Make the space more usable, open and bright by adopting an open floor plan. Allowing the kitchen, living room and dining room to all connect with wide, open lines of sight – meaning no obstructing walls – will create an atmosphere where guests can freely wander, lounge and mingle. As you prepare dishes and do any necessary clean-up, you can talk and drink with guests without skipping a beat. You’ll be the host and chef simultaneously. Or if you’re lucky, family and friends can help with the preparation too while still feeling connected with the party.
4. Winter-ready design. When your guests arrive at your front door, they should feel transported to a holiday destination. Whether you’re going for the white, silver and snowy feel or the rich, warm, woodland feel, be sure that the aesthetics are consistent throughout.
Luxury decor such as quality wreaths, well-crafted holiday figurines or objects, cashmere throws, customized place settings, tasteful color schemes and some classy holiday tunes will achieve that perfect party ambiance. You don’t need to spend an arm and a leg to create a great atmosphere. It’s all about choosing the holiday aesthetic you prefer and adhering to the theme. The rustic, woodland, flannel look will deliver a very cozy, cabin-like feel, while the white-washed winter wonderland theme is great for more formal parties or homes that possess mostly light-colored walls. Either way, you’ll make quite an impression with your guests.
5. Updated lighting. There’s no better time to update your home’s lighting than before winter. As the seasons change, your home will experience far less natural light during the evenings, meaning you need to make sure each room is well-lit and inviting. Installing tight-interval recessed lighting is a great way to liven up a space. A less expensive option is to install track lighting that doesn’t require recession into the ceiling. Either way, ensure the lighting attractively showcases the best features of the room, and provides an even glow throughout.
Always use LED lights, which are nearly six times more efficient than incandescent bulbs and will only cost around $50 to $150 to install. Your guests will appreciate that each room they explore has attractive, inviting lighting. And don’t forget about the exterior too. Use tasteful holiday lights to really excite your guests as they pull up the driveway.
First published on USNews.com. 5 Ways to Turn Your Home into a Holiday Hosting Oasis