Are you someone who likes having people in your house? Are you the type of person who regularly hosts dinner parties and family gatherings? Being surrounded by friends and family makes us feel loved and secured. So, what’s a better plan in decorating your home than making it as guest-friendly as possible? If you love organizing gatherings and welcoming people into your home, you should make sure your place is something they’ll feel comfortable staying and spending time in.
Your home should enough space if you like inviting people over. You need to find or make space in your home where people can gather. Talk to underdeck contractors to transform the space under your deck into a patio. You can also convert your basement, loft, and garage into a space where your friends and family can gather during special occasions. If you’re lucky enough to have a spacious living and dining areas, then those are perfect for simple dinners and parties.
Invest in Comfortable Furniture
Start with the couch. It should be inviting. It should make people want to sit on it. If the couch looks like it belongs to a museum, your guests won’t feel comfortable sitting on it. They might even prefer to stand. Choose a couch where your guests can sit comfortably for hours.
Aside from the couch, there should also be a coffee table where they can put their drinks and mini plates of appetizers while they mingle with the other guests. Make sure there are coffee table books and magazines there, too, so your guests can keep themselves entertained if you cannot attend to all of them at once. There should also be some photo frames or photo albums to make the space as personal as possible.
Organize Your Entryway
This is the first thing that your guests will notice when they arrive at your house. Make sure that it’s clean and organized. You should also put a box or area where your guests can leave their shoes, umbrellas, and coats. However, don’t forget to make the space lively by adding decors such as potted plants and framed photographs.
Clean Your Bathroom
Don’t forget about the bathroom. It is one of the most important areas in your house for guests. Make it sparkly clean. Although they won’t use the shower or the bathtub, make sure to clean every corner of the bathroom. Your guests will notice even the soap scum on the floor. Put an essential oil diffuser and turn it on once the guests arrived. There’s nothing like a bathroom that smells like lavender to impress your guests. You should also put decorative pieces in the bathroom such as succulent plants or a pot of potpourri.
Burn a Scented Candle or Diffuse Oils
You are going to cook up a storm in the kitchen. You’ll be sauteing, baking, frying, and whatnot. The smell will be a mix of everything. It might overpower anyone who enters the room especially if you made Indian curry. So, why not use essential oils and scented candles to create a relaxing ambiance at home. You should consider going for citrus scents, as well as soothing fragrances such as basil, lavender, and chamomile.
Prepare the Guestroom
Your guests may not have planned to stay with you but what happens if there’s a sudden storm, or they had car troubles? They might need to stay with you for the night. If you have a guestroom, prepare that room to possibly accommodate your guests. Change the linens. Put some toiletries in a basket. Wipe the counters and mop the floor. Make sure the room will make them feel welcome to stay.
Pick a Large Table
You want to make your guests feel welcome, so make sure you have a nice big table to accommodate all of them. If you can’t all fit in the table, turn that into the buffet station and set up chairs around your dining and living area. You should pick a large and charming table because this will be the centerpiece of your party. At one point, everyone is going to gather around that table to get food or talk about how delicious the spread was.
These things don’t have to cost that much. And if ever you’re short on money but still want to make your guests feel welcome, don’t fret. The important thing is to gather people who love and care for each other. Your house’s decor is secondary to that. As long as everyone feels welcome and comfortable with each other, your part is going to be a huge success.