How to Create Elegant Living Spaces for Entertaining

Sarah Robinson
White, elegant home entry way

When you’re redecorating your home, you want to create a space that is comfortable and liveable for you and your family. However, you also want it to feel warm and welcoming for guests. It’s all about striking that balance of comfort and elegance in each and every space. Think beyond just the living room and consider the whole house: How can you make every room in your home feel ready for guests? 

Welcome Guests With a Chic Entryway and Front Door

Black front door with holiday wreath

Get your guests excited about your home before they even step inside with a cool front door. For an extra special touch, add a welcome mat and a little sign or decor near your door to greet them. 

Once they’re inside, the entryway is the first space your guests will see, so it’s important to make it feel welcoming. The key thing to consider is to make sure you have enough space for their coats, shoes, and other items. (Be sure to add some extra hangers, just in case!)

When you’re designing your entryway, choose a paint color for your hallway that sets the tone for the rest of your home. You want it to feel warm and welcoming to guests—if it’s too intense, it might make your space feel too formal. If you have space, consider adding a small bench for people to perch on while they’re settling in or getting ready to head out. It’s a thoughtful touch that everyone will appreciate. 

Create an Elegant Living Room

Elegant living room with white painted walls

When it comes to creating an elegant space for entertaining, the living room is where your focus will be, as this is usually the space that sees the most action when you have people over. It’s also one of the rooms you’ll use the most, so you want to make sure it’s a space that suits your style and is comfortable for everyday use, but also has an elevated look that guests will appreciate. 

It all starts with the right paint color. You want to choose a color palette that reflects your style but also feels inviting to guests. You also want to make sure you have plenty of seating options. Choose a sofa that is comfy enough for everyday use, but also looks stylish and sophisticated. If you’re tight on space, look for items that serve double duty, such as ottomans with storage, or stools that can also serve as side tables when you don’t need them for seating. (Or you could simply keep a few stylish folding chairs in storage that you can bring out when you need some extra seating.) 

It’s also great to add a mix of soft textures to your room to make it feel more like home for your guests. Use accent pillows in all shapes and sizes to highlight your color palette and keep everyone comfortable. Floor pillows are great too, as they add some texture, but also provide some extra seating when you need it.

Turn Your Kitchen Into an Elegant Entertaining Space

Elegant kitchen with tea and cupcakes to host guest

It’s no coincidence that so many parties end up with people congregating in the kitchen. After all, that’s where all the snacks are! Food is a very social thing, which is why people love to gather in the kitchen. It’s easy to make your kitchen feel inviting to guests—all it takes is a few small touches.

To start, try adding some color to your kitchen through accessories, accents, or your kitchen island. This will liven up the room a bit and encourage conversation. Make sure you also create some space for gathering, whether it’s adding a few extra seats around the kitchen table or some tall stools around the island or bar. 

Make a Cozy Guest Room

white guest bedroom with hanging lights and small desk

If you regularly have overnight guests and have the space, it’s definitely a good idea to create a separate guest room. People always appreciate having a bit more privacy and having some of the comforts of home. Aside from a comfy bed, add in some thoughtful touches like a place to charge their phone, fresh towels and bedding, and a card or small sign with the wifi password and other practical details. 

Even if you don’t have the space for a dedicated guest room, you can easily convert an office or den into a temporary guest room. If you have room for a sofa, look for a model that converts into a bed that can easily be pulled out when you need it and tucked away when not in use. Another great option is to invest in an elevated air bed—it can easily be tucked into a closet when not in use, but the extra height makes it feel more like a real bed.

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