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Owning a home is a big investment but has so many benefits that make it worth the money. You have a space to call your own that does not share walls or include an upstairs neighbor.
You likely have an outdoor space that you can turn into an oasis. If you have a family, a home is a perfect space for them to grow into. Do you love to host? A house can give you more opportunities to do so.
Some people love to host events and get-togethers in their homes. They love the feeling of community that takes place as well as the preparation work that goes into hosting. While great food and fun activities can make any event a time to remember, the layout of your home is a major factor in your capacity for hosting.
Interior spaces, room design, furniture, decor, amenities, and outdoor spaces all affect how others will experience your home when they come to visit. If you want your house to be made for hosting, try out these tips for fostering a welcoming environment.
Invest in Your Outdoor Living Space
If you want to wow visitors on an evening with beautiful weather, you must start with the perfect outdoor living space. These areas are growing in popularity and are an absolute must for event hosters who want to make their guests feel welcome.
Some of the keys to a warm outdoor space are lighting selection, covered area, features like a firepit, patio furniture, and lawn maintenance. After all, if the lawn looks horrible, then it will take away from the aesthetic appeal of the outdoor space.
Light up the area well, frame it with a pergola or other covering, and implement comfortable outdoor furniture to make the most of the space.
Update the Kitchen
Hosting and eating go hand-in-hand. Almost every party or gathering that occurs between family and friends involves some level of food preparation.
That is why your kitchen needs to be an oasis for a cook. Not only will a clean and updated kitchen be a great room to show off to guests, but it will set you up well for providing good food and drink for everyone.
New appliances that are bigger and can be connected via smart technology will make cooking and other food preparation easier so that you can spend less time cooking and more time with your guests.
Plus, the food you make is likely to be delicious when you are using new appliances. A large island with tall chairs or stools can also provide more square footage for guests to congregate, and ample lighting will enhance this effect.
Be Selective with Your Furniture
Furniture can make or break an event, especially one that will take place inside. If people do not see places where they would like to sit or set a drink down, then they may not feel as comfortable in your home, making their experience less memorable.
A wide variety of seating options will give guests the freedom to find a place where they want to relax. Some furniture pieces that double as storage can make clean-up before the event happens easier, especially if you have kids who leave their toys out.
And speaking of kids, if you really want to go the extra mile, you could shop for sofas for children that have a fun element to them, creating a welcome environment for the youngest of guests that will visit your home. Additionally, if your interior spaces have united themes from room to room, and the furniture reflects that you will wow your guests.
Does the Layout Foster Connection?
Closed-off spaces with lots of isolated rooms are not always the best scenario during an event. It prevents the connection between guests from happening and could result in several smaller events developing out of one larger event.
To bring your guests together as much as possible, an open concept is the best method. This could mean that you knock out a wall between the kitchen and the dining room to create one larger area.
Is furniture spread through the middle of these rooms or closer to the edges to form open space? You can also open up additional square footage by adding wall-mounted storage to cut down on the clutter that is happening on the floor. Make sure that the layout of the home works in your favor when hosting events.
Remember it is Still Your Home
If you love hosting too much, you could end up living in a space that does not feel comfortable when the guests leave. It is important to remember that simple fact as you design the house for hosting purposes; it is still YOUR home.
The elements that you think guests will love should also be things that you will enjoy when it is just you or your family. Do not overcommit to the idea of creating a welcoming home for others if it detracts from your own experience.
Keeping this in mind, try out these ideas to form a beautiful hosting location that will please your guests and create better connections in your home.