Arranging for EntertainingColby Morrell
Yikes! It may seem a little early to start thinking about the holidays, but they are fast approaching – faster than most of us want to admit. With this in mind, have you ever thought about why some homes work better than others for a party? The size of the home can certainly make a difference, but size isn’t everything, and good company is important. But those things are secondary to the basic bones of a party. What really makes a get together successful is the layout of the furniture.
The best parties are ones where guests can hang out and have intimate conversations. A furniture arrangement that encourages people to mingle is key. Take our advice and see your parties transform from drab to fab!
When you have a large space, it’s important to place the furniture in small groups to create a sense of intimacy. A good rule of thumb is to not set furniture so far apart that you have to lean in across the coffee table to hear the person you’re talking to! Here, we put these two sofas facing each other with an accent chair angled to the side. This creates an intimate space for conversation.
It will never fail that some guests will gather in the kitchen. In this case, bar stools that are comfortable and stylish make a huge difference. Having seating in the kitchen allows those who wish to gather around the host (because we all know the host spends most of the time in the kitchen). This client entertains frequently and a large island with seating has made parties a breeze!
When you have a large area, furniture arrangement can be challenging. This client’s house is a great example of how to pull off multiple seating areas in one room. Layering mismatched furniture and different textures created a collected look that looks as if the pieces were bought over time. Defining each sitting area with a rug also helps define and divide the space. Different areas to gather in the same space is perfect for parties.