Whether you live in a petite studio apartment or an expansive mountain estate villa, maximizing space to offer a welcoming environment to guests is a must. If you are pondering whether you can host that upcoming VIP gala or buy an ultra chic piece of furniture, here are a few quick tips to help you upgrade for the space you’ve always imagined.
The entryway: a welcoming place – Your entryway will most likely be the first point of contact for your guests, so naturally, this needs to offer a welcoming atmosphere. You don’t want your guests to feel cramped or overwhelmed by this vicinity. This space should be functional – allowing people to maneuver easily and efficiently. Adding a large mirror will beautifully reflect the rest of your home and give the illusion of more space. Consider adding a bench or sitting area for guests to place personal belongings and shoes. Or, add wall-mounted hooks for knick-knacks to eliminate clutter in hallways or other rooms.
Be efficient in public spaces – Your living room and family room are high traffic areas that offer the most natural spaces for friends and family to gather. Maximize this space with multifunctional furniture such as a storage ottoman – that can double as a chic cocktail table! Consider a coffee table that offers drawers or open shelving below. You will love that hidden space when your party heats up.
Turn your bedroom into a haven – Your bedroom should serve as a place of refuge from the world – a natural spot for renewal and rejuvenation. Minimize your bedroom clutter by ensuring your closet space is used properly. Tuck away those out-of-season clothes, accessories and shoes with hidden storage containers and closet organizers. Every closet could use some functional organizing.
Ensure the exterior reflects the interior – The space surrounding your home should appear fresh, clean and bright. This area is where visitors form the first impression of your home – so you certainly don’t want to disappoint. Enhance your “curb appeal” by keeping your landscape updated to begin welcoming your guests before they even walk in. Keep your lawn cut, flowerbeds tidy and weed free and, of course, greet your guests with a colorfully painted front door!