We get it: you love your friends and your family, but hosting them in your tiny living room fills you with dread. As much fun as it is to gather around and celebrate the holidays together, it’s also pretty stressful to host a party if you’re short on seating and standing room. If this sounds like a predicament you’re familiar with, have no fear. We’ll show you how to turn your cozy living room into the perfect canvas for parties big and small this season.
Set the Mood
Lighting has the power to make or break the mood. Use table lamps that give off a warm, yellow-toned light and supplement it with candles to create an intimate atmosphere. If your home is too brightly lit, guests are likely to feel they’re browsing down the aisles of a supermarket and not comfortably socializing together. When you have a small space, embrace it and the snugness it provides.
While your sofa might make a statement in the center of your room most days, it’s going to eat up valuable space on the day of your party. Don’t hesitate to shift furniture around to accommodate your guests. Focus on leaving the center of the room empty, with seating options surrounding the perimeter. Use our Room Planner if you need help visualizing what this will look like.
Expand Your Dining Options
On a typical day, you might rock a small dining room set. But since holiday parties don’t happen every day, why not select a piece that can also expand to meet your entertaining needs? Invest in furniture that features table leafs so you can embrace larger gatherings.
Consider New Seating Options
Chairs can chew up space like no other furniture. Instead, incorporate benches as the standard seating for your gathering. They can accommodate more people, are space efficient, and establish a warm, intimate setting.
Mirrors create the illusion of more space. Choose a wall that has plenty of free surface area and mount large mirrors. Mirrors also give you a chance to check out the atmosphere of the room as a whole without having to pop in and check with every guest.
This holiday season, let The RoomPlace help you gear up for your gathering. Offering affordable traditional, modern, and casual styles, we promise that your furniture solution is just a click away.