Is your living room the social heart of your home? If not, it’s time to transform it into a space where everyone wants to hang out. Think of the room as a stage and fill it with scenery that will instantly make your guests feel at home. Here’s how to create a great social life, all from the comfort of your sofa.
1. Slot in lots of seating
Make sure you have a variety of seating options in your living room that will work just as well for a few as for a crowd.
When it’s just you, your family or your housemates, you can sprawl out on the sofas, but when you have guests around, you want to ensure everyone has a seat. That might mean having a couple of spare armchairs that can be called upon or, if space is tight, turning a footstool into a perch.
When extra seating is needed in this room, the two armchairs can be simply moved sideways and the window seat comes into play.
2. Create a feet-up mood
The most welcoming living rooms actually invite guests to put their feet up, be it on an upholstered pouffe, a chaise longue or an indoor lounger, as seen here. If you’re worried about getting footprints on your furniture, ask your guests to remove their shoes, which will make them feel even more at home.
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4. Get a fire going
Sparking a fire in the hearth, or in a wood burning stove as shown here, is an instant conversation starter. It’ll create a welcoming atmosphere and everybody will be keen to learn how to fan the flames. Guests will also come in closer to enjoy its warmth. If a real fire isn’t an option there are some great electric heaters on the market, that look cosy and create a similar feel.
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5. Include perches for drinks
If friends and family often descend on your home, it’s probably because you’re known not just for having a comfy living room, but for your excellent hospitality too. So as well as having a coffee table, make sure you have side tables at either end of the sofa for guests to rest their drinks and nibbles on. A nest of tables can also come in useful.