When planning for events and gatherings, space is everything. Large islands that open to family room spaces make an awesome place to chat and hang out while not missing out on the big game or any of the action. Wet bars have made a huge comeback. Displaying glassware and liquors or wines can make a big visual impact (especially with a great wow-factor tile and a fun cabinet color!). Functional features such as under-cabinet beverage fridges, ice makers, and a bar sink (which can double as a great spot for ice and bottled drinks) make the space practical. Don’t like to see it? You can always do full cabinet doors with the bar hidden behind. Open them when you are entertaining, and tuck your wet bar away for daily living.
We are seeing entertaining spaces become more and more prioritized in new home designs as people begin to plan for reconnecting with family and friends. That usually means flexible spaces that can be intimate as well as adaptable for larger groups. An island in the kitchen can be used as a casual breakfast spot for two or as a hub of conversation for a party. An investment in a more elaborate exterior door system can turn two smaller spaces into a large indoor/outdoor social space. In addition, looking at a comprehensive master plan for the backyard can be a great way to add enviable entertaining spaces, whether that means a deck, patio, outdoor kitchen, or even a pool.
Open the doors and let the fun spill outside! It doesn’t need to be fancy; just focus on comfort and function. Know the weather in your area. Will your guests need shelter from sun or rain, a fire pit for cool evenings, or fans for sultry days? A few chairs clustered around small tables facilitate quiet conversations, while benches flanking long tables make way for bigger feasting and louder laughter. Keep a few cushions, throws, or even beach towels handy to soften things up. Thoughtful lighting makes an impact. Have fun and get creative! There are endless options available. Don’t overlook safety, and avoid unstable structures, tipsy furniture, and tripping hazards. And always take proper precautions when fire or water is involved. If it isn’t safe, change it. In all of this, don’t forget to make it yours. Make a space that tastefully reflects your personality and passions, allowing you and your guests to relax and enjoy.