How to Turn Your Home Into the Perfect Hangout Spot
It’s safe to say that 2020 has brought us all some pretty unforgettable experiences, even if they’ve all been from the comfort of home. Yes, this year of lockdowns has seen a great number of us live life in the slow lane for a change, and only really being productive when it comes to perfecting our home office. But even though we’re expecting to be in the clear nearing winter’s end, it’s still recommended that we keep our social calendar nice and contained. And what better way to do this than turn our home into any host’s dream? Here are a few small ways you can turn your home into the perfect space for hangouts.
1. Maximise your space
First and foremost, you should assess your home’s layout and outline any areas that are ripe for transformation. For instance, you can reorganise your kitchen space to be more accommodating of guests (and guest chefs!), convert your back patio into a stylish alfresco dining space with a gas heater, barbecue, and bar, or even turn your living room into a fully decked out home theatre space for the best movie nights. The possibilities when it comes to total home makeovers are quite literally endless and can be unique to you and your family, so be sure to approach this passion project as a group to ensure that the whole family can reap the benefits of your reimagined home.
2. Dabble in interior design
Speaking of reimagining, when was the last time you revisited your home’s interior design plan, or outlined the style of your home? Australia is known for its stunning art, culture and design, making it the perfect source of inspiration for anyone looking to dip their toe into interior styling.
Creating an inviting home environment is all about maintaining balance and cohesion between your different living spaces. A good place to start is by ensuring that all the elements found within your home adhere to a select style guide, and using accents that adhere to that style.
Speaking of balance and cohesion, it’s also recommended that you think about the feng shui of your home, and how your design principles complement the natural flow from room to room. For instance, if you’re going for a bohemian feel, you can use patterned hallway runners to lead guests from space to space. Think about what accents or features you’d like your guests to feel free to explore, and about how the placement of furniture like stools and end tables allows guests to feel comfortable finding their own personal space within your home. Try walking through your home with ‘new eyes’ to ensure full attention to detail.
3. Creature comforts
Finally, all great hangout spots have to be warm, cosy, and a downright delight to be in. The best way to attain these qualities is by going all out when it comes to amenities in your home environment. Provide your guests with a variety of seating options, from pouffes to beanbags, or even from outdoor benches to hammocks and picnic blankets for garden parties in springtime.
Adding accents like artwork and greenery to your rooms can also naturally help your home feel more comfortable by providing your guests with a mixture of engaging visual stimuli. Feel free to really play with the other senses too! Use candles and incense for ambient lighting and naturally cleaning your air. Use textured cushions and throws to make your guests fight the urge to sink into your sofa. Have bluetooth speakers handy to provide some nice background music to all the homey events in your social calendar.
With all these tips in mind, you’re well on your way to turning your home into an enviably perfect collection of hangout spots. Now all that’s left to do is organise some fun nights in and send out your invites!