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

Tell Us What You Think. Post Your Comment Below.

Name *

Email *

Comment *

2000 characters remaining

Captcha:

Apr 23, 2016
aFITirVhUiB said:
Hello there there! This article couldn’t be created any far better! Reading through via this submit reminds me of my prior area mate! He often stored discussing this. I’ll ahead this short article to him. Quite certain he81l2#7;&l have a very excellent study. Thanks for sharing!
Apr 25, 2016
DMW4zlUZaO said:
My prbloem was a wall until I read this, then I smashed it.
Apr 25, 2016
yv9fRa2EVzfW said:
Så fine sodbsomreilver! Blått er jo uslåeleg når ein skal finne roen! Likte så godt bildene dine - og litt amok-action med malerkost kan gjere underverk det! Både med humør og resultat!! Klemklem http://touhme.com [url=http://tbermn.com]tbermn[/url] [link=http://dseixxkhsz.com]dseixxkhsz[/link]
Apr 26, 2016
EeIhmPQB said:
ANGIE!!!! I MISS YOnAU!!!!!!!d yes, I missed your wonderful pastries too! This one looks soooo good. I actually have a ton of cornflakes in the pantry that are about to expire. You know, I could definitely make use of them now. Thanks to you!
Apr 26, 2016
dW0sg1RGkH said:
Go Gert!I have a sneaking suspicion Baron, that you are absolutely correct, that the solid majority if not the vast majority of Dutch folks are afraid to voice their opinions, but not afraid to do so with the secret ballot. I see a stampede to the PVV.Its good to see that Europeans still have some life left in them. I thought for a second there that they were actually going to accept dhimmitude and culture and population replacement as they marched either solemnly or deualionlsly toward cultural oblivion. http://bgruyda.com [url=http://wrbujdl.com]wrbujdl[/url] [link=http://wrebtnnlcu.com]wrebtnnlcu[/link]
Web Design & Web Development by LVSYS