Whether your family drop by unannounced or you are welcoming friends for a spontaneous weekend, your home can be the ideal space within which to host those close to you. While some may claim not to be easily embarrassed by a little messiness, most will want welcomed guests to feel comfortable within a living space. This is why having a guest-friendly space is advantageous. And, for those unexpected and last-minute get-togethers, having a guest-ready home is ideal.
What does guest-ready mean when it comes to our own property? Having the space to accommodate visitors is useful, as is enough food to share. But there are also plenty of other details you can consider that will make hosting stress-free. Collecting popular advice from interior designs, here’s how to make your home a place that supports effortless hosting.
Being able to feel comfortable, reclining into a comfy chair or sitting with enough space around a dinner table, requires appropriate furniture. While you may have chosen the perfect furniture for yourself and your family, consider whether each piece also works for guests. Your sofa may be directed at the television, but does it also support group conversations when there are more people in the room?
It may seem illogical to keep empty chairs around the table when they’re not being used, especially when you would like to make the most of space. There are ways around this, and some that don’t necessarily involve modular furniture that can be stored away easily. For example, hardwood chairs can be used as design features, such as to display large plants.
Having guests within your home means sharing space. However, with the right accommodation, both you and your guests can have a certain amount of privacy, lending itself toward a smoother stay. Those with gardens are using summer houses and annexe spaces to allow guests their own, private space to stay, one that is separate from the home.
This can be incredibly useful for those with children and animals, allowing your guests to have a certain amount of stress-free independence, instead of being forced to wake up when your household does. Plus, it is possible to design external buildings with en suite facilities and even kitchens, potentially giving your friends and family plenty of comfort.
For guests to feel totally comfortable, they require a certain amount of autonomy. Your home should be designed in a way that those new to the space are inclined to understand how things work. Having an obvious space for shoes, such as a shoe rack, quietly suggests shoes should be removed and stored. Keeping a space clear from clutter prevents a guest from wondering whether they can interfere, allowing them instead to make themselves at home without the need for a host to quickly tidy away their belongings.
This sense of entry extends beyond guiding guests through your home and to giving them a room to sit, relax, and place their drinks. Even having placemats ready can stop a friend from hesitating or feeling uncomfortable holding a drink.