Even if you have a beautiful living room that you have lovingly decorated with the latest interior decor trends, that doesn’t mean it’s going to be inviting enough for guests and family members to want to regularly congregate in.
If you dream of your home being the designated gathering place of your social circle, then read on how you can transform your living room into a social hub.
The big picture
The first thing you should do is evaluate what you are working with. What is the first thing someone would feel when walking into the living area? What is the general impression they would get? Remember that it is not enough to simply have the room look expertly put together. Sometimes if the room looks too perfect, it can give the impression that this is not the place to unwind and have a good time, but instead to be very careful not to leave ring marks on the coffee table.
What do you have working for you and what is working against you? We are concentrating here on living rooms in particular, but if it is too small then you might have to consider alternatives, such as an outdoor patio.
Very importantly, is the room clutter-free? It is difficult to completely relax in a room that is messy and full of junk.
Comfort is very important for creating a social hub. People need to psychologically feel comfortable in a social environment, but obviously they need physical comfort as well. Take a good look at your seating arrangements. Is there sufficient seating place first of all? Even if there is enough, ask yourself whether the seating arrangement is conducive for socialising. For instance, will people be able to sit comfortably and face one another to make it easy to interact? Also remember that a long dining table, while great for dinners, isn’t always ideal for a comfortable socialising atmosphere. People like to relax on lounge suites when chatting and catching up in an informal manner.
Have a hook
Now that you have sorted the general impression of the room as well as the seating arrangements, you can think of having a specific hook to draw people in. While it is not completely necessary and you might do just fine without it, if you want a good reason to have people round again and again, there are a few ways you can make your living room do all the work for you.
Here are a few options:
- Install a bar, or even just a bar fridge.
- Have an entertainment centre for watching movies, playing games or listening to music.
- Set up a table for boardgames.
- Clear a small dance area in your living room.
Whatever you decide to do depends on your interests, what type of activities your social circles is into and what kind of gatherings you would like to promote.
These tips are easy and simple to implement. Just remember that you don’t have to go all out and spend a fortune. Setting up the living room is really just about making sure that the physical space encourages and promotes social gatherings. Ultimately, you want it to be filled with people you care about you, and not the entertainment you provide.