You’ve finally moved into your new home, and you’re bursting with ideas for all the things you can do with your newfound space. You’ve got ambitious plans for the garden. You can’t wait to turn the garage into your personal workshop. You can finally turn your home into the place where friends and family convene.
Turning your new home into the ideal place for hosting will feel like a major accomplishment. Not only will your home turn into a social nexus for everyone close in your life, but it can also help you keep your costs down as you reduce your nights out, which is usually a pretty high priority for new homeowners.
Here’s how you can turn your home into the perfect place for hosting parties, family gatherings, holidays, and afternoons watching the big game.
Lighting can have a huge impact on the atmosphere of your home. Paying attention to the lighting won’t just make for better evenings when you have company; it can also improve your own enjoyment of your on a daily basis.
Getting the lighting right is especially important over the holiday season when evenings come quickly and it’s dark out for longer.
A layered approach to lighting will help you create a cozy and inviting atmosphere. You can accomplish this by adjusting the height of lights above a dining table and making sure that lights are shaded such that no one is getting any harsh glare, wherever they are in a room.
When it comes to seating, there are three concerns to keep in mind:
- Having enough places to sit in areas where people will congregate.
- Making sure seating is comfortable and generally on a similar level.
- Placing furniture in a way that it’s in “conversation,” and you can comfortably gather to chat, watch a movie, or catch the big game.
If you’ve moved into your new home from a condo or apartment, you may have a lot more space than furniture to fill it. You can fill in the gaps by looking for seating and couches for sale online.
Having a spacious outdoor area is a huge blessing and one of the most appealing things about owning a house. Make the most of it by furnishing it for friends and family. A patio makeover will turn summer evenings and weekends into memorable experiences.
There are a few essential ingredients to making the perfect patio:
- Privacy from your neighbors. In addition to a fence, you might also want to wall off a patio with a trellis or slat fence.
- A covering can turn a patio into the perfect place to hang out in any weather, including the rain.
- Comfortable, rainproof furniture.
Kitchens for Socializing
The modern kitchen is more than a place to prepare food. It’s also a gathering place. Creating a kitchen where people can linger, sit, and laugh is perfect when you have friends over. It can be a great place for mingling, as people are more likely to stand around than plant themselves in a chair (although some barstools around a kitchen island can also be a great idea).
A few tweaks and furniture upgrades can transform your home into one that welcomes everyone in your life.