There is something special about the perfect house. Spacious but still cozy, and a special sense of warmth in the air. Recreating that feeling in a functional space for entertaining in your own home can be a struggle.
But even if you know how you want your home to feel, it can be difficult to identify the specific elements that make a space ideal for hosting. So what is it that makes your friend’s home feel so inviting?
Certain home improvements can go a long way toward creating an ideal environment for entertaining. From flexible spaces and storage to thoughtful lighting and sound, there are many home remodeling options that can help you create a space your guests will love.
Create flexible spaces
One of the secrets of successfully entertaining is to have a versatile space. Being able to expand seating for meals, clear space for activities, or transform the environment with unique lighting can make delightful gatherings a breeze. Multifunctional spaces can also make it easier to entertain groups of different sizes or functions.
An open kitchen adjoining a family room can do wonders for casually entertaining groups of different sizes. By remodeling your kitchen to open it up to an adjacent room you multiply your options, giving you a flexible serving space for drinks or hors d’oeuvres.
Take your kitchen to the next level
A highly functional kitchen is key to successful entertainment. If your kitchen is a joy to be in, preparing and serving food for your guests can be a breeze. But let’s not forget aesthetics either. Hosting is a lot better when you have a kitchen you want to show off.
Here are a few home improvement ideas you can incorporate to make working in the kitchen as smooth as possible:
- A dedicated wine fridge so you can chill a few bottles to the perfect temperature before the party
- A coffee bar with everything you need for a cozy breakfast with visiting family members
- A breakfast nook with comfortable cushioned bar stools or bench seating
- Open shelving to provide extra storage
- More counter space so you and your helpers don’t feel cramped during food prep
- A hands-free faucet so you can wash dishes more quickly
- Under-cabinet lights to make it easier to see and create a warmer vibe
It’s also important for kitchens to be open and comfortable. You don’t want to feel like you’re stuck in an isolated food work area while everyone else is in another area of the house! If you don’t already have an open-concept kitchen, you may want to consider knocking down a wall during your next home remodeling project so the chefs can more easily interact with everyone else.
Engage the senses
The best entertainers do more than just provide good food in ample space. It’s all about setting the mood — and that includes engaging the senses.
Beautiful furniture and décor are the main focus for many entertainers planning home improvements. However, you may still be missing a key element of the visual experience: lighting. Many design experts advise using a balance of direct and indirect lighting with dimmers. Outdoor lighting can also contribute to the mood even if you stay indoors the whole time. Smart lighting can be a great way to instantly improve the lighting in your home.
Don’t forget about touch! Comfortable furniture is vital to helping guests feel at ease, even in the most elegant environments. Layering with soft fabrics, leathers, and other materials can help people feel at home.
Add some extra storage space
Nothing can detract from a beautiful gathering like having to deal with clutter. That’s why many homeowners are focusing on increasing storage space to keep their belongings out of guests’ sight, and just keep things more organized. To keep your home clean and organized, you will likely need storage space throughout your home, especially in the kitchen.
It’s important to keep kitchen items hidden until they are needed. A great option is to build a kitchen island with lots of built-in storage. This also gives you extra countertop space for serving appetizers or preparing meals.
Build a space that is right for you
The final trick to creating an amazing space for entertaining is to optimize for your preferred entertaining style.
Some people love to host cocktail parties in a large, open space with high ceilings. Others might prefer a cozier-feeling space with a remodeled fireplace for intimate gatherings with their extended family. Maybe you’d like something in between — a flexible living area that you can use for moderately large parties combined with a gorgeous outdoor space you can use if you’re inviting a lot of people.
If you live in the Pacific Northwest, you will likely want to take full advantage of the comfortable weather while entertaining in the warmer months. An outdoor patio with its own kitchen and comfortable seating is perfect for hosting a summer barbecue with friends.
To extend the length of your outdoor entertainment season, consider adding an outdoor fireplace so guests can warm up and enjoy the cozy lighting. You could also create a covered entertainment area so you don’t have to worry as much about unexpected weather. A little rain shouldn’t have to ruin your fun.
The perfect remodel for your Eastside Home
Not sure what changes you want to make in your home? Talk to the talented design experts at SSR. We have helped numerous clients achieve their entertainment space goals from the kitchen to the patio.
SSR has over 75 years of experience turning our customers’ vision into reality. We are residential remodeling contractors serving homeowners in Redmond, Bellevue, Sammamish, Issaquah, Woodinville, Kirkland, Kenmore, and Bothell. Our team follows the design-build process, with expert interior designers, engineers, and architects here to help throughout your entire project. Contact us today to get started on the entertaining space of your dreams.