colours, shapes, and sizes that your guests will love. Bonus: they also work really well for a family movie night!
Have food and drink within easy reach
If you’ve ever hosted a gathering or a party, you will know that at some point in the night, your guests want to start raiding the fridge. This may seem okay to you at the time, but it can be more than a little convenient when you wake up the next morning short of a few of your usual culinary amenities. The truth is, having ‘guest particular food’ in your home can be a useful thing all year round, whether you are expecting a huge house party or just expecting someone to come round for a cup of tea mid-afternoon. As long as you are stocked up on fairly non-perishable things like biscuits and breadsticks, tea, coffee, and alcohol, you should always be prepared for whatever even the fussiest of guests can throw at you! You bought your home for you – but these are some of the best ways you can ensure that everyone wants to share it with you.