Everyone strives for their house to be a gathering place, where guests feel welcome and at home, but how do we do it? The most important thing you need to have is the right mindset. Making your home a gathering place means being content with sharing your home and yourself with others.
Besides the mentality, there are a few other things every gathering place needs. Here are a few ideas to make your home a gathering place for everyone who walks through the door:
Comfort Is Key
As you’re designing your space, put comfort first. For instance, when choosing seating options, be sure they are comfortable and will hold up to standard wear and tear. Once you have picked your couches and chairs, add cozy pillows and throw blankets to soften the space.
Also, be sure to keep the guest’s needs in mind. If they are spending time in the living room, give them a place to set their drink and show them where things like the trash can and bathroom are. If they are staying the night, put clean sheets and pillowcases on the bed, lay out fresh towels, and make sure they have all the amenities they will need.
Colors and Lighting
Choosing paint colors can be overwhelming, especially pairing furniture with them. Begin by picking a base color for the room, usually a warm neutral color. Then you can add accent colors and start bringing in furniture to match the space. Warm paint colors such as beige and terracotta will instantly make a room more intimate and inviting.
Like color, lighting plays a big role when creating a cozy space. Steer clear of harsh overhead and LED lighting and lean towards ambient light and warm lamps. This alone will transform the feel of any room and guests will appreciate the calm atmosphere.
Depending on the season, your backyard will be used just as much as your living room. When planning for guests, it’s important to have a comfortable patio or screened-in porch. This looks like furniture with cushions, a lot of room to play with the kids or dogs, and warm lighting for late night fun. If your house doesn’t have a big backyard, you can still use lighting and comfy furniture to make the most of the space.
Is Your House Ready For Guests?
As you look around your house, do you notice anything that could be improved or changed? If you’re unhappy with your current floor plan and want a house that can easily be turned into a gathering place, please contact us. You can call us at 574-527-1700, or email us at Kim@homeswarsaw.com to talk to one of our team members today. We would love to hear from you and learn more about what you’re looking for in your next home.