Do You Have the Best Living Room for the Holidays?

Posted by Devon Shryock

Halloween is this weekend which means the holiday season has officially begun. Is your home ready to entertain your friends and family? Though a lot of the holiday excitement happens in the kitchen, make sure everyone is comfortable when watching a football game or playing cards. Here are our favorite tips for having the best living room for the holidays:

Think about the layout

  • Create a center focal point in the room. This can be a fun coffee table or area rug. The point is to focus your guests' attention to the middle of the room and therefore on each other, rather than towards the walls.
  • That being said, don't use the television as the focal point. It should be an afterthought. Unless everyone's gathered at your home to watch the big Thanksgiving football game, turning on the TV is the death of any holiday party. Your TV should be easily observed and visible from various seating areas without distracting your company.
  • Consider creating a "great room" or utilizing an open floor plan. This opens up the space without dividing the group. It also ensures the host (that's you!) can stay involved in the festivities even while checking on dinner.
  • Provide plenty of flat spaces. Everyone will need a place to put down their drinks, appetizers and even dinner plates (using coasters of course). An adequate number of table tops and open spots will prevent any awkwardness of carrying around an empty cup.
  • Invest in multi-functional pieces. Items such as benches can serve as table tops and seating when necessary. This makes your living room become flexible and adapt to the gathering's needs.

Provide comfortable seating

  • Speaking of extra places to sit, you'll want to provide plenty of seating for your guests. However, filling the room with a thousand spare chairs is uncomfortable and aesthetically displeasing.
  • Pushing all the furniture against the walls seems like it would open up a room, but it actually has the opposite effect. Instead, bring the furniture together so you don't have an awkward sharing circle in your living room.
  • Along those same lines, it's perfectly okay to create multiple smaller seating groups in the room, provided there's enough space.

Embrace decorations

  • Don't feel limited by the season! A great living room should be suitable for entertaining year-round, so the interior color palette doesn't have to be limited to a fall or holiday color scheme. Instead, incorporate seasonal colors in the decorations and accents pieces.
  • Spice up the decor with interesting and engaging designs. This will break up any potential monotony and can keep the room energized.
  • Decorate for the season - and have fun with it! But be wary of over decorating. Your home is not a department store and you don't want the guests to feel like they're in Santa's Village.

If you feel like your home needs more than some new furniture and creative interior decorating before your guests arrive, give S.E.A. Construction a call. We'll work with you to create the living room of your dreams.

For more ways to create the warmest home environment for the holidays, take a look at these other blogs:
The Ideal Kitchen Design for the Holidays
The Immediate Benefits of an Open Floor Plan

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