5 easy ways to get your living room ready for entertaining

When guests are coming over, it’s essential that your living room is prepared for entertaining. It doesn’t matter whether you’re hosting a large party or just having your closest friends over for drinks. The wrong living room set up can turn a promising evening into a disappointing dud. Here’s how to make sure your living room is ready for company so that the evening runs smoothly and everyone has a good time.

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interior design livingroom real estate home1. Create mood lighting – The right mood lighting should be dark enough so that everyone can feel relaxed and comfortable. It should also, however, be bright enough that your guests can still see! Use multiple light sources throughout the room and dim your overhead light so that it doesn’t feel too harsh.

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2. Set up furniture to create an intimate setting – While your furniture setup might be ideal for everyday living, it may not be the best arrangement for a party environment. Rearrange your furniture close together so that people can converse without straining themselves.

3. Allow room for movement – You want your guests to circulate! So as you’re rearranging your furniture, keep in mind that while you want to create an intimate setting, the room should also have clear paths so guests can easily move about. If the room isn’t setup for movement, your guests might feel stuck in one place all night.

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4. Have a drink station – Even though you’re the host, you shouldn’t have to be in the kitchen all night making drinks. With a drink station set up in your living room, you can either let your guests help themselves, or serve them drinks without having to leave all of the fun.

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5. Make sure your space is clutter-free – You’ve already deep-cleaned the living room, but it’s easy for miscellaneous items to somehow make their way back. The day of the party, be sure to do one final check to make sure everything is neatly organized and put away in the right spot.

Throwing a good party takes some planning and strategic decorating. On the night of the event, however, all your hard work will pay off and your party will be a smashing success.

By Wendy Weinert

The art of lighting

Lighting is often overlooked in interior design and it shouldn’t be. If you’ve spent an ample amount of time decorating your home, don’t you want each room to look its best? The right lighting allows you to see clearly, creates an inviting atmosphere and highlights design elements you want to feature.

Living room

Living rooms are multi-purpose rooms and therefore require a variety of lighting options. While you want the living room to be bright and inviting during the day, a softer light would be appreciated after a stressful day at work. Install dimmers to make your overhead lights work for different situations. With just a tiny adjustment, a bright and well-lit room can instantly soften and darken for a movie night.

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For areas where you often work, read or do hobbies, incorporate task lighting. A lamp next to your couch will allow you to get the light you need when you need it.

Dining room

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The dining room table is the focal point of any dining room. Draw even more attention to the table with a decorative chandelier or pendant light fixture. Low lighting is perfect for dinner parties or family meals; consider the Hinkley Carlton  Chandelier to add beautiful lighting and elegant style to the dining room.

Kitchen

You will want to see clearly when preparing food so make sure you have a well-lit room. Locate areas where you will be prepping food. For example, if you have a kitchen island, install one or a couple of light fixtures either as a pendant, or as a chandelier. Using a combination of pendant lights/chandeliers and recessed lights will provide you with the optimum lighting for your kitchen tasks as well as give your space a stylish appeal.

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Bedrooms

The bedroom is a place to rest, which means harsher lighting should be avoided. A combination of recessed and task lighting will allow you to relax and you can still read or finish work before bed. Incorporate accent lighting if you have artwork or any architectural elements you want to feature.

Bathroom

When you get ready in the morning, a well-lit bathroom can be a lifesaver. To avoid causing shadows in your bathroom, light both sides of the vanity mirror. Then you can incorporate ambient lighting in the rest of the room to create a spa-like environment for bathing.

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Lighting up your living room

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If the kitchen is the heart of the home, the living room would have to be the soul. It’s often the main space for entertaining, so it’s important to have lighting that’s both useful and attractive.

Many people, however, don’t have ceiling lighting in their living rooms. If you decide you want this type of lighting, it’s highly recommended you hire an expert to install it. Not only do you need someone who is knowledgeable about installation processes and electricity, but you also want a professional who will not damage your walls or ceiling.

There are many advantages to adding ceiling lighting. It gives the room a special atmosphere. It doesn’t require much RooneyChandelierspace – ceiling light fixtures are natural choices for small rooms. Plus, there’s a style to fit any home decor – formal, modern, traditional, informal. You can get a fixture that matches other lighting in the room, or one that is part of a blended design.

If you decide you don’t want to add a ceiling fixture, you’ll need to light the room with floor and table lamps, or perhaps wall sconces. Torchieres , which are floor lamps that shine upward, make lovely additions to rooms. Not only are they bright and beautiful, but many come with dimmers, allowing a touch of ambiance.

MeenaTableLampTable lamps are another option that fits in well with any furniture style. From contemporary to rustic, novelty to Tiffany, table lamps only need a flat surface and you’ll instantly add just the right lighting to your living room. When you consider the wide selection of finishes and shades available, you’ll realize that you can customize your lighting choices with pieces perfect for you.

Consider selecting a couple of wall sconces to add light and beauty to your room. Today’s selections are stylish, and can be warm, glowing beacons that light up the night.