Design Tips for Homeowners Who Love to Entertain
A lot of homeowners today love to entertain, and as the weather (slowly but surely) warms up, the social season is warming up, too. It’s such a joy to be able to share your home with others, but most of us can agree that some spaces are just better than others for entertaining. So, let’s take a look at a few key features to keep in mind if you plan to renovate or redesign your space with guests in mind.
Renovating to Make Your Home “Great for Entertaining”
How many times have you seen that phrase on a listing? So often, we hear that a property is “great for entertaining”, but what exactly does that entail?
Outdoor Living and Dining
Chicago is absolutely stunning in the spring and summer months, and if you are having guests over, you’ll want to have an outdoor space for them to enjoy. That may be anything from a large deck in a private backyard to a rooftop garden, but in any of those cases, consider investing in the following amenities:
- An outdoor kitchen or built-in grilling area
- A hot tub or swim spa
- Large, comfortable seating (with a design that mirrors your interior)
Compartmentalize Seating, but Don’t Sacrifice Flow
If you want to optimize your home for guests, you want conversation to flow easily from one room to the next. At the same time, you want guests to be free to mingle and have meaningful exchanges without shouting or struggling to find reasonable seating.
The way to accomplish this is by creating cozy areas throughout the home where 2-4 guests can sit and chat, as well as maintaining one large open space that will serve as the main hub for any gatherings you hold.
Repurpose Unused First-Floor Rooms
If you have a first-floor guest room that is largely unused, why not turn that into a “quiet room” for your guests? Think of this as a hospitable space where your party’s attendees can freshen up or have a moment of privacy when they need it. If it’s in your design budget, consider asking your contractor about a quote for adding a powder room to this space.
Consider an Interactive, Chef-Worthy Kitchen Redesign
Nothing is better for entertaining than a large, open kitchen that is packed with all of the same amenities you would find in a professional chef’s kitchen. Additionally, a bar or center island with counter-height seating will allow your guests to keep you company and feel like they are part of the meal prep process.
This is just a small list of ways that you can make guests feel more welcome in your home. For more information or to inquire about our renovation and interior design expertise, contact us at