Virtual Birthday Parties. Online game nights for families. Digital dinners with friends. You’ve done your part in staying connected while still remaining socially distanced, but when things return to normal, prepare to welcome friends and family into your home.
“The problem is that after working, studying and playing at home, a lot of people’s homes look a little drab,” says Jennifer Meska, director of merchandising and design at LL Flooring. “If you’re looking to refresh spaces for future entertainment, start with the floor and work your way up to add fashion and function to your home.”
Meska shares some top DIY projects that can be completed in just a weekend so you’re ready to welcome guests again:
1) Update floor
When you think of visual real estate in a home, flooring is the foundation of the aesthetic. Consider upgrading the flooring with modern options that add style but are also durable enough to withstand guests and everyday demands.
2) Rethink furniture
After updating the floor, think about how you will use your furniture and how it could best serve you when entertaining. Consider rearranging furniture to breathe fresh life into a space and encourage guests to meet comfortably. Prioritize the grouping of furniture to facilitate conversation and interaction while keeping common circulation areas open to facilitate movement.
In addition to rearranging furniture, now is the time to deal with the functionality of parts and, if necessary, exchange multipurpose options. For example, an ottoman is great for putting your feet up or as extra seating for guests, especially small children. Choose a pouf with a hinged top that provides storage space for blankets, toys, or other clutter. You can even add a serving tray on top when closed and have a coffee table or small buffet space for snacks.
3) Create a statement wall
Once you have decided on a furniture arrangement, try converting a focus wall to give the room an upscale interior design. An easy way to do this is to paint one wall a different accent color than the others, like blue or yellow. Increasingly popular, DIY-friendly peel-and-stick wallpaper is another fun option when you want to add pattern to an accent wall.
Another way to create a remarkable accent wall is to design a gallery wall with a collection of precious items hung in a group. Often used to decorate gallery walls, framed photographs serve as a wonderful conversation starter when guests arrive. In addition to photographs, you can add other framed items such as typography, children’s artwork, travel keepsakes, mirrors, and more.
“Now is the ideal time to prepare for the revival of home entertainment,” says Meska. “Start with the ground, think outside the box and make updates you’ll love, whether you’re hosting guests or spending time at home with family.”